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Kirkwood is a tiny community in rustic Alpine County in northern California. The town is known more for its surroundings and ski resort than for the town itself. It's located 30 minutes south of Lake Tahoe along scenic Highway 88. With one of the smallest populations of all the counties in California, most of the population in Alpine County is centered on four mountain communities: Markleeville, Woodfords, Bear Valley and Kirkwood. It's a very rural area, but the surrounding counties have larger cities with more shopping and other conveniences. High snow-covered peaks, alpine meadows, beautiful forests and crystal clear streams are what you'll find here. The Kirkwood Ski Resort has 2,300 acres of wide-open terrain, with gentle slopes, all the way up to steep mountain chutes. The park offers learn-to-ski programs and a children's center, a snowboard center, cross-country skiing and horse drawn sleigh rides. In summer, there's horseback riding, mountain biking, nature hiking and a rock-climbing wall. Kirkwood is also located near a golf course and several lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. One of the most scenic ways to reach Kirkwood is from Sacramento on State Route 16 East to California Highway 49 South and then East on Highway 88, (approximately a two and a half-hour drive.) This way is also usually less congested than taking U.S. Highway 50 from Sacramento to CA Highway 89. Be sure to check ahead for weather conditions on Highway 88 before traveling in winter.

Surrounding areas: Mount Lassen, California (33.3 mi)

Kirkwood Vacation Rentals

Kirkwood Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ramada Inn And Suites2645 Barham AveCorning, CA3.1 mi.(530) 824-8300
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3350 Sunrise WayCorning, CA3.9 mi.(530) 824-2940
Comfort Inn910 Hwy 99 WCorning, CA5.1 mi.(530) 824-5200
Days Inn-corning3475 State Hwy 99 WCorning, CA5.1 mi.(530) 824-2000
Best Western Inn-corning2165 Solano StCorning, CA5.4 mi.(530) 824-2468
Safari Garden Motel2352 EsplanadeChico, CA17.5 mi.(530) 343-3201
Best Western Heritage Inn25 Heritage LnChico, CA18.1 mi.(530) 894-8600
Motel 6665 Manzanita CTChico, CA18.2 mi.(530) 345-5500
Holiday Inn685 Manazanita CtChico, CA19.3 mi.(530) 345-2491
Vagabond Inn630 Main StChico, CA19.3 mi.(530) 895-1323
Days Inn740 Broadway StChico, CA19.4 mi.(530) 343-3286
Heritage Inn Express725 S BroadwayChico, CA19.4 mi.(530) 343-4527
Oxford Suites2035 Business LnChico, CA20.8 mi.(530) 899-9090
Days Inn Red Bluff5 Sutter StRed Bluff, CA20.8 mi.(530) 527-6130
Courtyard By Marriott2481 Carmichael DrChico, CA21.2 mi.(530) 894-6699
Residence Inn By Marriott Chico2485 Carmichael DrChico, CA21.2 mi.(530) 894-5500
American Inn Express250 S Main StRed Bluff, CA21.9 mi.(530) 527-3545
Lamplighter Lodge210 S Main StRed Bluff, CA22.1 mi.(530) 527-1150
Super 830 Gilmore RdRed Bluff, CA22.6 mi.(530) 529-2028
Best Western Antelope Inn203 Antelope BlvdRed Bluff, CA22.8 mi.(530) 527-8882
Comfort Inn90 Sale LnRed Bluff, CA22.8 mi.(530) 529-7077
Motel 620 Williams AveRed Bluff, CA22.8 mi.(530) 527-9200
Cross Roads West Inn452 N Humboldt StWillows, CA23.0 mi.(530) 934-7026
Days Inn475 N Humboldt AveWillows, CA23.0 mi.(530) 934-4444
Super 8 Motel457 Humboldt AveWillows, CA23.0 mi.(800) 626-1900
Willows Super 8 Motel457 N Humboldt AveWillows, CA23.0 mi.(530) 934-2871
Amerihost Inn & Suites Willows199 N Humboldt AveWillows, CA23.2 mi.(530) 934-9700
Best Western Golden Pheasnat Inn249 N Humboldt AveWillows, CA23.2 mi.(530) 934-4603
Lantern Motel5799 Wildwood LnParadise, CA29.2 mi.(530) 877-5553
Ponderosa Gardens Motel Inc7010 SkwyParadise, CA29.4 mi.(530) 872-9094

Kirkwood Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Mountains of Central California has a distinct four-season climate. Winter in the higher elevations (near Kirkwood Ski Resort) generally runs from mid-November to late April, with up to 500 inches of snowfall each year. At 7,800 feet, Kirkwood has the highest base elevation of all the Northern California ski resorts, so this is an area very popular with winter sports enthusiasts. In the lower foothills region, winter is the rainy season and rarely sees snow flurries. Summer, in contrast, is usually hot and dry, with periods of rain. Sometimes, especially after a prolonged hot spell, thunderstorms at the higher elevations may become quite severe. Fall is mild with sunny days and cool nights, and spring weather can be unstable with both rain and wind, or mild, sunny days.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 37°F 4.37 in. -
February 61°F 40°F 3.85 in. -
March 65°F 43°F 3.51 in. -
April 72°F 46°F 1.14 in. -
May 80°F 52°F 0.96 in. -
June 88°F 59°F 0.40 in. -
July 93°F 62°F 0.08 in. -
August 93°F 60°F 0.15 in. -
September 89°F 57°F 0.40 in. -
October 79°F 51°F 1.17 in. -
November 64°F 42°F 2.77 in. -
December 55°F 37°F 3.03 in. -

Kirkwood Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Chico Municipal airport (CIC) located about 16 miles east of Kirkwood in Chico, California, the Oroville Municipal airport (OVE) located approximately 38 miles southeast of Kirkwood in Oroville, California, the Redding Municipal airport (RDD) located roughly 45 miles north of Kirkwood in Redding, California, and finally the Yuba County airport (MYV) located around 61 miles southeast of Kirkwood in Marysville, California.

Kirkwood Attractions

Water Parks
Waterworks ParkReddingCA52.0 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA95.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Bidwell Park Golf CourseChicoCA19.9 mi.
Sunset Hills Golf CourseChicoCA19.9 mi.
Oak Creek Golf CourseRed BluffCA20.5 mi.
Glenn Golf & Country ClubWillowsCA23.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Shasta Ski ParkShastaCA54.3 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA103.1 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA103.1 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA111.5 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA111.5 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA114.8 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA117.7 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA119.2 mi.
Tehama County MuseumTehamaCA12.1 mi.(History)
Herb Lane MuseumReddingCA52.0 mi.(Art)
Redding Museum of Art and HistoryReddingCA52.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA95.0 mi.

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