Calendar of Events

For more details or to reserve lodging or book a workshop, call Sorensen's Resort at 800.423.9949. Find us on Facebook, too!

Apr 1
Spring Birds of the Sierra
Apr 25
First Day of Fishing
Apr 30 - May 2
Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival
May 10
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 16
Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch
May 26 - 27
New! Central Sierra Nevada Geology
Jun 1 - 5
Sierra Springtime Watercolor Workshop
Jun 13 - 14
Friends of Hope Valley Workday/Concert/BBQ
Jun 21
Father’s Day BBQ
Jun 21 - 22
New Guide! Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Jun 24 - 28
Markleeville Plein Air Event
Jun 27
Alta Alpina - Ride the Wild Sierra
Jul 5
Medicinal Plants Walk
Jul 7 - 8
New! Central Sierra Nevada Geology
Jul 11
Markleeville Death Ride/Tour the CA Alps
Jul 17
Peak of Summer Wildflower Walk
Jul 19
Photo Workshop with Terry Nathan
Aug 4 - 5
New! Central Sierra Nevada Geology
Aug 9 - 10
New Guide! Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Aug 25 - 26
New! Central Sierra Nevada Geology
Sep 8 - 9
New! Central Sierra Nevada Geology
Sep 12
16th Annual Markleeville Creek Day
Sep 13 - 14
New Guide! Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Sep 19
The Great Sierra River Clean-Up


Fall 2015 Sneak Peek...

Oct 4 - 5
New Guide! Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Oct 9
Fall Color Hike
Oct 10 - 12
Alpine Aspen Festival


  • April 1

    Spring Birds of the Sierra

    April Fool’s Day might be just the right time to try to spy some of the wily birds of the Eastern Sierra. Early spring finds many species returning from lower elevations where they have spent the winter, giving sharp-eyed bird enthusiasts a chance to see these often colorful species flitting about their summertime digs in Hope Valley and other parts of Alpine County. Local birder Jim Woods will show you where to look to find birds in their natural habitats, and will share his knowledge of birds and other local wildlife. Dress warmly and be prepared for cold weather; guests will be asked to carpool to birding locations.
    When: Apr 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Cost: $60 guests/$95 non-guests (includes picnic lunch)
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  • Apr 30 - May 2

    Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

    In early spring, the annual Genoa Cowboy Festival takes place on the eastern edge of the Sierra in beautiful Carson Valley. Enjoy entertainment, and Western heritage and culture throughout the event. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada, just a 20-minute drive from Sorensen’s Resort, lies historic Genoa, the first town settled in Nevada. This area still has working cattle ranches literally steps from the town. From its 19th century beginnings, cowboys and ranching have shared work, words and music here. Join in celebrating the various forms of Cowboy Poetry, Western music and the Western lifestyle. For more information about this unique event, contact Cowboy Festival at 775.782.8696 or email genoacowboyfestival@gmail.com.
    When: April 30 – May 2
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  • May 16

    Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch

    Join astronomers Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke for an evening of stargazing and to learn about the current space-news of the day. Watch a slide show covering recent discoveries in astronomy, then head outside (weather permitting) to search the clear night skies for springtime constellations. Telescopes will be set up, and binoculars provided too (or bring your own), so you will be able to view the moons of Jupiter, rings of Saturn, the Milky Way, and beyond.  No experience required; kids of all ages welcome and encouraged to bring their curiosity and questions.
    When: May 16, 8 p.m. slideshow, 9 p.m. star viewing
    Cost: $10/person donation suggested (includes cookies and hot cocoa; donations matched by Sorensen’s to benefit Alpine County school science programs)
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  • May 26-27 | Jul 7-8 | Aug 4-5 | Aug 25-26 | Sep 8-9

