Just 14 miles east of Covelo, “where the pavement ends,” lies the secluded and magnificent Black Butte River Ranch. This 14-acre facility is minutes from great swimming holes on the Eel River and the wilds of the Mendocino National Forest. The ranch offers full hook-up RV sites, tent camping and rustic cabins along the Black Butte River. A County Store, a barbecue featuring local grass fed beef, and showers and a laundromat are all on-site. Bring your horse; Black Butte River Ranch provides nine paddocks and seven acres of pasture. Rainbow trout, salmon and steelhead can be found in over 300 miles of streams and 2,000 acres of lakes and ponds. Other recreational opportunities abound, including camping, hiking, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, hunting, nature study, mushroom hunting, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel.
The Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness to the north provides the experience of deep mountain forests and swift rivers. Mendocino National Forest is located only 6 miles from the Ranch. The changing elevations in this wilderness offer a wide variety of outdoor conditions.