Alturas is the county seat of Modoc County. The population was 2,896 at the 2001 census. The ZIP code for the community is 96101. As the county seat, the town is a home to regional government offices. Alturas is a full service community. It has a five person City Council elected at large for 4 year terms. It has an elected City Clerk and City Treasurer who serve 4 years terms. The Planning Commision is appointed by the City Council and serves at the pleasure of the Council.
This is California? Yes, but not the California of smog, congestion and crowded amusement parks. This is the California of soaring mountains and bubbling springs, of four distinct seasons and close-knit communities that welcome visitors with open arms. Our favorite recreation, and that of our visitors, is always centered around the crisp air and the gorgeous scenery. Whether you visit us in the winter for skiing or summer for a camping trip, you're bound to leave feeling refreshed.
Abundant marshes, forests, plains and lakes provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife in the Alturas area. The Modoc National Wildlife Refuge lies mostly to the south of Alturas and covers thousands of acres of hunting, fishing and observational grounds.
"The Smiles of God" is what the Native Americans who first settled this land called the Modoc County area. Rich in history as well as geological formations, you will find important scenic & recreational resources to satisfy the curious minded and outdoor enthusiast alike.
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