Rushing Rivers

Visit El Dorado County

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.

Outdoor Recreation

Wine Trails

Historic Towns

Experience the Arts

Farm Trails

Top Trips & Picks

Inside El Dorado County

Planning a trip to Apple Hill℠? Read this first.

It’s almost time for the Apple Hill℠ ranches to open. Whether you’re a first-timer to the ranches or have been going there for years, you’ll find these tips from Ann Wofford of Wofford Acres Vineyards useful.

Here are Ann’s top five tips to having a memorable time and getting the best service, and one essential tip if you ONLY visit in the Fall…

Inns Around El Dorado County: Seven-Up Guest Ranch

In this issue of Inns Around El Dorado County, we travel to Fair Play to visit the Seven-Up Guest Ranch. Owner Linda Rossetti shared the unique history of the ranch and what makes this part of El Dorado County so special.

6 ways to enjoy apple season without kids

While Apple Hill™ is known for its apple farms and family-friendly activities, you don’t need to have kids with you to enjoy the area’s varied attractions.

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.

An afternoon in Placerville

If you are looking to plan a trip to the Gold Country but don’t know where to begin, Placerville is the perfect place to start. Placerville has gorgeous scenery, an abundance of shops and museums, several wineries all in one place, and is alive with a fascinating history. Want to know the best places to go? We’ll walk you through the perfect afternoon in Placerville.

Apple Hill℠ Cake recipe: an El Dorado County tradition

Fall is prime time to explore the ranches, wineries, and other places that are part of the Apple Hill™ Growers. It’s when you can indulge in all things apple, including donuts, pie, turnovers, cider, candied apples… and Apple Hill Cake!

Five ways to beat the heat in El Dorado County

Summertime is the most wonderful time of year. After all, who doesn’t love sunshine, long days, flip flops, shorts, and everything else that comes with #notwinter?

But. There comes a time (usually around August) when the heat may start to get to you. Sure, you can head to an air-conditioned movie theater or mall, but why do that?

We’ve got better ideas. Five of them.

Must-try mountain bike trails in El Dorado County

For mountain bikers in the know, El Dorado County is a hidden gem. Miles of singletrack throughout the region means adventure, fun, and fantastic views for newbie and expert riders alike.

Can’t-miss summer events in El Dorado County

Summertime means longer days, warmer nights, and time to play. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate summer in El Dorado County, check out some of our favorite events.

Upcoming El Dorado County Events

Community Calendar

August 23, 2019
Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tours
9:00 am Marshall Hospital Farmers' Market
9:00 am UCCE Master Gardeners Sherwood Demonstration Garden Open Garden Days
10:00 am Off Broadway Anniversary Sale and Ribbon Cutting
6:00 pm Pizza on the Patio
6:00 pm Summer Music Series at the Camino Tasting Room - Bumgarner Winery & Vineyard
6:00 pm Sunset Sippin at Boeger Winery
8:00 pm Olde Coloma Theatre

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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