    NEW! Central Sierra Nevada Geologic History

    Take part in our exciting new program to discover the fascinating geologic history of our region’s mountains. Join former NASA Apollo geophysicist Al Graf, who was also an engineer on the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) as he explains the region’s geology and how it impacts our natural history and more. The program starts with an evening video and slide show presentation (7-9 pm), followed the next morning by an auto tour to geologic sites near Sorensen’s Resort (9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Al is a lifelong student of the geology and natural history of the Sierra Nevada and has logged hundreds of backcountry miles on foot studying this magnificent “Range of Light.” Don’t miss this amazing new offering! To make lodging and/or class reservations, call Sorensen’s at 800.423.9949.
    When: May 26-27 | Jul 7-8 | Aug 4-5 | Aug 25-26 | Sep 8-9
    Cost: $60 guests/$95 non-guests (includes picnic lunch)
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  • Jun 1 - 5

    Sierra Springtime Watercolor Workshop

    After so many years of teaching her watercolor class in the fall, Lady Jill is excited to be returning to Sorensen’s for her second year of teaching her "Springtime in the Sierra” plein-air watercolor class. Snowfields high in the mountain peaks, verdant green meadows dotted with the wildflowers, and creeks swollen with snowmelt will be some of the scenes you’ll learn how to capture in this informative 5-day workshop.  Jill typically demonstrates techniques, then lets her students try them, so you get immediate understanding and feedback. While some experience with watercolors and plein air (outdoor) painting is preferred, Lady Jill will tailor her teaching and tips to match your needs. Lady Jill is also onsite throughout the workshop, so you can continue to chat, share, and get tips. Look forward to a totally relaxing and beautiful experience!
    When: Jun 1-5
    Cost: $345 guests/$395 non-guests
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  • Jun 13 - 14

    Friends of Hope Valley Workday/Concert/BBQ

    Join Friends of Hope Valley and plant willows along the W. Fork Carson River on Saturday, June 13. Stay over at Sorensen’s for BBQ and bluegrass with the Back Forty Band and enjoy Americana, acoustic rock, and indie tunes from Ten Dollar Pony. Or just join one of these great events to support efforts to preserve and restore Hope Valley. For more information on where to meet and what to bring for the workday check out friendsofhopevalley.org
    When: Jun 13: work day | Jul 14: BBQ & concert at Sorensen’s 1-5 p.m.
    Cost: Work Day free (includes picnic lunch); $10 benefit concert (BBQ extra)
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  • Jun 21-22 | Aug 9-10 | Sep 13-14 | Oct 4-5

    New Guide! Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

    In 2014 Sorensen’s Resort bid a fond farewell to our longtime Historic Emigrant Trail tour leader, Frank Tortorich. While Frank continues his efforts to protect historic resources in the Sierra, new tour leader Dianne Jennings is ready to hit the trail in his place. Dianne, who apprenticed under Frank, will base her tour on Frank’s classic book on the region, Gold Rush Trail. But she adds her own signature twist by adding optional hiking segments, ranging from easy to strenuous, as part of the all–day tour. All participants—hikers and non-hikers alike—get to discover remnants and learn about the remarkable lives of the region’s emigrants, who, following the discovery of gold in 1848, headed west in search of fortune. Retrace the route of these hardy souls and look for reminders of their oxen-pulled wagons as they traveled through the seemingly impassable Carson River canyon and what was known then as Devil’s Ladder, now called Carson Pass. The program starts Sunday evening with a slideshow presentation on the struggles and triumphs of the colorful characters who created the Sierra’s original emigrant routes in the 1800s. For lodging and/or tour reservations, call Sorensen’s at 800.423.9949.
    When: Jun 21-22 | Aug 9-10 | Sep 13-14 | Oct 4-5 (Mon tour 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    Cost: $60 guests/$95 for non-guests ($30 ages 6 through 13). Price includes Sunday evening slideshow, Monday morning coffee (breakfast extra); picnic lunch and beverages on the trail. Guests should bring sunscreen, extra water, hat, light jacket; some guests may be asked to drive their own vehicles.
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  • Jun 24 - 28

    Markleeville Plein Air Event

    Plans are in the works for this annual event, as organizers scout out beautiful venues around Alpine County. Artists will spend three days in the spectacular Eastern Sierra, working in the field to create beautiful artwork. The event closes with a group lunch, awards, and reception with food, drink, and music. All abilities welcome! For more information, including fees, call Markleeville Art & Soul at 530.694.2787 or visit markleevillepleinair.com
    When: Jun 24-28
    Cost: Details available upon request, call 800-423-9949
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  • Jun 27

