December 3, 2016

About the Area | Calaveras CA

Calaveras Overview

Calaveras County is nestled in the central Sierra of California between Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. In the lower regions, oak covered foothills are abundantly sprinkled with colorful wildflowers in spring, while the higher regions boast the largest living things on earth, Giant Sequoia trees.

New Melones Lake Angels Camp

New Melones Lake | Photo: Michiyo Watanabe

Due to its historic nature as one of the original areas settled by gold mining hopefuls in California’s Gold Rush of 1849, each town has its quaint, historic center with charming buildings featuring hardy Victorian architecture, old fashioned charm and friendly locals.

Historic Downtown Angels Camp

Historic downtown Angels Camp | Photo: Carol Richardson


1,080 Square Miles; 645, 210 Acres




Extremely varied; from near sea level in the western part of the county to over 8,000 feet in the east. Topography varies from flat valleys and rolling hills in the west to steep Sierra mountains and canyons in the east.

Snowy mountain

Bear Valley Mountain | Photo: Lisa Boulton


Varies with topography; average yearly lows are in the 30s at lower elevations and 20s in the higher elevations. Average yearly highs are in the 90’s in the lower elevations and the 70s and 80s in the higher elevations. Precipitation varies from 20 to 60 inches per year, Much of it is in the form of snow in the upper regions.

California Cavern caving expedition

Mammoth Cave Expedition | California Cavern | Photo: Dave Bunnell


Calaveras County is best known from Mark Twain’s famous story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It’s also home to many world-class activities and sights including Bear Valley Mountain Resort, Stanislaus River Rafting, Sierra Nevada Fishing and Boating, Big Trees State Park, Columbia State Park, Stanislaus National Forest, some of the best Panning for Gold in California, 3 beautiful caves with some world-class caving options,  California Vineyards and Breweries. Fun and engaging events occur year -round in an area that’s renowned for its live music and thriving arts community. In addition, there are several wonderful museums packed with local history, some including docents in historical costume to explain or demonstrate exhibits. Calaveras is just a two hour drive to Yosemite National Park.  It’s such a great place, you might decide you want to live here. If so, there are plenty of Calaveras County Real Estate professionals who can help you find your dream home.

Twisted Folk Concert

Twisted Folk Concert Series | Twisted Oak Winery | Photo: Robert Lippert


Calaveras County Frog Jump

Miles From Angels Camp

Lake Tahoe (South)…135
Los Angeles…354
San Diego…450
San Francisco…133
San Jose…140

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