El Dorado County
<< Back to Gold Country section
El Dorado County, in the Heart of the Gold Country
El Dorado County
has always been known for our warm hospitality and our four-legged friends are no exception. In addition to the miles of scenic hiking
and biking trails, the area offers dog friendly shopping, wine tasting, gold panning, dining and accommodations
. Most farms and ranches extend a welcoming paw to well-behaved pets on a leash making El Dorado one of the few places in California with dog friendly farm trails (click here
for the complete guide). And you can bet the animals are showered with the sam
e genuine hospitality as the humans. Look for the friendly paw print popping up in merchant windows everywhere to identify many dog friendly businesses and experience some pooch-pleasing fun.
, picnicking, gold panning, fishing and camping
fill the spring and summer months in El Dorado County. The beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range welcomes winter visitors with pure snowsporting pleasure. Stay in one of many comfortable hotels or bed and breakfast inns. Take home souvenirs from historic towns, choose from the area's dog-friendly wineries
or take advantage of one of the unique dining
experiences El Dorado County has to offer.
For more information, call 1-800-457-6279 and ask for our free visitor's guide.
Visit El Dorado County
Not all hikes lead to a specific destination, but those that do are rewarding—especially when the weather is warm, the destination wet and the scenery in between bright green and streaked with patches of purple lupine and smears of yellow goldfields. more »
A warm autumn weekend in the Apple Hill region offers a bumper crop of pup-friendly choices. Start by hanging your leash at a dog-friendly lodging such as the Mother Lode Motel, a newly renovated property with spacious grounds on the outskirts of Placerville, just five minutes from Apple Hill. more »
After a morning or afternoon of visiting dog-friendly farms and wineries, it just might be the perfect time to hit one of the dozens of dog-friendly trails you’ll find in California’s foothills and the Sierra Nevada. DogTrekker’s go-to resource for 48 of these can be found in Debbi Preston’s newest book, Dog-Friendly Trails For All Seasons. more »
Apple Hill isn’t all about apples. It’s a winemaking region, too, with 17 wineries and a brewery on the Wine Trail map. more »
Things get so busy in October in the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County that shuttle buses are put into play. But from Labor Day weekend until the calendar page turns, you’ll enjoy the bounty without the crowds at 56 family-owned “ranches” between Placerville and Pollock Pines. more »