El Dorado County

El Dorado County

Visit the Gold Country
El Dorado County has always been known for warm hospitality, four-legged friends included.
Look for the paw-print logo popping up in merchant windows everywhere to identify many dog-friendly businesses and experience some pooch-pleasing fun.

Whitewater rafting, hiking, swimming, picnicking, gold panning, fishing and camping fill the spring and summer months in El Dorado County. The beautiful Sierra's welcome winter visitors with pure snow-sporting pleasure. Stay in one of many hotels or bed and breakfast inns. Choose from the area's dog-friendly wineries or unique dining experiences in El Dorado County.
 
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El Dorado County

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park <br/> Photo Credit: @leave_only_pawprints
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Photo Credit: @leave_only_pawprints

Named for the mythical city of gold, El Dorado County epitomizes California Gold Country. Its county seat, Placerville, is named for the alluvial deposits in the American River where many a miner struck it rich. The town of Placerville also makes for an interesting visit with its dog-welcoming restaurants, shops and a historic and dog-friendly hotel, Cary House, right in the middle of the action. Read more about El Dorado County in last week’s Highway 50 Gold Country issue. more »

Turquoise Blue Persuasion in Pollock Pines

Maci at Sly Park Recreation Area - Photo Credit: @maci_explores2
Maci at Sly Park Recreation Area - Photo Credit: @maci_explores2

Once you reach Pollock Pines on Highway 50, you’re deep into Gold Country. And on a hot summer day, nothing could be more appealing than a dip in a turquoise-blue lake and a hike around it with your four-legged friend. Jenkinson Lake is the centerpiece of 650-acre Sly Park Recreation Area, and it’s gorgeous. more »

Make Apple Hill A Dog-Friendly Tradition

A Doggone Good Time at Apple Hill <br/>  Photo Credit: @mel.chacon5
A Doggone Good Time at Apple Hill
Photo Credit: @mel.chacon5

September and October in El Dorado County means apples—lots and lots of apples and all the good things, from cider to pie, that go with them. But any time is a good time to visit some of the 50-plus family-owned farms, ranches and wineries operated by Apple Hill Growersmore »

Up the Hill in Placerville With Your Furry Sidekick

Lucy hoping for a bite at Jack Russell Brewery. <br/> Photo Credit: @tbutcherskitchen
Lucy hoping for a bite at Jack Russell Brewery.
Photo Credit: @tbutcherskitchen

The El Dorado County seat was named for the alluvial deposits that drew prospectors here during the Gold Rush. It’s nickname, “Hangtown,” relates to the lawlessness of the times. Today, however, it’s one of the most picturesque, bustling and dog-friendly of Gold Country towns. more »

The Private Campground Advantage

Photo Credit: @colby_1_kenobi
Photo Credit: @colby_1_kenobi

If pit toilets and DIY tent camping in general aren’t your style, you may find your bliss at one of California’s hundreds of private campgrounds. They range from family-friendly KOAs (Kampgrounds of America), with their swimming pools, playgrounds, camping cabins and dog parks; to luxury “glamping” resorts like AutoCamps in Guerneville and Santa Barbara, where DogTrekkers can overnight in shiny Airstream trailers. And there are many choices in between. more »

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Emergency Services

El Dorado County Animal Services - Lost Dogs
6435 Capitol Ave.
Diamond Springs, California 95619
Phone: (530) 621-5795

Shingle Springs Emergency Veterinary Clinic
4211 Sunset Ln.
Shingle Springs, California 95682
Phone: (530) 677-0390


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