Rushing Rivers

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With another record-setting winter in the Sierra Nevada, the rivers are rushing. Whitewater rafting outfitters are ready to take you out on a float through the mountains.

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.

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Spring Activities Guide to El Dorado County

Spring is a time of renewal and possibility. Longer days, warmer weather and the changing season promise new adventures. In El Dorado County, you’ll find the best of all worlds, with snow still abundant in the high country, and spring flowers, warm temps, and budding vines in the foothills. Looking for ways to make the most of your spring? Our spring activities guide can help.

Best places for wildflower spotting in El Dorado County

They say that April showers bring May flowers. In El Dorado County, wildflowers begin to bloom anytime between late March in the foothills to June/July in the high country, depending on winter snows. That means you’ve got a wide window of opportunity to enjoy Mother Nature’s fireworks. Check out our recommendations for the best places for wildflower spotting in El Dorado County.

How Can Hiking Become a Spiritual Experience?

There is a vast expanse of research out there that is testament to the physical benefits of hiking. Improved muscle strength, reduced risk of heart diseases, and enhanced respiratory fitness are only some of how hiking is good for us. Hiking makes you a stronger person. Climbing over uneven surfaces, jumping over rocks, and navigating your way around trees and across rivers and streams indeed provide a holistic fitness session for your body. However, did you know that hiking can also be beneficial for you spiritually and emotionally? If you’re feeling like you’re losing yourself and need to reconnect, you may want to try hiking.

4 can’t-miss spring hikes in El Dorado County

It makes sense for skiers and snowboarders to embrace snow, but hikers? This winter’s significant snowfall is great news for those of us who enjoy the sight of fast moving rivers and abundant waterfalls. And since some these spring hikes are easy to moderate, they’re a great family-friendly activity as well.

Unique Accommodations in El Dorado County

Are you looking for something a little different for your next getaway? These unique accommodations and lodging properties might be just what the doctor ordered. Whether it’s stargazing or the star treatment you’re after, El Dorado County offers some fantastic alternatives to a typical hotel.

Popular pastimes after a record-breaking winter

What a winter we had! Mother Nature packed a winter wallop that we haven’t seen in a while. Some nearby ski resorts have announced they will stay open until July thanks to the record-breaking snowfall in the mountains. Streams, rivers, and lakes are full, waterfalls and wildflowers are going crazy, and the rolling hills are lush and green again.  There has never been a better time to enjoy the great outdoors in El Dorado. We’ve put together some of our most popular pastimes following a wild and wet winter.

Early season river rafting specials on the South Fork of the American River

Whether you’re a seasoned rafter seeking whitewater thrills or have never been on a river rafting trip, you can find a variety of early season river rafting specials available through the many river rafting and kayak operators. El Dorado County is home to the South Fork of the American River, the West Coast’s most popular whitewater river, offering intermediate (Class III) adventures along the backdrop of Gold Rush history.

Striking it rich in El Dorado County: how to pan for gold

The Mother Lode of the California Gold Rush ran straight through El Dorado County bringing in miners from all over the world to strike it rich.

Beyond Tahoe: Wine & Whitewater in California’s Gold Country

The enchanting emerald waters of Lake Tahoe have been luring visitors in for years. Beyond the beauty of the lake lies the scenic Gold Country of California, with a range of attractions and activities ripe for the picking by a true explorer. You can literally raft the American River in the morning, and sip homegrown libations by dusk. Take your pick in this budding nook of California, the charming place where El Dorado and Placer Counties join.

Upcoming El Dorado County Events

Community Calendar

May 21, 2019
5:00 pm Bingo
5:30 pm Caregiver Support Group - Caring & Sharing
7:00 pm Gold Rush Chorus Rehearsal
May 22, 2019
8:00 am Cameron Park Certified Farmers Market
May 23, 2019
7:00 pm Learn to Square Dance
May 24, 2019
Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tours
8:00 pm Olde Coloma Theatre

Bringing the pooch?

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


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