Gold Panning

Angels Camp Museum & Carriage House

Angels Camp Museum & Carriage House

Angels Camp Museum Carriage House209-736-2963
753 S. Main St. (Hwy 49)
Angels Camp 95222
angelscamp.gov/index.php/angels-camp-museum

Home to one of the largest collections of carriages and wagons in the nation, Angels Camp Museum is an international destination with more than 30,000 square feet of exhibits on Gold Rush history. Visitors can stroll through the beautifully landscaped historical park to explore extensive indoor and outdoor exhibits that include a doctor’s office and The Mark Twain Exhibit, as well as ranching and artisan exhibits.

Continuing through the museum, visitors can also view two steam traction engines and exhibits highlighting mining equipment such as an overshot water-wheel in its original location, a hydraulic monitor, drills, ore cars and even a working model of a famous stamp mill.

Guided tours of the museum are offered daily during open hours with a reservation at least two weeks in advance. Groups must be minimum six people and maximum 60 people. A tour lasts 90 minutes and costs the same as general admission group rate. Call for more information.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic under native oak trees of China Gulch where the ’49ers prospected for gold. Enjoy our gold panning experience station and learn how to gold pan!

Stop by the gift shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs including a copy of Mark Twain’s infamous story ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.’

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Innovations in Tourism ATTRACTION winnerAngels Camp Museum received the BEST ATTRACTION award in the 2014 Calaveras Visitors Bureau Innovations in Tourism Awards for their new special programs, extension of hours and huge increase in visitation.

California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

California Cavern, State Historic Landmark

California Cavern, State Historic Landmark209-736-2708 or 866-762-2837
9565 Cave City Road
Mountain Ranch 95246
caverntours.com

California’s first show cave, delighting visitors since 1850, features an enchanting trail with beautiful cystalline formations in historical and recently discovered pristine areas. Also available-wild cavern expeditions by reservation. Fantistic gift shopping for books, science, nature, mineral and gem supplies and educational toys.

Enjoy gold panning and gemstone mining in our flume system right next to the visitors center and gift shop.

Related links: Moaning Cavern Adventure Park | Black Chasm Cavern | Moaning Cavern Zip Lines

Blogs featuring California Cavern: Adventure Alert! Are You Crazy Enough for Spelunking? | How to Beat the Heat? Head Underground… | Fly-In for a Unique View of Calaveras County

 

Innovations in Tourism RECREATION winnerCave and Mine Adventures, which operates California Cavern Adventure Park, received the BEST RECREATION award in the 2014 Calaveras Visitors Bureau Innovations in Tourism Awards for developing the zip lines at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park and for operating and funding the Murphys Information Center.

 

 

 

Goldrush Originals

Goldrush Originals

gold panning209-736-0044
1227 South Main Street
Angels Camp 95222
goldrushoriginals.com

Experience the thrill of discovering gold!  Go prospecting for gold on an outdoor adventure tour.  Goldrush Originals will lead you and your group to one of our favorite spots to find gold, supply all the tools, and teach you how to pan. You get to keep what you find. Fun for the whole family and a real Gold Rush adventure!

Blogs featuring Goldrush Originals: Gold Country Cool

Ironstone Vineyards

Ironstone Vineyards

Ironstone Vineyards209-728-1251
1894 Six Mile Road
Murphys 95247
ironstonevineyards.com

Ironstone is so much more than a winery.  Family owned and family-oriented, there is always something interesting happening including our complimentary tours of our beautifully groomed grounds, silent movie nights, holiday brunches, gold panning on weekends and much more. Free tours of the winery grounds and wine cave offered. Check website for details.

In addition to being an outstanding event and wedding space, museum and gourmet deli, Ironstone Vineyards is a seriously good winemaker. Check out their multiple awards in our handy list of Calaveras County Wineries AWARDS and ACCOLADES

Related links:  Ironstone Weddings | Ironstone Vineyards Summer Concert Series | Ironstone Heritage Museum 

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Trip Advisor Certificate of ExellenceIronstone Vineyards is a Certificate of Excellence winner for 2013 from tripadvisor.com based on outstanding customer feedback.

RECENT WINE AWARDS:
2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
GOLD medal – 2010 Reserve Lodi “Rous Vineyard” Old Vine Zinfandel
GOLD medal – 2012 California Obsession Symphony
SILVER medal – 2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon

Mercer Caverns

Mercer Caverns

Mercer Caverns209-728-2101
1665 Sheep Ranch Rd., P O Box 509
Murphys 95247
mercercaverns.com

Discovered in 1885, Mercer Caverns is home to a wide variety of beautiful cave formations, most notably its world famous array of delicate frostlike crystals known as aragonite flos ferri, for which it won a Grand prize at the 1900 Paris World Exposition.  Explore Mercer Caverns and experience Nature’s stunning underground wonders.

Enjoy gold panning and gemstone mining in our flume system right next to the visitors center and gift shop.

Blogs featuring Mercer Caverns: Winter in Calaveras: Catch the Highlights |  Winter: Unwind, indulge… or both | The Big Loop |  Top Family-friendly Picks for Winter Activities

Moaning Cavern Adventure Park

Moaning Cavern Adventure Park

Rappelling at Moaning Cavern209-736-2708 or 866-762-2837
5350 Moaning Cave Road
Vallecito 95251
caverntours.com

OPEN EVERY DAY, YEAR-ROUND: Descend deep underground on a guided walk tour, rappel by rope 165-feet or reserve a challenging caving Adventure Trip. Above ground, race 1/4 mile on thrilling twin zip lines or climb our new custom climbing tower.

Enjoy gold panning and gemstone mining in our flume system right next to the visitors center and gift shop.

Related links: Zip Lines | California Cavern | Black Chasm Cavern

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Innovations in Tourism RECREATION winnerCave and Mine Adventures, which operates Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, received the BEST RECREATION award in the 2014 Calaveras Visitors Bureau Innovations in Tourism Awards for developing the zip lines at Moaning Cavern Adventure Park and for operating and funding the Murphys Information Center.