Welcome to Placerville

Placerville has always been a travelers’ town: it was originally a destination for fortune hunters who reached California by following the South Fork of the American River. In 1857 the first stagecoach to cross the Sierra Nevada linked Placerville to Nevada’s Carson Valley, which eventually became part of the nation’s first transcontinental stagecoach route.

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$80 Day Trips & Excursions

El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Boa Vista Orchards, Placerville, CaliforniaGuests will have a chance to sample local produce and taste goodsfrom the bakery. Wine Tasting is also included.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Boeger Winery, Placerville, CaliforniaThis is one of the oldest wineries in the region where guests will get a tour of Boeger and learn about the rich history. Wine Tasting of course is included as well.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Jodar Vineyards, Placerville, CaliforniaGuests will be wine tasting at this scenic winery, also picnic lunch will be provided as wellDuration: 1 hourStop At: Crystal Basin Cellars, Camino, CaliforniaWine tasting - optional. $5.00 charge but will be waived with the wine purchaseDuration: 30 minutesPass By: Placerville Historical Museum, Placerville, CaliforniaCapital of El Dorado County

$90 Kid Friendly

Wild Mushroom Adventure: Sierra Morels

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Eldorado National Forest, Placerville, CaliforniaThese 3-4 hour classes meet in the Sierras and cover the basics of wild mushroom foraging. After a brief talk on the ecology of edible mushrooms and mushroom hunting safely and ethically, we'll set you free to forage. You’ll meet back up with Patrick to help identify your finds. We will be traveling and hiking up to maybe 7,000' so do be prepared if you get elevation sickness. It's important to note that although you will learn a ton about wild mushroom hunting in this class, we're at the whim of nature, so there are no guarantees you'll find pounds of mushrooms. People in our classes have found Chanterelles, Boletes, Black Trumpet, Morels, Hedgehogs, and lots of other great species of delicious mushrooms.Duration: 4 hours

$137 Water Sports

South Fork American River: Chili Bar (Class III Whitewater)

Action awaits on this historical trip through one of California’s most popular waterways! Beginning just outside of the town of Placerville, this run offers 9 miles of whitewater excitement. Travel through the golden foot hills of the Western Sierra Nevada mountains as warm sun rays envelope your senses. Splashes of cool mountain water invigorate and awaken as you float through one of California’s most historical areas. In 1848 the South Fork of the American River changed the world when gold was first discovered in the stream bed. The California Gold Rush was born creating the largest human migration for a single purpose since the crusades. Today folks are still attracted to the region, not for its gold but for its whitewater. This trip starts off with one of the biggest rapids, “Meat Grinder” in an exciting introduction. Fun filled class II’s and III’s continue throughout the day with something new around each bend. Halfway down our guides prepare a rejuvenating lunch allowing time to relax and sun bath on shore as the sound of the river fills the canyon. Rapids continue after lunch leading to an exciting Class III drop, “Trouble Maker” near the end of your trip. Here your guides will entertain you with stories as the boats float by the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park. Join us on an extraordinary adventure for all on our South Fork American- Chili Bar run. With beautiful foothill scenery, fun splashy rapids, all in an area rich in history, this river is the perfect escape on a hot summer day.