Calaveras County is located in California's historic Gold Country and spectacular High Sierra, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. An easy 2-3 hours' drive from San Francisco and the Bay Area, and just 1-1/2 hours from Sacramento International Airport, Calaveras County seems worlds away with its oak studded savanna foothills and wild, rugged mountains.

Getting to Calaveras County from major California cities, Reno and Tahoe, is a beautiful drive whatever route you take.  Be sure to stop in at the Visitors Center in historic downtown Angels Camp for help planning your visit! Scroll down for directions from Sacramento, Fresno & LA, San Francisco & the Bay Area, and Reno & South Lake Tahoe.

The Calaveras Visitors Center, Angels Camp

We’re at 1192 South Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222, and we’re open 7 days a week. Questions? We’re here to help. Call toll free 800-225-3764 or 209-736-0049 or shoot us an email to [email protected].

Getting to Calaveras from the NORTH: Sacramento

historic hotel Leger exterior

Mokelumne Hill

From Route 50 take Sunrise Blvd. southbound (out of Rancho Cordova). Go left (eastbound) onto Jackson Highway (Highway 16). Go approximately 30 miles to the Highway 49 junction and turn right (south) towards Jackson. Follow Highway 49 to Calaveras County. Be sure to stop in to Mokelumne Hill’s charming, historic downtown – your entry point to the county – for boutique shops, Renegade winery and Hotel Leger’s historic saloon and restaurant. Link to Google Maps recommended directions from Sacramento.

Getting to Calaveras from the SOUTH: Fresno & LA

Salt Spring School, Jack Forkner


Take Highways 5 or 99 north to Stockton, then Highway 4 east. Enjoy the rolling foothills to Copperopolis, your entry point to Calaveras. Stop off at pretty-as-a-picture, Copperopolis Town Square for artisanal ice cream, locally grown olive oil, wine tasting, gas, boutique shopping and restaurants then continue east to explore more of Calaveras. Link to Google Maps recommended directions from Southern California.

Getting to Calaveras from the WEST: San Francisco & Bay Area

Attractions: New Hogan Lake in Summer

Valley Springs

From San Francisco take 80 east, or from San Jose take 680 east. Then take 580 east to Tracy, to  205 east, then I-5 north. Next, take Highway 26 east to Rancho Calaveras and Valley Springs, home of the Tri Lakes area with its three beautiful reservoirs complete with camping and hiking trails. Once you’re in town, this a great place to stop and get gas, coffee, groceries and snacks. Link to Google Maps recommended directions from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Getting to Calaveras from the EAST: Reno and Tahoe

Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway Fall Color Lucia Gonzalez

Ebbetts Pass

Take 80 west to Auburn, then 49 South. In the summer months Highway 4, the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway, offers a beautiful drive complete with scenery that includes scenic high alpine fishing lakes, deep canyons and vast vistas of the Sierra Nevada. This is an outstanding route to take on a motorcycle! Google Maps recommended WINTER directions (through Amador County) from South Lake Tahoe. Google maps recommended SUMMER directions from South Lake Tahoe when Ebbetts Pass is open.

Miles to Angels Camp




Bakersfield 218 351
Fresno 114 183
Lake Tahoe (South) 135 217
Los Angeles 354 570
Oakland 122 196
Sacramento 75 121
San Diego 450 724
San Francisco 133 214
San Jose 140 225
Stockton 52 84
Yosemite 93 150

Drive Times & Distances to Calaveras County






South Lake Tahoe (SUMMER) Tamarack 2.0 hours 70 113
South Lake Tahoe (WINTER) Mokelumne Hill 2.0 hours 92 148
Sacramento Mokelumne Hill 1.25 hours 55 89
Yosemite National Park Angels Camp 1.5 hours 56 90
San Jose Valley Springs 2.25 113 182
San Francisco Valley Springs 2.25 hours 115 185
Los Angeles Copperopolis 6.5 hours 349 562

Once You’re Here

Enjoy driving your vehicle along our beautiful highways and byways, including the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway and historic Highway 49, or take one of these transportation services:

Murphys Taxi Service | Stagecoach Limousine | Calaveras Transit

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