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Whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River is an unforgettable experience for water lovers aged 7 to 75! Made famous by the 1849 Gold Rush, this is the river where James Marshall first discovered gold. Today the South Fork is California’s most famous whitewater river.

From the Foothills to the Alpine

El Dorado County is one of the most diverse, beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Sierra scenery is nothing short of spectacular, spanning across more than 1800 square miles with elevations ranging from just a few feet to more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The 1848 discovery of gold in Coloma touched off the largest gold rush in history. Today we are much more than rustic mining towns and historic sites. We are a year-round vacation destination overflowing with outdoor adventure, a welcoming wine and agricultural scene, enriching family activities, and a proud Gold Rush history.

Outdoor Recreation

Wine Trails

Historic Towns

Experience the Arts

Farm Trails

Top Trips & Picks

Upcoming El Dorado County Events

Community Calendar

August 14, 2020
11:00 am Active 20-30 Club Taco Rescue
4:00 pm the Fair Market at El Dorado County Fair & Event Center
5:00 pm Friday Pizza & Wine at Saluti Cellars
August 15, 2020
8:00 am EDC Farmers Market - Saturday Market
11:00 am Patriarche Vertical Tasting
11:00 am Summer Pairing with Chef Robb Venditti
6:00 pm Folk on the Farm-Pacific Range
8:30 pm Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory

Bringing the pooch?

El Dorado County is a great place to travel with your dog.


Dog-friendly lodging | Dog-friendly things to do

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