The land where the forest sits was designated a national forest on November 29, 1904, by the General Land Office, which a few years later transferred management to the U.S. Forest Service on March 4, 1907. Several features attract tourists to Modoc National Forest.
Some of the more interesting features include several geological and ecological features including pine forests and meadows, high desert plateaus, wetlands, mountains, lava beds, rugged canyons, lakes, and streams. Other interesting features in the forest include the presence of tree carvings (arborglyphs) that were made by Basque shepherds in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
You can also find petroglyphs, rock piles, and stone circles, that are almost 10,000 years old and represent native American history. Other areas of interest include Sugar Hill and Happy Camp Lookouts that offer scenic views and also exhibit the forest Service historical background.
Besides these features, the forest is also popular for several recreational activities some of which include hunting, fishing, boating, camping, mountain biking, hiking, wild horse viewing, sledding, horseback riding, hang gliding, rock hounding, snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing.
Dog owners are allowed to bring their dog’s into Modoc National Forest as long as they follow the parks strict regulations. Some of the basic regulations include ensuring that dogs are always attended to and that they are not allowed to venture into prohibited areas. In fact, dogs are always expected to be on a leash that is no more than six feet in length. Dog owners are also expected to keep their tail-waggers well-behaved at all times.