The valley is a place to enjoy year-round. Summer is a time for cooling off in the river. Fall brings the harvest and spectacular yellow and gold foliage. Winter is a time of gentle rains (snow seldom falls here because of the low elevation), and spring boasts mild temperatures, green hills and lavish displays of poppies, lupine and other wildflowers.

spring poppies along the American RiverSpring

Bursting with green, blossoms. Quiet, not yet tourist season. Poppies on the hillsides. River running cold and getting higher as the snow melts in May.

School children visiting Marshall Park.

Early season exciting whitewater … wetsuits! Great hiking, biking.

Wineries, galleries.

Summer

Peak recreation season. Sunny and hot. Water feels good, refreshing.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking. Don’t forget to check for photos and videos.

All outdoor recreation. For dry land activities, get an early start and carry water.

Festivals – Coloma Blues Live, TrailFest, ARAMC.

Busy and bustling, all businesses open, lots of food/lodging choices.

whitewater rafting on the South Fork American River

Autumn

After Labor Day, pace slows a bit, but September still offers lots to do. Whitewater still flowing. Weather is milder but not yet wet, great for hiking, biking.

September: American River Festival, American River Music Festival; October: Coloma Gold Rush Live.

Wineries, shopping, Placerville Arts Association’s Studio Tour.

Cronan Ranch near Coloma, California

Winter

Quiet, peaceful, uncrowded, green, beautiful.

Cozy B&Bs.

Christmas in Coloma, Gold Discovery Day.

Holiday shopping, wineries, arts/galleries. Some businesses close during the winter, so be sure and book lodging. Check to see which restaurants and cafes are open.

holiday buggy ride at Christmas in Coloma