whitewater rafting on South Fork American RiverSpring and Summer in the Coloma Lotus Valley is full of good, clean, old fashioned fun for all ages! This peaceful valley conveniently located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe offers adventure for everyone. The winter rains provide a green canvas of foliage that will quickly turn into a golden hue with the help of our sizzling Summer heat! It is a recreation seeker’s paradise year-round, but now is the time to get wet!

The South Fork of the American River that flows through the modest towns of Coloma and Lotus offers some of the most famous family friendly whitewater rafting this side of the Rockies! Summertime is our peak season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Where to stay while you are here? We offer lots of options! There are many riverside camp resorts where you can pitch a tent or rent a cabin.  There are also historic Inns, romantic B&B’s, hotel rooms and vacation homes that are located both centrally or just outside the Valley. Whether you are planning a party, reunion, special event or a peaceful weekend, you can be sure to find the right Lodging facilities to accommodate your needs.

Our most popular attraction is the famous Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, open daily for families and history buffs alike! There are also several local wineries to sip wine, take in grand views and relax.  The local restaurants offer much more than delicious cuisine, as most of them feature live, local entertainment nearly every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day! If you are looking for live theatre, the Olde Coloma Theatre offers something fun and affordable for every season!

There are also abundant hiking, cycling and equestrian areas that will take you through rolling hills and near riverside trails and even waterfalls. So, whether you are an adventure junkie, or just looking for a quiet weekend away, the Coloma-Lotus Valley is sure to have something for everyone! You can easily build the trip that will best suit you and your friends or family by navigating this website. Once it is all planned, count on our friendly community welcoming you with open arms! We hope you choose to visit our lovely Valley soon!

golden hills of Cronan Ranch near Coloma

More Gold Country Travel Destinations

Want to extend your trip? Coloma is close to recreation at Lake Tahoe and historical sites up and down Highway 49. While you’re here, consider visiting some other attractions in El Dorado County and elsewhere in California’s Gold Country. You’ll find lots of ideas at the following sites:

El Dorado County Visitors Authority
Placerville Downtown Association
Historic Hwy 49