Dog-friendly Camp Nauvoo

Camp Nauvoo

Photo courtesy of Camp Nauvoo
Photo courtesy of Camp Nauvoo

2200 Camp Nauvoo Rd.
Placerville, California 95667
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Local Phone: (916) 207-9441

Camp Nauvoo is a small (16 sites), family-owned campground near Placerville.

Entering its first full summer season with dog-friendly tent sites strung out along a post-card-pretty Sierra stream, Camp Nauvoo has actually been around for awhile, having started as a Mormon girls camp in the 1960s and passed to the Boy Scouts for a few years before being taken over by local residents Greg and Laurie Rose.

Besides dog-friendly, pitch-your-own tent sites, the camp offers unfurnished platform tents, a pair of plains Indian-style teepees and two luxury, safari-style “glamping” tents for those in your party who are unaccompanied by canines.

The comfy lodge has a fireplace, restrooms, showers and barbecue area, while a big fire circle serves as an evening gathering place. There’s also a children’s playground, volleyball courts and more than two miles of hiking trails on the 86-acre property. All sites are walk-in, but carts are provided to help transport your gear. Please keep your dog on a leash.

It is recommend that you pre-treat your dog with Advantage or similar topical flea and tick repellent 3 days prior to arrival.

Dog-friendly policies:

  • Breed restrictions: Friendly dogs are welcome at Camp Nauvoo
  • Other comments: Dogs must be leashed or crated at all times (this is strictly enforced). Dogs are allowed in the regular camping sites and are not allowed in the glamping tents.

Glamping - Photo Credit: AutoCamp
Glamping - Photo Credit: AutoCamp
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Photo Credit: @colby_1_kenobi
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