Because Sonoma County is known for bucolic beauty and outdoor pursuits, visitors are sometimes surprised to learn about River Rock Casino (3250 Highway 128, Geyserville, 707-857-2777).
Located in Geyserville, River Rock opened for business in 2002 with two temporary buildings and about 60 slot machines. Today the temporary structures are long gone, replaced by a handsome, 62,000-square-foot gaming facility and a seven-story parking garage.
Open 24 hours per day, River Rock Casino is home to more than 1,000 slot machines as well as gaming tables (Blackjack, Poker, mini Baccarat, and Mystery Card Roulette). Slot machines include state-of-the-art progressives and slant tops running the latest games, as well as classic favorites such as Wheel of Fortune and Megabucks. Denomination pulls range from 1¢ to $100. A high-limit room contains a full-service bar.
Technological amenities include ticket-in/out machines and downloadable FreePlay. A free Club Card helps you earn reward points, participate in members-only promotions, obtain free VIP valet parking, and lots more.
Most people come to River Rock Casino to gamble, but you don’t have to hit the tables or pull slots to enjoy a visit here.
For one thing, the setting is stunning. Perched on a hill above the Russian River, the casino’s terrace, known as the Valley Deck, is accessible to anyone and offers 180-degree views of Alexander Valley, vineyards, and mountains.
Among the non-gambling things you can do while you’re here:
- Dine well and inexpensively in one of three eateries. At the top level, Quail Run Buffet provides international offerings alongside American favorites in a full-course buffet, with both indoor and outdoor patio seating offering a dazzling backdrop of Alexander Valley views. Other dining spots include Center Stage Bar & Grill (breakfast, appetizers, sandwiches) and the Fortune Café (Asian cuisine).
- Enjoy live musical entertainment and other special events (check the online calendar).
Want to spend the night? The Casino doesn’t have an onsite hotel, but it’s partnered with local hostelries—including Best Western Dry Creek Inn, Geyserville Inn, and Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor-Sonoma Wine Country—to provide "Stay & Play Packages."
The River Rock Casino is owned and operated by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, which has made generous donations throughout Sonoma County. These include $1.4 million to the Geyserville School District, $1.8 million to Healdsburg District Hospital and $500,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank., more than $3 million to the Geyserville Fire Department and an $80,000 ambulance for Bell’s Ambulance Service in Healdsburg (which services the Geyserville-Healdsburg area).