Road Trip To Rim Rock Ranch


By Melissa Wynn


Like most of our adventurous neighbors we love to be outdoors. With so much to see and do in our neck of woods, we decided the perfect central location for this road trip was definitely Rim Rock Ranch at Old Station on California’s scenic Highway 89.

This nostalgic little home away from home has been around forever and several families return year after year to enjoy the bounty of adventure around every corner. The Zeni family has been coming for twenty years,three generations!

We arrived at Rim Rock Ranch on a sunny October afternoon and received a warm greeting from owners Jim and Cathy  Cimaglia. Check in happens at the amazing little country store out front. The space inside seems quite small but you won’t believe the inventory. No matter what you forgot, it is probably in there somewhere. Groceries, fishing tackle or license, hunting gear and even some clothing and hardware. The varied library outside, near the picnic table, only adds more charm to main the hub of this rustic mountain resort. The gift shop next door features one of a kind treasures crafted and painted by local artists including co-owners Chuck and Barbara Gularte.

The ten cabins that dot the spacious wooded property have housed thousands of avid fisherman since the late 1930s. Each has come for the world class trout fishing that this area is famous for. Hat Creek flows right across the street and the Pit and Fall Rivers are just a stones throw away. A beautiful three pound Rainbow Trout was the buzz in the store and I’m certain the photos are destined for the wall of fame that covers the inside of the country store door.

Others visit for the guided antelope and mule deer hunts hosted by Rim Rock Ranch. Jim got a beautiful buck this year and that photo is front and center. Lodging and hunting packages are available. Firearm or fishing lure, snowboard or hiking boots, if you have outdoor toys, you can play with them at Rim Rock Ranch.

Our home for the evening was log cabin B, snuggled in the pines near the open meadow. An old rocking chair style front porch was an awesome place to sit for awhile and nurse my sore feet after a long day of sightseeing at Lassen Volcanic National Park just fourteen miles away. The full kitchen, huge living room with tons of seating and the BBQ outside made wish we would have invited the kids. After a long soak in the tub I was ready to curl up under the cozy quilt on our comfy queen size bed and read my book. I can’t wait to go back.

If you would like to join us call Rim Rock Ranch at 530-355-7114 or visit them online at

Rim Rock Ranch

13275 State Highway 89

Old Station, Ca 96071