NSS Convention ~ July 25-30, 2021

Staying in Weed, California

Important note on hotel bookings: We will have solid convention dates determined by the end of March. There is a chance that convention will move back a month to the end of July.

For everyone else, we have plenty of options. Our convention site at College of the Siskiyous offers on-site camping, dorm rooms, RV parking space and complimentary shuttle service from the campus to hotels and shopping areas in the downtown.

Hotels & Motels

Diverse and unique, the lodging options in and around Weed include wilderness lodges, quaint B&Bs, budget-friendly hotels, and RV parks with full services. There are even a few options for larger groups, in case you want to make a team-effort out of it.

Obviously, the nearest lodging will be located in the City of Weed. We've also included the local towns of Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir, and Yreka in our list since they're within easy driving distance.

We currently have 34 hotels listed in the database.

Campus Dorm Rooms

All dorm rooms at College of the Siskiyous are available for reservation by our caver guests. Located on-campus, these dorms offer convenient parking, and provide the closest lodging to convention activities. Each of the two lodges features a large common area for social gatherings. All convention activities are within easy walking distance.

Dorm room at College of the Siskiyous

College of the Siskiyous features two lodge-style dormatories. Rooms include twin beds with mattresses, desks, closets and dedicated heating and air-conditioning units. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come basis. Photo by Betty Farfan, Southern California Grotto.

Dorm rooms will be rented for a block of 7 nights at $78/night. Unless otherwise arranged, maximum occupancy per room is 2 adults. A limited number of bunkbeds are available that could allow 3 people per room, but we expect these to go quickly. Some rooms might be available for fewer than 8 nights, but we won't know until late spring or early summer. Rooms will be reserved on a first-come basis. Check-in will be available at noon on Saturday, June 26, with check-out on Saturday, July 3.

There are a few basic rules that you must follow, but common sense and courtesy will prevent most problems. Most importantly, there is absolutely no smoking (of anything!) in the dorms. This will be strictly enforced by convention and college staff. Replacements for lost keys will cost you $25 and we reserve the right to charge you for any damage to the rooms during your stay.

Linens and pillows are not provided - you'll need to bring your own or just bring a sleeping bag. Each room includes a heater/air-conditioner. Washer/dryers, and shared microwave ovens are located in each building.

If you wish to ask for a specific room to be near your friends, we will try our best to accommodate your request. Please understand that our ability to be flexible on room assignments goes down as we get closer to convention dates and availability. Your keys and room assignments will be provided at registration.

Please note - these 2-story buildings do not have elevators. If you are mobility-impaired or cannot manage a flight of stairs, please make a note of that on your registration form and ask for a room on the first floor.

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail our dorm manager, Jared Snyder, at jaredsnyder321@gmail.com.

College of the Siskiyous: Campus Map
Juniper Lodge:   1st Floor,   2nd Floor
Ponderosa Lodge:   1st Floor,   2nd Floor
Juniper Lodge, College of the Siskiyous

Juniper Lodge, College of the Siskiyous


We're hoping to open the campground on Friday afternoon, June 25. The college has graciously offered to let our registered guests stay in the campground through the 4th of July weekend. Specific information will be available in the coming months.

Convention camping will be located in a pine forest right next to the campus. The site offers several acres of drive-in and walk-in camping space. Different areas will be provided for loud camping, quiet camping, and family camping. Absolutely all campers must be registered attendees of the convention. Please stop by the convention registration site before setting up in the campground.

Camping at College of the Siskiyous

The official convention campsite will include different sections for quiet, loud and family camping. All convention facilities and meeting spaces are a short walk away. Photo by Matt Bowers, Stonewall Grotto.

There are no services (water/power) in the campground, but portable toilets will be available. The college's gym offers hot showers and restrooms just a short walk from the campground. The entire site is shaded under the forest canopy.

We're working on a speleo-obstacle course that may run through part of the campground. There is also a popular disc golf course just in case you run out of things to do!

Unfortunately, all of the western states are extremely dry in mid-summer. Absolutely no campfires are allowed! It's simply too dangerous. Propane-style camp stoves are allowed, but you MUST remain nearby to watch them. Fire barrels with water will be spread around the campground.

We're still working on the site layout, but check back here in a few weeks & we may have more details.

Fire Safety!

As with most of the arid west, the City of Weed is susceptible to seasonal wildfires. This risk is the reason we cannot allow open fires in the campground - it's just too dangerous! Propane-style camp stoves are ok, as long as you remain nearby to watch them.


Wildfire in the west is serious business. In 2014, the Boles Fire destroyed over 165 houses and businesses in Weed. It took a month and a response team of 453 firefighters from 13 different agencies to get the fire contained. Photo courtesy of the US Forest Service.

