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Offering more than 700 square miles of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Alpine County offers all year alpine recreation, two destination ski resorts, world-class fishing, and a variety of lodging and dining facilities, ranging from rustic to modern.
The Bear Valley and Lake Alpine region of Alpine County has a rich history, and today hosts thousands of guests, many who take part in the varied recreational activities available throughout the year. Bear Valley is a recreational paradise, offering a multitude of summer and winter sports, and is close to foothill golf courses and the Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The community is also home to the oldest cultural event in Alpine County, the Bear Valley Music Festival, held every August.
Alpine County's northern region is a land of contrasts, from the alpine peaks of the Sierra crest to the sage covered ranges of the Great Basin. During the winter months, Hope Valley is a popular cross country ski and snowmobile area, while fishing, hiking, camping and cycling are popular activities through the rest of the year. The valley is also well known for its Fall colors, with large groves of Quaking Aspen trees.
Separated from the rest of California by the imposing escarpment of the Sierra Nevada range, the county seat of Markleeville and nearby Woodfords have developed a close association with the communities of Western Nevada. Markleeville is home to a mix of local, state and federal government employees, ranging from the U.S. Forest Service to the state highway department, and small businesses catering to the tourist trade and visitors to the nearby Grover Hot Springs State Park.