Welcome to historical El Dorado County! This is gold country — where the Gold Rush was born! Whether planning a vacation or just a day trip, El Dorado County welcomes you to enjoy the very best of California’s gold country. Visit the many historic mining towns, pioneer cemeteries, historic country inns, and museums. Whitewater rafting, hiking, swimming, 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 snow sporting pleasure. Stay in one of many comfortable hotels or bed and breakfast inns. Take home souvenirs from historic towns, choose from the area’s over 70 wineries or take advantage of one of the unique dining experiences El Dorado County has to offer. El Dorado County has a long tradition of agriculture dating to the gold rush of the 1800’s and continues to be proud of our rural atmosphere and agricultural history. Our members grow a wide variety of fruits, including cherries, berries, peaches, apples, pears, and oranges as well as wine grapes, flowers, Christmas trees and other agricultural products. Our members who operate wineries offer many award winning wines having flavor characteristics unique to the foothill appellations of El Dorado and Fair Play. Lake Tahoe is a unique and beautiful national treasure that also boasts a rich and colorful historical past. The Washoe Indians had been gathering at its shores for centuries when American explorers Kit Carson and John Fremont came upon it in 1844. The Lake Tahoe Basin was a summer gathering place for three tribes of these peaceful Indians, who considered the Lake to be a spiritual site and conducted sacred ceremonies on the South Shore.