Calaveras Lakes Round-Up

Looking to find lakeside trails ot on-the water fun in Calaveras throughout the year?  Here’s a detailed look at 10 of our favorite lakes accessed in and around Calaveras County–in alphabetical order. Visiting in Winter or early Spring? Check Calaveras winter road conditions or give us a call 7 days a week to find the right … Continued

Happy Kids on Vacation

Kid’s Caving Expedition Probably one of the absolute coolest adventures your kids will never forget, is the Mammoth Cave Expedition at California Cavern. Available for ages 8 and up, the trip takes you and your kids on a thrilling wild cave exploration with only cave helmet lights to light the way. Climb, crawl and squirm … Continued

New Hogan Lake Camping

New Hogan Lake camping, picnicking and RV sites are well designed to give beautiful views of the lake. There are 207 campsites available for reservation at three campgrounds: Acorn, Oak Knoll & Deer Flat with boat-in camping, plus one group campground that can accommodate up to 50 people, called Coyote Point. While here, you can … Continued

Kid Favorites in Calaveras

One thing I know about having two high-energy boys is that it helps to have a plan. There’s a lot to do here, and by about 8:30 in the morning they’re bouncing off the walls unless otherwise directed. Here are a few of my favorite go-to activities, which are by no means exclusive to the kid-carrying … Continued

SNAC Murphys

SNAC in Murphys is located across from the historic Murphys Hotel in the heart of the charming Gold Rush town of Murphys, California. Get all of your outdoor adventure gear here. SNAC’s mission is to provide their customers with expert service and the most exciting, innovative new products to make their next outdoor adventure complete; … Continued

Bear Valley Summer Day Camp

At Bear Valley Summer Day Camp their mission is to provide opportunities for children to learn and grow in the High Sierra mountain playground. They utilize a values-based curriculum with outdoor activities and educational experiences to nurture a lifetime of healthy choices and self-confidence, while respecting and protecting the great outdoors. Camps are organized by week, … Continued

Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods

Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods is a full line sporting goods store with everything for your camping needs, including sleeping bags, tents, stoves, lanterns and all camping accessories. They are also a Hi-Tec footwear dealer, outfitting the public with all of the newest hiking footwear. Check out their Flojos, the most comfortable flipflop made. They also carry … Continued

Sierra Nevada Adventure Company

Sierra Nevada Adventure Company (SNAC) has two store locations right here in Calaveras County that have helpful, knowledgeable staff to assist you in finding the perfect sports gear for your Calaveras getaway. Visit their Arnold location to rent a kayak, SUP, or canoe, then head to Lake Alpine or White Pines for some fun in … Continued

White Pines Lake

Locals favorite, White Pines Lake is situated along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. It’s a small, picturesque high country lake with beaches, picnic tables, a children’s playground and disc golf course just one mile outside of Arnold. This lake can be the center of your entire day, when combined with fishing or swimming, kayaking or paddle-boarding, … Continued

Arnold Area

A mountain sports haven, Arnold and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, off-road adventures, golf, fishing, and first-rate winter recreation. It is home to fine dining, historic lodging and unique boutique shopping. The region also stages free live music concerts throughout the summer, and arts and crafts festivals. … Continued

Valley Springs

Valley Springs’ beautiful reservoirs are all within half an hour of each other. Each offers different recreational opportunities, and a variety of topography, geographical features, wildlife and birds. Hit the links while you’re here at La Contenta’s championship golf course. When visiting our beautiful environment, remember to Hop Lightly. Valley Springs: New Hogan Lake The … Continued

Kid Favorites in Calaveras

Editor’s Note:  Although part of California Cavern’s above ground landscape was burned by the recent Butte Fire,  the underground environment in this enchanting cavern is completely unaffected and guided tours have reopened. Calaveras County draws people for many reasons. For me the area is my gateway to the High Sierra. I’m what you might call a mountain nerd. … Continued