WEED TO DORRIS – WHAT TO EXPECT
Beginning just north of Weed, California, the Butte Valley Region stretches north to Dorris. This section of the Byway presents sweeping vistas of ranch, farm and grass lands spreading across the valley floor and includes the communities of Macdoel, Mt. Hebron, Tennant, Bray and the City of Dorris. Known as a high desert plateau, the valley was formed by faults and alluvial flows and now sits at a present elevation of 4,250 feet. Wildlife viewing and the many lakes–Orr Lake, Juanita Lake, and Meiss Lake–are some of the outstanding highlights of this area. Also, the Butte Valley National Grasslands stretches between the towns of Dorris and Macdoel and offers remarkable raptor viewing.
If you’re passing through Macdoel during the winter, bundle up and follow the wildlife viewing signs and keep an eye out for bald eagles. While in Dorris pull the car over so you can get out and tip your head way back to peer up at the tallest flagpole on America’s west coast.
Butte Valley National Grasslands