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Welcome to El Dorado County.


Whitewater rafting, hiking, swimming, picnicking, gold panning, fishing and camping fill the spring and summer months in El Dorado County. The beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range welcomes winter visitors with pure snowsporting pleasure. Stay in one of many comfortable hotels or bed and breakfast inns. Take home souvenirs from historic towns, choose from the area's over 70 wineries or take advantage of one of the unique dining experiences El Dorado County has to offer.

For more information, call 1-800-457-6279 and ask for our free visitor's guide.

Our Featured Event

Cowboys & Cornbread

Cowboys & Cornbread

July 19, 2015
11am - 4pm, El Dorado County Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, CA 95667

Cowboys and Cornbread is a day-long celebration of old-fashioned fun and friendly competition at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. The Buckle Bonanza Horse Show kicks off the day's festivities in the morning, gates open at 11am then the competition heats up with a Chili Cook Off, Cornbread and Salsa Competition and Horse shoe tournament.

There's Gold panning, Western Art Show, Country Living photo contest, Blacksmith Demonstrations, free stage coach rides, Brewfest, cowboy poetry and live entertainment all day and non stop carry' on all day. Buckaroos can get a hands-on taste of the cowboy life at the kiddy corral. Don't forget about Mutton Bustin where young cowboys and cowgirls ride sheep for fame and glory and the Pee Wee Rodeo always a crowd favorite. This regional event brings together some of the areas finest musicians of the mouth harp to vie for cash, prizes and the best bragging rights around. Cheer on your favorite musician at the Hangtown Harmonica Championship. Try your hand at the Hangtown Horseshoe Tournament. Wet your whistle with suds, wine or moonshine. $10 per carload (up to 6 people per car) or $2 walk-in per person

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Weekend Getaway Specials - Coming Soon

El Dorado's exclusive Lodging Packages include 2 tickets to Rocks & Rhones Weekend ($60 - $70 VALUE) View our weekend lodging specials for details and to book your lodgings today!

Click here to download the 2015-2016 Farms Trails and Visitor's Guide

EDC Farm Trails and Visitors Guide

This indispensable guide, produced by the El Dorado County Visitors Authority and Farm Trails, is brimming with information on outdoor recreation, shopping, history, events, accommodations, farms, ranches, wineries, directions, relocation, arts and culture and more. You can download the guide as a PDF , or have a free hard copy sent to you using our online order form.



The millions of vacationers who travel Highway 50 on their way to Lake Tahoe receive just a glimpse of the agricultural diversity of El Dorado County. But there is much more to El Dorado County than just the sights from this historic road. Hundreds of farmers and ranchers produce an amazing abundance and variety of agricultural products. In spring the many types of fruit trees begin to bloom and add their rainbow of pastels to the landscape. Early vegetables such as asparagus and an array of citrus crops are available at a number of ranches. With May and June the many cherry orchards offer their delicious fruit. Mountain air, warm country hospitality and the harvest atmosphere are a tonic for visiting city residents and their families. El Dorado County has something for every taste, all year round. Click here to visit the agricultural tourism page.

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