Coloma Resort, Coloma, California

Located in the foothills on the western side of the Sierra range, Coloma Resort is surrounded on three sides and adjacent to the American River and Sutter's Mill, the site of the initial finding of gold in California in January of 1848. This park is beautifully situated along the American River, which runs year round. Oaks and pines spot the campground, and a large expanse of riverfront spots allow access to the riverbanks. A narrow bridge connects the Marshall Gold Discovery Site State Historic Park, which is run by California's State Park system. The state park is lovely and offers lots to explore about the Native Americans, Chinese, and 49ers who all have lived off of this land. History buffs and explorers will definitely enjoy visiting the state park's visitor's center and exhibits. Back at camp, you will find a well run, private resort that has not only RV and tent sites, but cabins available for rent, all just steps from Highway 49 and the state park. The park is sprawling along this riverfront and has several playgrounds, outside kitchens/gathering areas, the Shave Shack found in a vintage Airstream, and a wonderfully appointed general store. This resort has plenty of amenities, especially to hold an RV rally or a caravan group. There is also a ropes course, amphitheater, and large meeting room, but those appeared to be by reservation only, for rallies for example. During summer months, tubing in the river is a popular activity, but during our fall visit we enjoyed the changing leaf colors, the Canadian geese honking in flight over the river, and spying a buck and a doe across the river on a grassy bank. Interior roads are mainly dirt, as are site pads. All RV and tent sites offer electric and water hookups, and some sites offer full hookups. Sites are generally spacious, but not as much so as a state or national park. This quiet, peaceful find was a highlight of our trip.

Best Sites: 29-72
Poor Sites: 1-17, 81
Hookups: Electric, Water & Sewer
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes