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Address: Bureau of Land Management, Ukiah Field Office, 2550 North State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
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Named for the longhorn cattle that once roamed wild, the 60,000 acre Cow...

Named for the longhorn cattle that once roamed wild, the 60,000 acre Cow Mountain Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

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Great Public Gun Range

Cow mountain has camping sites, off road dirt bike and quad bike, hiking trails, and fishing. I went this time to their Gun Range. It took about 15 to 20 min to drive up from the... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Ukiah, California
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Ukiah, California
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is a very nice trail to the top - full of ticks so wear long pants and long sleeves. The area around the top is used for off road activities and lots of people shoot targets up there, not always in the designated areas.

Thank Ginevra C
Ukiah, California
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66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Cow mountain has camping sites, off road dirt bike and quad bike, hiking trails, and fishing. I went this time to their Gun Range. It took about 15 to 20 min to drive up from the Buddhist Temple. You will need a good car with a 4x4 to get all the way up. Once there please observe all the rules... More 

Thank Johnny0110
Ukiah, California
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

easy to get to, plenty of hiking trails we also went into the creek & swam in the lake, although there might be sign not to, but we did this after dark

Thank Devora S
Ukiah, California
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Get great views from up on the east side of the Ukiah valley by climbing up the cow mountain. Usually I take my mountain bike up the valley view trail. From up top Clear Lake can be seen, as well as far in all directions. I'm going back there today.

1 Thank david n
Redding, California, United States
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82 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Great place to take some pics. If its been wet, there are lots of tiny run-offs and little rills running. A beautiful part of the north state.

Thank Laura W
Ukiah, California
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7 reviews
Reviewed 21 April 2015

Many people go up there for the off-road environment and for target practice. I'm told people take their children there for picnics, etc. Personally, I did not find it very family-friendly. Be aware, this is a well used party spot for underage drinkers.

Thank Nancy B
Fort Bragg, California
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273 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2015 via mobile

This review is for the Valley View Trail only..We hiked up the trail a couple miles. Its pretty straight up, quite the butt kicker climb. The dirt trail itself needs some major work. Water run off during storms has cut grooves down the middle in a lot of places..It was pretty dry as we haven't had rain in a couple... More 

1 Thank TwoTeaTotalers
Kelseyville, California
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

There are so many things to do here. We have hiked, quadded, jeeped and dirt biked up here. Fun trails that are marked with difficulty level.

3 Thank funNcancun
Redwood Valley, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

This BLM land has lots of trails, single track and wider fire trails for both dirt bike riding and ATVs. No fee for access. Great place for all skill levels. No running water, you have to bring your own. There are outhouses in the staging area. Can get very hot in summer.

1 Thank Karen S
Ukiah, Ca
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113 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2012 via mobile

If you like dirt (dust or mud depending on the season), chaparral, vultures and young men blasted on whatever they can find driving vehicles recklessly, you'll love Cow Mountain. We drove over it once to see if we could get to Lakeport. Probably the dumbest thing my wife and I have ever done. The Mill Creek Lakes and county park... More 

2 Thank Ukiahdds

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