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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.

Interested in coming to Black Bear?

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.  Whether you are simply interested in a visit to the ranch or thinking the ranch might be a place for you to settle, we’d love to connect with you.  Click here to contact us by email.

Upcoming Events

  • Summer Solstice, 2017: We will be gathering at the ranch for the solstice to connect  at our traditional home and continue our conversation about the immediate and long term future of the ranch
  • Cleanup and Projects:  There will be time for work and celebration, including clean-up projects and, possibly, some construction or repair projects.  Look for more specific details on this site and the Black Bear Facebook page at: BBR Facebook
  • Circles & Meetings:  We will be gathering for circles and meetings during the gathering.  Look for announcements on this and the Facebook page.


Black Bear Ranch was established on 28 acres surrounde 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 building a community in alignment with the shared values of its members and the larger Black Bear Family.

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

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

Building fund Project donations, you can send it to us via paypal or the address above.
If you have a specific project you want the donations to go to, please let us know
and we will put your donations to that project
Thank You