Local Spotlight — Yurok Designs & Photography

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“I am passionate about learning traditional ways and listening to the stories. I have decided to be public about my passion out of respect for my culture and my family of artisans.” – Kristi J. Smith, Yurok Designs & Photography

If you’ve ever visited the Yurok Country Visitor Center, Redwood Hotel Casino, or galleries throughout the North Coast, you may be familiar with Yurok Designs & Photography. Their apparel and photography pay tribute to the Yurok tribe and carry on an artistic tradition through photographs, art, cards, woven baskets, and other crafted goods.

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Thrilling Klamath River Jet Boat Tours Begin in May!

Klamath River Jet Boat Tour

There’s nothing quite like spending a summer day out on the water; and when that water is the Klamath River, there’s no better boat ride than Klamath River Jet Boat Tours. Starting May 15th, the season will begin once more for passengers to take a 45-mile tour of the Klamath River.

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The Redwood Creek Buckarettes Provide an Unmissable Ride Through Redwood National Park

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There are three requirements to providing an extraordinary guided tour.

  1. The leader is both knowledgeable and charismatic.
  2. The tour is unique and memorable.
  3. The location possesses unparalleled beauty and history.

Needless to say, The Redwood Creek Buckarettes provide all three in their incomparable horseback tours through Redwood National and State Parks. More

The Yurok Scenic Byways Will Take You Through Our Most Treasured Lands

Crescent Beach Overlook

There is simply no place quite like California’s iconic North Coast, home to Redwood National and State Parks, breathtaking ocean views, the tallest trees on Earth, the tranquil Klamath river, and the state’s largest Native American tribe.  Yurok Country is within easy driving distance of the more than 200 miles of trails that meander along the beaches and through the old-growth forests, forests where some trees approach over 350 feet in height and 2,000 years of age.

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The “Car-Free” Way to Experience California’s North Coast

Klamath, California

Klamath, California

Last month we shared some ideas on how to enjoy California’s Redwood National and State Parks by bicycle. To continue our “car free” series on how to explore California’s beautiful North Coast, we checked with visitcalifornia.com and found some more helpful ideas.

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A great way to visit California’s national parks is by ditching your car (and the search for parking!) and taking public transportation.

Riding public transportation saves visitors time and money, while also allowing travelers to focus on California’s beautiful scenery instead of the road.

Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth, offers hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping and dining to visitors. The Redwood Coast Transit bus service is a convenient way to visit the park and offers services to the communities of Smith River, Cresent City, Gasquet, Klamath and Arcata, California.

The RCT Route 10 – Del Norte Coast / Klamath makes three round trips each day, Monday thru Saturday along Highway 101 between Crescent City and Klamath Glen. Visitors may catch the bus by waiting at any of their scheduled stops or calling them to arrange pick up at other locations within one mile of Hwy 101.

For Information & Dial-a-Ride Reservations call (707) 464-6400

point reyes national seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore, along the Northern California coast, is a beautiful 80-mile shoreline which, as the only federally-protected seashore on the west coast, protects more than 1,500 animal and plant species.

Winter is a popular visiting season, as the gray whales are migrating south and the elephant seals return, a Winter Shuttle Bus System is available for visitors. The shuttle system takes visitors from Drakes Beach to Point Reyes Lighthouse, with a stop at Chimney Rock. The shuttle is available on weekends and federal holidays during December through mid-April from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and costs only $7. Tickets can be purchased at the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitors Center at Drakes Beach until 3 p.m.

photo credit: Point Reyes National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service) via photopin (license)

Yurok Country is a Pacific Coast Cyclist’s Dream

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Featured Itinerary: Biking Through Yurok Country

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Images courtesy of California Bicycle Coalition, Redwood Casino Hotel & visitcalifornia.com.

Each year, thousands of avid cyclists from all over the world come to California’s North Coast to ride portions of the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route for the thrill of the ultimate riding experience.  A favorite among bicyclists, this route is well known for it’s unsurpassed natural beauty, unique coastal towns and exhilarating hills and climbs.

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to ride the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route due to lighter motorized traffic and cool temperatures.  When you plan you trip- plan a stop in Klamath CA in Del Norte County.  This bike friendly town, conveniently located on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River, is a refuge for tired bicyclists making the journey along Highway 101 through the Redwood National and State Parks.

Cyclists come here to rest and rejuvenate as they prepare for the next leg of their journey.  An emergency repair station equipped with tool kits, tire patch kits and first aid supplies is available to cyclists at The Redwood Hotel Casino.   There are picnic tables for those who need to rest and refuel after a long ride.  If you need to call it a day and stay the night, you can bring your bike to most hotels or camp out in one of our beautiful camp grounds.

While you are here, take in the majesty of the Redwood groves of Yurok Country, home to the Yurok Tribe, California’s largest Native American Tribe. The tribe’s ancestral lands include much of the coastline near Klamath, and extend up the Klamath River for over 40 miles.

Adventure travelers are a short distance of the more than 200 miles of trails that wisps along the beaches and through the centuries old forests—forests where some trees approach over 350 feet in height and 2,000 years of age.

Points of interest to see while you are here:

YUROK COUNTRY VISITOR CENTER
Now open, this new facility is a hub for tourist information and local businesses. The visitor center will educate visitors about the Yurok Tribe’s heritage and culture.

ENDERTS BEACH AND CRESCENT BEACH OVERLOOK
Stand before outstanding Pacific Ocean views from the overlook; you may even see a gray whale! Walk 1-mile to Enderts Beach, an access route to multi-colored, myriad tidepool creatures. Be sure to check low tide times. Trailers not advised.

KLAMATH RIVER OVERLOOK
Drive to Klamath River Overlook, a prime spot for watching the gray whale migration. Look for other marine mammals and a host of seabirds any time of year. Hike ¼ mile down a steep trail to the lower overlook and more dramatic views.

HIDDEN BEACH TRAIL
Part of the Coastal Trail. This beautiful 4 mile hike follows coastal bluffs to Lagoon Creek. Turn West from Highway 101 onto Requa Road to get started

TOUR-THRU TREE
Klamath (Terwer Valley exit from Hwy 101) Located North of Klamath Bridge. Address: 430 Highway 169, Klamath, CA 95548 – 707-482-5971

SCENIC BYWAYS
The Yurok Scenic Byways Program (YSBP) was established in 2011. Its mission is to share the Yurok story with the people traveling through Yurok Ancestral Territory and to educate those visitors on environmentally responsible ways to enjoy the recreational activities.

REDWOOD NATIONAL & STATE PARKS
JEDEDIAH SMITH STATE PARK
NEWTON B. DRURY SCENIC PARKWAYS
TREES OF MYSTERY
TRADITIONAL YUROK VILLAGE
PAUL’S FAMOUS SMOKED SALMON

The natural amenities and welcoming hospitality makes Yurok Country among the highlights of a cyclist’s ride along Highway 101 on their way to or from San Francisco (or beyond).  Join us this autumn or any time of the year for a spectacular ride!  For more information, please visit visityurokcountry.com.