communities and rugged natural beauty define northern California's
County. Country highways connect Mendocino's five diverse
regions, but Mendocino County has always been about "the road
not traveled," both literally and metaphorically.
Before (not?) going there, here are a few Mendocino County
facts and figures: Mendocino is California's 12th largest
county, bounded to the south by Sonoma County, the north by
Humboldt and Trinity counties, and to the west by more than
100 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline.
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The Coast Range, with elevations from 2,000 to 7,000 feet,
runs through the middle of the county, as does Highway 101.
A large proportion of Mendocino
County is covered by trees, primarily redwoods and fir,
many protected in parks for visitors to appreciate. Vineyards
and organic farms are also found across the county. Climates
range from the steady cool coast to seasonal fluctuations
in the inland valleys, where temperatures range between the
90s and the 30s.
Intimate inns, champagne-style sparkling wines, ideal settings
for romantic getaways and spectacular
scenery have enticed travelers to Mendocino County for generations.
Families also find plenty to do here. National forests, the
Ecological Staircase and Russian River habitats draw bird
watchers and naturalists. Gardeners flock to rhododendron
and azalea nurseries, Fetzer Vineyard's Valley Oaks
gardens and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
Campers find coastside campgrounds as well as inland spots
next to the Eel River and Lake Mendocino. Art galleries and
antique shops throughout the county offer classic California
Outdoor enthusiasts can fish in streams or from ocean charter
boats, paddle canoes and glide kayaks, and bike loamy redwood
trails. For something truly "country," there are rodeos in
Anderson Valley, Covelo and Willits. Horseback riding and
beachcombing for ocean-tumbled treasures add to the long list
of favorite "Mendo" pastimes.
County is Mendocino's least populated and wildest region.
Everywhere one turns are examples of California's most authentic
old-time communities. Willits is home to the Mendocino
County Museum, a favorite of train
buffs and fans of Pomo and Yuki basket weaving. Numerous campsites
are located next to deep cold rivers with refreshing swimming
holes. Organic farms and orchards abound in Round Valley,
also home to northern California's largest Indian reservation
where the Tribal Administration Center features exhibits of
baskets, arrowheads and stone tools.