Photo © Tim Fesko
It all starts with a lady by the name of Sara Catherine Hendrick (19 Mar 1867 – 7 Jun 1933), also known in Antelope Valley as Kate. She was born on a farm in Kansas on 19 Mar 1867. She married a young man from a nearby farm, William M Goens (1869 – 1894), they had two children, a boy, William Jr. (1891- 1894) and a girl, Olive (10 May 1890 - 9 Nov 1957). In 1894 both her husband and son passed away leaving young Kate widowed with her daughter Olive. William Goens’ uncle, Alexander, born in Illinois (23 Mar 1844 – 16 Sept 1902), served in the civil war and after the end of the war he moved to Coleville, in Antelope Valley, where he homesteaded the Mile High Ranch.
Starting sometime in the 1930's, Don Jones, a very young boy, and his family would travel from Southern California to the Lake Tahoe area every year. During the trip both up to and back from Lake Tahoe, the Jones family would drive by a beautiful meadow with a magnificent rock walled cliff behind the meadow. Don Jones was so fascinated with the meadow and cliff, he would often say that "someday I'm going to own that place".
In 1958 after several events in Don's life, he was able to purchase 75 acres which included the meadow and the cliff. Thus the start of a dream beginning to come true.
Don was so fascinated with the property (then known as the "Mile High Ranch"), that young Don wanted to share its beauty with others, thus the idea of a motel. Don did not just want a motel like most others at the time. He wanted all of his guests to enjoy the beauty of the meadow and cliffs. So after much pondering and through creativity, Don finally had a master plan and thus the creation of "Meadowcliff, The Complete Resort".
During the time of construction, Don became enamored with a beautiful young woman named "Dorothy Lindsey". Even after Don put Dorothy to work on the construction project (that's an entire story in its self), Dorothy knew there was some connection between her and Don. After much work, Dorothy returned to southern California. Shortly after arriving home, Don called Dorothy and said that he missed her so much that he wanted to marry her.
Shortly after her return to Meadowcliff, Don and Dorothy were married on November 27, 1959. Their wedding date is ironically the birth date of the current owner, Tim Fesko.
After many owners and additions including - a world-famous restaurant in 1965, expansion from 10 rooms to 20 rooms, the creation of a 34 site full service RV Resort, to the creation of beautiful gardens and walkways.
20 room motel along with a newly created 34 site full service RV resort. Views from every window ranging from valley views, to pastures to the majestic Centennial Bluffs. Pool, volleyball, horseshoes, hiking and so much more.
Seasons Open: Year round
Hiking, world famous West & East Walker rivers close-by, fishing, bird watching, rafting, ATV'g, mountain biking, wild life viewing, etc.
Rate Range: $69+
Directions from the North: U.S. 395 all the way south to Coleville. Hwys 80, 50, 88, 89 across the Sierra to Highway 395, then south to Coleville. Directions from the South: U.S. 395 all the way north to Coleville. Hwy 120 or 108 across the Sierra to Hwy 395 then north to Coleville Note: We are located outside of Coleville approximately 1 mile S of the Coleville High School & 3 miles N of Walker.
Pets are not allowed in or on the Lodge portion of the resort