Let’s #MoveMore this New Year!

Have you committed to the January Move More Challenge? There may be a gentle mountain chill in the air, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors! Start the year off right by meeting your January Move More challenge with our top tips for super fun, easy, and accessible activities throughout Calaveras county to keep you moving through January and beyond.

Insider’s Tip: Outdoor events are a great way to keep moving while staying social. Check out our annual January events here, or visit our on-line calendar-of-events to see what’s happening throughout the year.

January Move More Tip: Take a Walk

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Local Instagram runner @curlymarisela keeps us inspired to #movemore all year long.

Let’s start with the basics. Did you know that just moving your body outside for twenty minutes can energize your day and bring fresh perspective? Don’t take our word for it; try it yourself. Whether strolling through one of our picturesque historic downtown areas or hitting a local trail, there’s nothing like taking a walk to ease you into the January #movemore lifestyle.

January Move More Tip: Kick Up the Intensity

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From the campgrounds at New Melones, trails stretch for miles and are great for crisp winter runs and hikes. | Jason B Smith

Take your outdoor movement up a notch, and turn any of the above walks into runs! You can even make it social. Keep an eye on our calendar of events during the time of your visit for opportunities to join a trail building team or join in a local marathon. Who knows, you might even make some great new friends along the way!

January Move More Tip: Play Golf

Winter is a great time to check out Calaveras’ fun and challenging courses at Angels Camp’s Robert Trent Jones Championship golf course Greenhorn Creek Resort,  The Golf Club at Copper Valley (one of GolfWeek Magazine’s regular top picks), or Golf Digest darling La Contenta Golf Resort .

Yealimi Noh, knows how to win ? #GreenhornCreekJr

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American Junior Golf Association’s Official Instagram Account. 

January Move More Tip: Disc Golf

In case you haven’t heard, disc golf is kind of a big deal around here. If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot – it’s harder than it looks and you get a good walk out of it! Plus, most courses are either free or have small park entrance fees. SNAC in Arnold and Murphys are your source for golf discs.Disc Golf is also well represented throughout the county, with courses at Lake Hogan (near Valley Springs), Plug Ugly Disc Golf Course (in San Andreas) and Feeney Park (in Murphys), we have more than a few disc golf courses to choose from. Check our various disc golf courses out side by side and learn more about our higher elevation disc golf courses available in warmer months here: ).

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New Hogan disc golf | Josh Bridges

January Move More Tip: Bike

The lower elevation Calaveras lake trails mentioned above are a great spot to sample local mountain biking. While the Arnold Rim Trail tends to be covered in snow this time of year, watch the weather. It can be in excellent shape with a spell of dry weather. The mild daytime temps in the foothills can make for a great day of road cycling as well. Calaveras even has many popular cycling events throughout the year, here are some of our favorites:

Want to connect with other cycling enthusiasts in the area? Contact the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition here.

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Instagrammer @criadokotoff explores Calaveras daily on his fixed gear bike.

January Move More Tip – Enjoy Calaveras Snow Play 7 Different Ways

Whether it’s on a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis, few winter activities combine both the challenge and reward of these snow country sports. Once you arrive at the crest of a trail to take in the views of the Sierra Nevada, you’ll be glad you pumped your way to the top. Bear Valley Cross Country has world-class striding, skating and snowshoes trails, and a full rental, retail and demo center.  Big Trees State Park is also magical in the snow, and a snowshoe through the park is a truly unique way to experience this ancient forest.

From adrenaline pumping adventures to gentle forays into a winter wonderland, Bear Valley and the snowy Calaveras County High Sierra corridor have got you covered. Read on for our top 7 favorite ways to enjoy the snow in and near Calaveras County along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway during your next snow day adventure.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Winter | Dave Bunnell
Winter snowshoeing at Calaveras Big Trees State Park | Dave Bunnell

January Move More Tip: Get Underground–Caving Style

For something deep, check out local Moaning Cavern and Mercer Caverns–open year round.  Two of our most popular caves, Moaning Cavern and Mercer Caverns are both vertically oriented – meaning there are plenty of stairs for you to get a unique workout any time of year. Make sure to come back for a visit later in the new year in order to checkout California Cavern–open seasonally and featuring some spectacular walking or spelunking tours.

San Andreas area festivals & events | Cave lantern tours
Lantern tours at California Cavern | Serena Deininger

Burn calories while exploring some of Calaveras County’s famous limestone caverns! While you’re at it, check out Moaning Cavern’s climbing tower, twin-ziplines, and adventure tours–they’ll get your heart pounding in no time!

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Check out Moaning Cavern’s Twin Zip-lines via their official IG account @moaningcavern.

January Move More Tip: Get Social at Your Local Yoga or Fitness Studio.

The mind and spirit need to stay fit too. That’s where Yoga and Fitness Studios come in. A great place to make new friends, visit Angels Camp’s newest fitness studio Angels Camp Body Shop offering a wide range of classes for all levels, including weight and interval training, TRX and BASE methods. Heading to Murphys? Checkout the community oriented Intelligent Body in Murphys downtown area for a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Forrest and Kundalini – as well as a meditation class or two. (Keep a close eye on this one, they frequently offer classes by donation to make it that much easier to say yes to wellness).

Looking for a little fitness and unwinding above the snowline? Check out Trinity’s Wellness Spa & Fitness in Bear Valley offering spa services as well as gym drop-ins.

If fitness in the forest is more your speed, make sure to checkout Arnold’s Big Tree Fitness center, or Core Connection (offering both yoga and fitness classes such as Pilates, Aerobics and Dance).  All of these studios have drop in pricing, ranging from $12-15. Check their respective websites for details and specific class schedules.

The official Instagram Account @angelscampbodyshop keeps a bright and playful ‘tude while getting their move on.

Looking for even more great places to #movemore throughout the county? Follow us at gocalaveras on Facebook or Instagram throughout January for even more #movemore options around Calaveras County. Tag us in your #movemore adventures for a chance to be featured (@gocalaveras or #lovingcalaveras). See you on the trails!

Looking for lodging while visiting the area? See what’s available, compare prices, and book your lodging here:

With all of these inspiring ways to knock your January Move More Challenge out of the park, what are you waiting for? Let’s get moving!