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
2016 World Gold Panning Championships
September 11 – 18, 2016
El Dorado County is proud to host the 40th Annual World Gold Panning Championships "The Olympics of Gold Panning" right here where the California Gold Rush started. More than 600 competitors from over 20 countries will participate in this unusual sporting event at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. This promises to be an unforgettable event which has already gained worldwide attention.
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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.