El Dorado County, at the heart of California’s Gold Rush country, connects Sacramento, California’s capital, with the State of Nevada. Located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, El Dorado County is the gateway to the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe.
Our western border with Sacramento County is characterized by its rolling oak-covered foothills. Travelling eastward, the elevation increases, first gradually to Placerville, the County Seat, at an elevation of about 2,000 feet, then more rapidly through the mountains; the peaks of some of these mountains exceed 10,000 feet in elevation. Lake Tahoe, at an elevation of 6,500 feet, is on the eastern border.
Within the borders are great rivers, lakes, gold mines, historic towns, vineyards, ranches, and breathtaking scenery, and a friendly environment offering a multitude of opportunity. Adventure is never far off with mountain trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking; and the canyons of the American River with white-water rafting, kayaking, excellent fishing, and so much more.