Fire is something we take extremely seriously out here. The same holds true for carbide cannons, fireworks or other incendiary devices - leave them at home! Using such devices in California will definitely get you arrested.

There will be no hot tub at the 2021 convention.

The Boles Fire

On September 15, 2014, the Boles Fire spread through the City of Weed, driven by 40-mph winds. The fire started in the central part of town at approximately 1:30 p.m., and within four hours quickly spread to over 200 acres. Evacuations were immediately ordered, and a shelter was first set up at College of the Siskiyous. As fire headed towards the college, the evacuation center was relocated first to the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka, California, then to Yreka and Mount Shasta High Schools, then to the armory in Mount Shasta, California.

Over 200 structures were damaged or destroyed, including two churches, the elementary school, Weed High School, and Roseburg mill. About 7,678 Pacific Power customers in both Weed and Mt. Shasta lost power as a result of the fire.

Air B&Bs & VRBO

If you want to expand your lodging choices to include rentals by owners, your choices in Weed, California become much more diverse. Click on the logos below to learn about current options.

Recreational Vehicles

The convention committee has designated a specific parking lot at College of the Siskiyous that will be reserved for RV use by our guests. The site is very near the gym, so showers and potable water access will be within easy reach. While there are no hook-up services for vehicles, dump stations are available nearby at the Pilot Travel Center and at the Friendly RV Park. Please let us know on your registration form if you need a parking space in the RV lot.

If you must have hook-ups during the week, we suggest you consider either the Friendly RV Park or the Hi-Lo for your rig.

We do not advise full-size RV vehicles in the campground area. It's more suited for tent camping and smaller camper-van vehicles.

Pet Policy

Pet Bowl

Each registered pet, will receive an official NSS "cave dog" collapsible pet bowl. Each bowl has an 8.8-oz capacity for food or water and features an attached plastic carabiner to hook onto a backpack or leash.

We encourage you to consider leaving your pets at home, but if you have no other choices, our campground and RV spaces are open to very well-behaved pets. Your 4-legged friends must be on leash at all times and a human attendant needs to be nearby. No pets are allowed in the dorms or classrooms at any time.

We know you're not the sort of person that would leave any pet in a car, but if you do, we will take immediate corrective action and it might very well cost you a car window. Seriously - don't do it, we're not kidding. Even if you crack the window for air circulation, California summers can cook Fido within minutes.

Only service animals are allowed on any other parts of the campus. You must immediately clean up after your pets. If your pet becomes a nuisance, you may both be asked to leave the campground. All pets must be registered in advance.


McCloud Hotel

Your full-week convention registration includes dinners on Monday and Friday. Photo courtesy of Discover Siskiyou.

Our food & beverage offerings at the convention site are still evolving. We know we will have a wide range of choices for you during the week (and the big parties are shaping up to be amazing!). If you're a convention rookie, you should know that your full-week registration includes dinners on Friday and Monday. We're also offering an optional dinner on Wednesday as a fund-raiser for our friends at the Western Cave Conservancy.

Weed and the surrounding communities offer a fun array of dining choices for other evenings. Please visit our convention partners at Discover Siskiyou for a list of options.

On-campus choices for breakfasts and lunches will be available. Check back here in a few weeks for more details. At this point, we do not expect to be offering a combined meal plan during convention week.

Mt. Shasta Brewing

McCloud Hotel

You haven't really experienced Weed until you stop by the microbrewery located next to the college campus! Photo courtesy of Mount Shasta Brewing.

Speaking of food & beverages... one of the "caver-favorites" is the Mount Shasta Brewing Company! Located just 2 blocks from the college campus (and within easy walking distance of the campground), this microbrewery serves up an amazing selection of craft beers with a unique play on local history. You definitely need to check this place out during your stay in Weed!

The company derives its name from the majestic mountain rising above it. The brewery was retrofitted from the historic Medo-Bel Creamery to provide a unique destination for microbrew enthusiasts. Their delicious pub food includes choices like artichoke cheesy bread or bratwurst dog on a fresh roll. They also have daily "chalkboard specials."

The brewery has won awards for its beers, for local community involvement and for its marketing success with the slogan "Try Legal Weed".

Local Shuttle

The convention team is working with the City of Weed and the Weed Chamber of Commerce to provide shuttle services between the local hotels and the convention site at the college. Details are still evolving, but we anticipate the shuttle will stop at Townhouse Motel, Hi Lo Motel, Motel 6, Sis Q Inn, and Comfort Inn. Check back here in a few weeks for more details.