Bear Valley Music Festival

The Bear Music Festival will be in full swing from July 26 through August 11.

Nine time Grammy award winners, Asleep at the Wheel, will play on July 27th at 7 pm.  “Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy one of the best live acts in the business”….For nearly four decades, leader Ray Benson and his ultra-talented ensemble have distinguished themselves as not only the greatest western swing band on earth since the heyday of Wills and the Texas Playboys, but also as an honest-to-goodness institution of Texas music. Way back in the ’70s, AATW had the honor of opening the first ever season of TV’s Austin City Limits, and it’s also the only act to have played every Austin City Limits Music Festival to date. The band’s name may be a joke (Benson is as known for his sense of humor as for his mellifluous voice and imposing stature), but there’s no fooling around when it comes to the serious musicianship on display as the Wheel careens all over the highways and byways of American music.

Check out the full schedule here.

Crab Feed in Bear Valley

Join the Bear Valley Business Association on February 16th at 6 pm for a Crab Feed at the Perry Walther Building in Bear Valley.  Dinner includes Dungeness Crab, Spaghetti, Bread, Salad and Dessert.  Proceeds Benefit the Bear Valley Music Festival.  Tickets available at the Bear Valley General Store, Bear Valley Cross Country and the Bear Valley Sport Shop.  Call 209-753-2842 for more information.

Ebbetts Pass Closed for Death Ride July 13th

July 13, 2013 – The Death Ride or Tour of the California Alps – Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in America’s West, the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Death Ride®, while enjoying the magnificent scenery and warm hospitality of Alpine County!

Road Closures:
From 5:00am – 7:15am, the road will be closed to traffic from the Markleeville Courthouse to the junction of Highways 89 & 4. Monitor & Ebbetts Pass will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 5:00am. Monitor Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 12:00pm. Ebbetts Pass reopens to vehicular traffic at 3:00pm.

Note:  Registration for participation in this event is full.

Get all the details at

Ebbetts Pass Visitors Center

Poised at the gateway to our National Scenic Byway, the Ebbetts Pass Visitors Center is ready to show you the “Real Sierra.” From recreation & lodging, to shopping & services;
we offer a one-stop-shop for “Everything Ebbetts Pass.”

The Ebbetts Pass Visitors Center features many local artists for your daily viewing pleasure, please feel free to drop by and enjoy the talents of the artists of the Byway.

Murphys to Markleeville; Let us help you explore this scenic wonderland.

Visitors Center, Ebbetts Pass information, Ebbetts Pass Recreation, Arnold Visitors Center, Arnold California Recreation.

Forest Watch Annual Picnic

Please join them on Sunday July 14 for a potluck BBQ picnic, swimming, music and more at the Pine Brook recreation area picnic area. Festivities begin at 3pm and go until 6pm. We will furnish the entree–burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and drinks. We ask that you bring a side dish. Michela, Ron & Fred from the Tour Guides/Cantamos band will be performing.

Directions: Coming from Arnold, turn right off Highway 4 on Moran Road into Blue Lake Springs, go down Moran Road until you see the Pine Brook sign on your left (about 2.3 miles from Highway 4). Turn left on Flanders and the picnic area will be on the right. Coming up from Murphys/Angels Camp, at Avery turn right on Hotel Road, then left on Moran Road until the Pine Brook sign on the left (about 3 miles from Highway 4). Turn right on Flanders and the picnic area will be on the right. (See map.)

Please RSVP to Bunny at 209-795-8260 or

The Pass is Closed

November 1, 2016 – The pass is closed due to recent storms but is likely to re-open soon.  At this time of year we can expect the pass to close and re-open several times before being closed for the season after snow has accumulated and is no longer melting off.

Check our Facebook page (and see Sierra Sentry’s most recent video) and the Road Conditions link on our home page for the most up to date information and, remember, conditions in the mountains can change quickly. Always carry chains, blankets, water and treats and pay heed to those informational signs.

Winter is Coming and we want you to enjoy your time to the mountains!