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Welcome to the Black Bear Ranch Web site.

Exciting new things are happening at Black Bear Ranch.  A new conversation has begun focusing on the long term future of Black Bear.  This conversation involves the larger Black Bear family, new and current residents, old Bears and others. The focus is on solidifying the social structure and infrastructure at Black Bear to make it more self-sustaining over time.  It is an exciting process and we expect it to be a strong focus over the next few years.   We will also be taking on projects to spruce up the ranch, deal with long term repair and renovation needs and consider possible improvements. There may also be some exciting opportunities for partnering with other groups in alignment with our vision. Look forward to announcements about meetings, gathering and workdays.

Black Bear Ranch: Here is a link to an introduction to the ranch created by Fred Mindlin (Abdul): Click here

Interested in coming to Black Bear?

Click here for detailed visitor information.

As part of our long term planning, we are looking for people who fit into the Black Bear vision who might be interested in making Black Bear their home as part of a committed communal core group.  If you would like to explore this possibility, let us know by email and we will contact you soon to explore this possibility.

At this point, the ranch is not open for drop in visitors.  Please contact us  and we will contact you to discuss options for long or short term visits.

If you watched the movie Commune and were inspired to visit, please note that the Black Bear Ranch you saw in the movie describes the ranch at various historic times.  The ranch is in constant flux as are all of our lives and it is not appropriate to show up at the ranch and expect things to meet expectations based on the movie.  Respect the current residents and follow their lead regarding the current way of life at the ranch.

Recent and Upcoming Events

Summer Solstice, 2017: The various generations of the Black Bear Family gathered at the ranch for the Summer solstice between June 18 and June 23 to celebrate together, connect with each other and continue our conversation about the immediate and long term future of the ranch. There was time for work and celebration, including clean-up, construction and repair projects.  Look for more specific details on this site and the Black Bear Facebook page at: BBR Facebook

On Sunday afternoon, June 16, Erica Terence hosted a bread making workshop at Black Bear Ranch which resulted in fresh bread throughout the solstice gathering.

Current Projects:  Tree pruning was done in April.  More projects will be announced.

Circles & Meetings:  We will be gathering for circles and meetings at the ranch and elsewhere as we explore out future together.  Look for announcements on this and the Facebook page.


Black Bear Ranch was established on 28 acres surrounded by the Klamath National Forest in 1968 as part of the back-to-the-land migration that happened in Northern California in the late 1960s.  The number of people residing at Black Bear Ranch over time has varied from as many as several hundred to less than a half-dozen.  Its focus has been on collective living, connection to the land and nature, and building a community in alignment with the shared values of its members and the larger Black Bear Family. Black Bear strives to be a responsible member of the larger Salmon/Klamath river community, honoring and respecting our neighbors, local native peoples and customs and the land we share.

Some background on “the Ranch” by Allegra, one of the Black Bear clan born on a platform over Black Bear Creek.


Black Bear Ranch as a commune was founded in 1968 by a group of people who wanted to go back to the land, get out of the city and start a new life together in the mountains. Over the past forty some years many, many people have come and gone through Black Bear Ranch. Some stay for a few days, others stay for years. Black Bear Ranch is much more than a piece of land in the middle of the mountains of the Salmon River. Black Bear Ranch is a community, a family, a home for your heart, a place to nourish our bodies and our souls. It has had a profound effect on the lives of so many people. It stays with you, lodged somewhere deep inside. Some of us were born here, some were reborn here, yet Black Bear Ranch has become a significant part of us all. Many keep coming back to touch in, to enjoy and appreciate, but also to maintain, improve and nurture the Ranch. Some of us return often, others only visit for gatherings.

Black Bear Ranch is a place for people to live and also a place for people to gather. Each year the ever growing Black Bear Family gathers at the Ranch three times: at the Summer Solstice, for the Women’s Gathering and for Thanksgiving. Some years we gather to celebrate Winter Solstice as well.

Black Bear Ranch is a place for people to live communally and share the joys, work and hardships of mountain homesteading. The Ranch is nestled in a valley where Black Bear and Callahan Creeks come together, singing their clear mountain stream songs, while a spring supplies the Main House with year around cool water. We are blessed with rich, well cared for and established organic gardens. There are many old and established fruit and nut trees, planted both by members of the commune and by the Dagget family, builders and residents of the original Main House during the mining days around the turn of the century.

Black Bear is a place of coming and going. Sometimes staying for a long time, other times just a little while. A dusty road, a pond, eager hands to help with what needs doing. Day to day tasks of cooking, cleaning, gardening, gathering wood, building and maintaining structures and systems, caring for trees and natural features, welcoming visitors, attending meetings and participating in the communal process.

Black Bear is a anchor, a vestige of the sixties, one out of many that sprung up in the sixties still functioning as a commune. A place to come back to again and again, changing and yet never changing.

Written by Allegra 2009

3-3-2010 BBR view from the mainhouse roof

Click here to contact Black Bear Ranch by email.

To contact Black Bear Ranch by snail mail:
P.O. Box 3
Forks of Salmon, Ca.
96031 U.S.A.

Donations for Black Bear Ranch:  This money will be spent on building restoration and other renovation, improvement and maintenance costs related to the ranch.

Thanks for your support.