Coloma, California, is in the heart of the state's "Gold Rush" country. Rafting and kayaking are available on the nearby American River, and hiking trails can be found throughout the region. Mountain biking and road bicycle touring are available in and around Coloma. Tent and RV campers have several options for parks and campgrounds in the greater Coloma environs.
American River Resort
The American River Resort has camping areas for tents and RVs. Tent sites have picnic tables, fire rings and access to fresh water taps. RV sites have water, sewer and electric hookups. Pets are welcome at the resort. There are bathrooms, showers, picnic areas and a swimming pool on the premises for guests to use. Water lovers can raft and kayak on the American River; shuttles can be arranged with the local livery services for rafting drop-offs and pick-ups. Hikers will find trails available at Monroe Ridge.
American River Resort
6019 New River Rd.
Coloma, CA 95613
The Coloma Resort has almost a full mile of riverfront tent camping sites. There are fire rings, grills and picnic tables at the sites. Fresh water is available for drinking and cooking. Guests may use the bathrooms, showers, gazebos and swimming pool. There is a ropes course at the resort for guests to enjoy. Pets are welcome if leashed. Anglers can fish for trout in the river from the campground. Kayaking and rafting are available on the American River. The Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park has a system of trails for nonmotorized access and use and is within 30 minutes of the resort.
6921 Mt. Murphy Rd.
Coloma, CA 95613-0516
The Placerville KOA offers tent campers and RV travelers sites. Tent sites are on flat, level grass and come with picnic tables and fire rings. RV sites have water, sewer, cable TV, Wi-Fi and 30- or 50-amp electric. All guests may use the hot showers, bathrooms, barbecue stations, guest house and laundry facility. Pets are welcome. AAA and Good Sam discounts are extended to members of the travel clubs. The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park has four different informational walks with interpretive kiosks on the gold rush history of the region. The Tahoe National Forest has hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and abuts the Coloma region.
4655 Rock Barn Rd.
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.