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Local Restaurants 

Some of our trips do not include meals, but there are a handful of delicious eateries that are in close proximity to our campground. 

Squally's On the River

Located right next door to our campground is a newly-welcomed Lotus restaurant serving pizza, BBQ, burgers, and salads. Many fresh ingredients are sourced from local farms, ranches, orchards, breweries, and vineyards.

Marcos Cafe

Located just a short walk from our campground is an outdoor family-style restaurant serving unique pizzas, salads, fresh appetizers, and local beer and wine. Local live music can also be enjoyed on weekends. 

Taqueria Aguas Blancas

Located directly across the street from our campground is a spot to enjoy authentic Mexican food as well as local beer and wine. The Taqueria is also attached to a general store where you can pick up camp supplies, river gear, snacks, and drinks. 

Sierra Rizing Cafe and Bakery

Located in the same parking lot as our campground. A favorite amongst locals and travelers alike. Enjoy a variety of coffee and tea beverages as well as delicious home-baked goods. Lunch and dinner is also available. 

Riyo Yogurt

Located in the same parking lot as our campground. Self-serve frozen yogurt with delicious flavors (dairy-free as well) and toppings bar that is guaranteed you cool you down on a hot summer day. 

Cafe Mahjaic

Located a mile away from our campground. A charming upscale restaurant featuring made-from-scratch organic entrees. Open for dinner only. 

The River Shack Deli and Pub

Located about a quarter of a mile from our campground. The River Shack features made-to-order deli sandwiches and a wide variety of beers. The perfect spot to hang out and live life on river time. 

The Coloma Club Bar and Restaurant 

Located about a quarter of a mile up the road from our campground. The Coloma Club has a full service bar and is a popular hang-out spot for locals and river guides at night. The restaurant also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a variety of menu items.

The Argonaut Farm-to-Fork Cafe

Located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park about a mile from our campground is a cozy, river-front cafe serving organic and locally-sourced ingredients for breakfast and lunch. A full espresso bar serves local coffee as well. 


Local Wineries

The California Gold Country is also known for its renowned wine country. Within a short drive of our campground is an abundance of fine wineries and tasting rooms. Take a drive through the beautiful Sierra foothills and enjoy tasting the flavors of the region's fine wines. 

El Dorado County Winery Map & Information

Amador County Winery Map & Information

Hiking Trails 

If hitting the trails is your idea of great time, you are in the right place! There are hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails within a short distance of our campground. The following links are listed in approximate shortest to furthest distance from Earthtrek. 

Marshall Gold Discovery State Park 

Located about a mile down the road from Earthtrek is where James Marshall found gold in 1848 which began the California Gold Rush. Within the state park are miles of hiking trails as well as important historical sites to explore. 

Dave Moore Nature Area 

A short, but sweet, nature trail which leads to the South Fork American River. This is a great hike for younger children. 

Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park

A natural treasure of the Coloma/Lotus Valley. This park boasts several miles of scenic trails which climb up and down through the rolling hills along the South Fork American River. Although it can get very hot during the summer, there are plenty of beautiful river spots to cool down in. 

Auburn State Recreation Area 

About a 20 minute drive away is one of the best maintained trail systems in the region. Auburn SRA has a wide variety of scenic trails for all skill levels as well as an abundance of swimming spots to cool off in after a hot summer day of hiking. 

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

About a 30+ minute drive away is another popular regional outdoor destination. Folsom Lake has several miles of hiking trails as well as great beaches and swimming spots. There are also several concessions that rent watercrafts and gear as well. 

Lake Tahoe Region 

For an all-day excursion, a visit into the Sierra Nevada mountains is the perfect adventure with many miles of hiking trails to be explored. 

Cavern Tours

Located within a day's drive from Earthtrek are several spectacular caverns which can be visited on guided tours. A visit to the caverns can also be coupled with a stroll through historic Gold Rush towns such as Sutter Creek, Jackson, Murphys, and Angel's Camp. 

photo credit: www.californiathroughmylens.com

Gold Rush Towns

Earthtrek Expeditions is located in the heart of California's Gold Country. Immerse yourself in outdoor adventure as well as history by visiting the many historical sites in the region. Fine shopping and dining options also await. 

Coloma

Rediscover for yourself what put California on the map back in 1849 when James Marshall found gold in the American River. 

Placerville

Wander down Main Street Placerville and visit the eccentric shops and delicious restaurants. A visit to nearby Gold Bug Mine is also a fun and educational way to learn about Placerville's Gold Rush past. 

Auburn

Downtown and Old Town Auburn offer an array of shops and restaurants to visit as well as several nearby museums and parks. 

Nevada City

A bit further north on Highway 49 will lead you to Nevada City and Grass Valley. These charming Gold Rush towns are guaranteed to put you in the 49'er spirit. 

Sutter Creek and Jackson

Driving south on Highway 49 will take you further into Gold Country to several more Gold Rush towns. These towns are the perfect stop along the way to cavern tours and nearby wineries.  

photo credit: www.westernmininghistory.com

Apple Hill

During the Fall season, Apple Hill in Camino is a popular destination for home baked goods, locally-grown fruit, craft booths, and other fun fall family activities. During the spring and summer, the area is popular for wine tasting and brews at Jack Russell Farm Brewery

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