The Gold Country ~ Amador, Calaveras & Tuolumne counties

Recreation & Outdoor Adventures

In California’s Gold Country there are spectacular vistas to enjoy and photograph in the national forests and public lands, whitewater for rafting, lakes for fishing, forests to hike, mountains to bike and ski, birds and wildlife to watch, caves to explore and, of course, streams to pan for gold. Here are the Gold Country’s best, followed by a list of spa recommendations and great restaurants.

Amador County

Amador Council of Tourism
Where history and adventure merge.
(209) 295-4251
Amador County. Forest Service
(209) 245-6660
Amador Flower Farm
gardens, picnics & nursery
(209) 223-2411
Argonaut HS Tennis Courts
located in Jackson
(209) 295-4868
Bear River Lake Resort
fishing, boating, waterskiing, snowmobiling
(866) 762-2837
Black Chasm Historic Cave Adventure Tours
historic caverns, guided tours, gifts
(209) 763-5121
Camanche North Shore
canoeing, hunting, picnics
(209) 274-0167
Castle Oaks Golf Course
18 hole, par 71 championship golf course
(209) 785-9801
Copper Valley Trail Company
high country trail rides and pack trips
(209) 295-4251
El Dorado National Forest
(209) 296-3106
Gabby’s Gold Rush Tours
tours and panning
(209) 223-3890
Jackson Family Sports
bicycle rentals
(209) 223-1677
Jackson Rancheria
gaming, shows, dining jacksoncasino.com
(209) 223-9542
Kennedy Gold Mine
one of the deepest gold mines in the world
(877) 547-5966
Kirkwood
ski area and summer resort
(209) 274-4739
Lake Amador Resort
fishing and boating
(209) 295-7020
Mace Meadow Golf Course
“Best in Amador County
(209) 296-4100
Roaring Camp Mining Co.
swim and hike the Mokelumne River
(209) 267-5909
Sierra Mountain Outdoor
Eveyrthing for winter & summer sports

Calaveras County

(530) 694-2475
Alpine County Chamber of Commerce
Discover Alpine County's hidden gems, unparalleled beauty and endless adventure! Stop by the Visitors Center for a FREE county map.
(209) 753-2620
Alpine Snowmobile Rentals
"For the time of your life"
(209) 736-2963
Angels Camp Museum
Located on the 3-acre, now defunct Angels Quartz Mine - the museum dedicates collections to inspire understanding of the gold country, sharing extraordinary stories from the past. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic under China Gulch oak trees where 49'ers prospected for gold.
(209) 753-2834
Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
Summer & Winter Outdoor Adventures
(209) 753-2301
Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Winter and summer activities for the whole family! Your special day in a special place: Imagine saying "I do" in the middle of a national forest. Experts at Bear Valley Mountain, Bear Valley Lodge or in the Village will help plan your wedding. Receptions from 50-200 guests. Dine at Smokin' Barrel Cafe or The Creekside Restaurant
(209) 728-4045
Bear Valley Snowmobile
Scenic & Adventurous Self Guided Trips – Family Fun
Calaveras Visitor's Bureau
California Caves
(209) 785-9801
Copper Valley Trail Company
high country trail rides and pack trips
(209) 728-8471
Ebbets Scenic Byway Association
Stay Play Dine
(209) 736-4333
Glory Hole Sports
Everything you need to catch fish
(209) 728-9333
Horse & Barrel
Saddle up with Horse and Barrel for a rural adventure in California’s premier wine and gold country. A wonderful family destination, we invite you to relax in our beautiful vineyard landscapes - and why not enjoy Northern California’s award winning wines when your trail is done?
(209) 753-6350
Lake Alpine Resort
Open for the summer with live music on the dock, cabin rentals and campgrounds.
(209) 785-8200
Lake Tulloch Marina
water sports and fishing
(866) 762-2837
Moaning Caves and Zipline Adventure Park
cavern and mine tours
(209) 536-9094
New Melones Lake
water sports, houseboats
(209) 736-4677
OARS River Rafting
white water adventures
(209) 728-9112
Outer Aisle Restaurant & Farm Stand
Self-sourced seasonal food, live music, a packed dance floor, Wine in the Garden tours and sustainability classes.
(209) 785-3700
Saddle Creek Golf Resort
“base camp to the foothills”
(209) 795-5981
Sequoia Woods
Restaurant & Lounge, Golf, Weddings & Banquets. Fresh California cuisine; local wines & brews. Indoor and outdoor wedding venues. A beautiful, natural setting in the Sierras.
(209) 795-9310
Sierra Nevada Adventure Co.
Your year round headquarters for quality gear, clothing, footwear and rentals. From kayaks to downhill skis, let your adventure begin here!
(209) 736-2708
Sierra Nevada Recreation Corp.
Cave and Mine Adventures
(209) 728-8906
The Red Apple
Just 4 miles east of Murphys is the home of the famous Sierra fruit pies, apple cider and apple donuts! Take home locally produced honey, syrups, jams and jellies made from The Red Apple's own fresh fruit.

