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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

Primal Quest Expedition Lake Tahoe

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August 20-28 2015

Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race has proven to be one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges that tests not only physical skills in running, biking, paddling and climbing over 450 miles, but also proves to transform competitors’ minds and spirits. In this dynamic team competition, co-ed teams of 4 start, travel and finish together as a team – non-stop – with 10 days to complete the race.

Primal Quest raft on white water rapidsOutside Television will document the extraordinary pursuit of teams of adventurers as they traverse the Sierras and trail run, mountain bike, paddle, ascend and rappel over 450 plus miles non-stop for 10 days. Viewers will be treated to one of the world’s toughest outdoor endurance challenges set in one of the country’s most stunning landscapes, El Dorado County, California. Dynamic team coverage will reveal the human drama of this epic competition will be distributed by Outside Television to over 45 million homes nationwide on direct-broadcast satellite networks.

This exclusive kick-off event is open to a limited to 40 coed teams of 4. Teams will make their way to Lake Tahoe for an Adventure that will echo the epic non-stop 400+ miles, over 7 days and is designed to reconnect participants with the spirit of endurance and adventure as we redefine a new, conscientious direction.

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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