    Alta Alpina - 5 Pass Challenge

    Carson - Ebbetts - Ebbetts - Monitor – Monitor The route of this challenging ride comes right through Sorensen’s Resort and many beautiful parts of Alpine County. Starting and finishing at Turtle Rock Park near Markleeville, this course features six fully-stocked rest stops and a water checkpoint to support a tough, but exciting ride and the riders! Includes lunch and dinner. Take advantage of Sorensen’s lodging special of 4-nights-for-the-price-of-3 by calling Sorensen’s at 800.423.9949. For more information on the ride and to register, contact Alta Alpina at altaalpina.org or call 877.845.2353.
    When: Saturday, June 27, 2015
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  • Jul 5

    Medicinal Plants Walk

    Enjoy the July 4 holiday weekend with a guided walk looking for and learning about plants with medicinal uses in this part of the High Sierra. Join medical botanist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Kimball Chatfield, on an entertaining and informative treasure hunt for plants including wild arnica, St. John’s Wort, various types of mint, wild blueberries, currants, yarrow, roses, wild onions and more. Dr. Chatfield, author of Medicine From the Mountains: Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada, will include details on both traditional Native American uses as well as modern findings. After the walk, Dr. Chatfield will be signing his new book, Astragalus: Ancient Herb for Modern Times. For class sign-ups and lodging reservations for this popular class, please call Sorensen’s at 800.423.9949.
    When: Sunday, July 5, 9am – 1pm
    Cost: $50 guests/$75 non-guests
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  • Jul 17

    Peak-of-Summer Wildflower Walk

    Join botanist and author, Karen Wiese, for her ever-popular wildflower walk. Learn to identify over 30 species of lilies, orchids, and sunflowers, and get tips on identifying trees, shrubs and native birds, too. Karen, author of Sierra Nevada Wildflowers (available at Sorensen’s) always weaves Native American and pioneer uses of the plants into her walks, sharing knowledge that comes from over two decades exploring the region. Expect a flat, easy, 1.5-mile round trip walk, including a visit to a secret waterfall. Folks should bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, and camera, and should wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes. For class reservations and lodging details, call Sorensen’s at 800.423.9949.
    When: Friday, July 17, 9:30am - 2pm
    Cost: $60 guests/$95 non-guests (includes picnic lunch)
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  • Jul 19

    Photo Workshop with Terry Nathan

    Join photographer and UC Davis professor Terry Nathan for a one-day workshop on how to capture the Hope Valley region's stunning landscapes and vistas. His popular photography workshops at Sorensen's include fieldwork in a variety of environments and extensive individual feedback. For information on Terry, visit terrynathanphoto.com For class reservations and lodging, call Sorensen's at 800.423.9949.
    When: Sunday, July 19, 9am - 1pm (bag lunch available, order in advance)
    Cost: $60 guests; $95 non-guests
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  • Sep 12

    Markleeville Creek Day 2015

    Help Restore Alpine County’s watersheds! The 16th Annual Markleeville Creek Day includes creek restoration work on many watersheds in our area. All interested volunteers meet at Markleeville Library Park to help out with various restoration projects such as invasive weed removal, stream bank stabilization, and willow planting. Join this important annual event, hosted by the Alpine Watershed Group in partnership with key agencies and organizations, including Alpine County, Friends of Hope Valley, and the Carson Water Subconservancy District. All ages are welcome. For information, contact Alpine Watershed Group at 530.694.2327.
    When: Saturday, September 12, 9am - 2pm
    Cost: Free
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  • Sep 19

    The Great Sierra River Clean-Up

    Join with more than 24,000 volunteers from throughout the state to remove tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups spread across 22 counties and over 2,200 river miles work together to pull debris (from appliances to plastic water bottles) from the rivers and streams that supply California with more than 60 percent of its water. This effort, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, promotes good community stewardship on all of our waterways from the source to the sea. For more information and to pre-register, please contact Marji Feliz at the Sierra Nevada Conservancy at 530.823.4679 or toll free at 877.257.1212.
    When: Saturday, September 19
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Some programs offered by Sorensen's Resort are under permit with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest/Carson Ranger District and by permission of the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.