Tuolumne County

(209) 533-0446
49er Mining Tours
The Gold Country's expert in god mining technique, education and fun. Call to book your custom adventure with a 20 year industry veteran.
(209) 965-3502
Aspen Meadow
pack trips and riding
(209) 928-9300
Black Oak Casino
family fun, casino, bowling
(209) 984-4914
California Gold Co.
authentic gold mining trips
(209) 984-3000
Chicken Ranch Casino
“The Little Casino Where the Big Winners Play!”
(209) 928-4689
Cover's Apple Ranch
Your destination for family fun! Ride the miniature train, play in the tree houses or visit the many barnyard animals. The main ranch house bakes homemade goods and fresh pressed cider. Breakfast and Lunch is served Daily!
(209) 928-4689
Covers Apple Ranch
An excellent place for a field trip, with a miniature train, tree houses and many barnyard animals. There's home-style food from the deli, delicious homemade baked goods, and fresh-pressed, 100% natural cider, plus a gift shop with unique gifts and many locally made items.
(209) 962-8620
Dodge Ridge Winter Sports
A 815-acre winter wonderland, just 30 miles east of Sonora.
(209) 852-2369
Don Pedro Lake
outdoor family fun
(209) 852-2369
Forever Resorts
water sports and houseboats
(209) 532-9693
Hidden Treasures
gold mining tours
(209) 588-0776
High Country Sports Arena
ice hockey and ice skating
(209) 965-4719
High Sierra Snowplay at Leland Meadows
(209) 532-4861
Kamice's Photographic Establishment
21st century photographs in 19th century costumes.
(209) 586-3533
Longbarn Lodge
ice skating
(866) 677-8464
Marble Quarry RV Park
RV Sites/Tents/Cabins
(209) 962-4686
Mountain Sage
Located just outside Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra foothill community of Groveland California, Mountain Sage is a unique combination of art gallery, plant nursery and gardens, coffee and teahouse and retail store on family heirloom grounds. Several rooms of the historic house are dedicated as gallery space displaying a selection of large framed images. Robb began selling fine art prints out of Mountain Sage in 2002 to a very receptive audience and has experienced consistent growth ever since.
(209) 965-3411
Pinecrest Lake Resort
Enjoy fishing or sailing on Pinecrest Lake, swimming and sunning on the sandy beaches, skiing at Dodge Ridge Ski Area, tennis in the summer and hiking on the many forest trails. Stay in a deluxe motel, rustic cabins or spacious townhouses. All are within a leisurely walk from the General Store, Sports Shop, Post Office and the popular Steam Donkey Restaurant and Bar. Pinecrest is less than 3 hours from The Bay Area on Sonora Pass.
(209) 984-3125
Quartz Mountain Stage Line
Go back to the past and enjoy an authentic stagecoach ride all year long.
(209) 588-0808
Quartz Mountain Stageline
authentic stagecoach rides
(209) 984-3953
Railtown 1897
A day on the authentic steam engine train is a century of history. The historic roundhouse is open daily, Train Rides every weekend April through October
(209) 296-4100
Roaring Camp Mining Tours
fishing, swimming, adventure
(209) 532-2534
Sierra Glen Apple Ranch
farm, hay rides, bakery
(209) 962-0367
Sierra Mac River Trips
guided river raft trips
(209) 532-4103
Springfield Flying Service
biplane rides and tours
(209) 985-1799
Yosemite Family Adventures
Where Yosemite Adventure Begins! These one of a kind tours give guests the opportunity to experience multiple adventures in one day on morning, afternoon or evening tours in summer and winter months. YFA's professional guides will craft an engaging, exciting and unforgettable trip for you.
(209) 532-6249
Zepher Whitewater Expeditions
river rafting