Discovering Gold Rush History: Coloma, CA

Where Dreams Turned to Gold

By Macaroni Kid Folsom Publisher & Editor March 23, 2024

Welcome to Coloma, California! This quaint little town is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills and offers a wide range of attractions and activities for visitors. From historic sites to great outdoor recreation, Coloma has something for everyone. Coloma is approximately 14 miles from Folsom, and the driving time is typically around 25-30 minutes, depending on the specific route and traffic conditions.

One of the most popular attractions near Coloma is Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Your family can learn about the history of gold discovery in California and explore the remains of Sutter’s Mill. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon, and if you’re lucky, you might find a few pieces of gold on your own!

Coloma is a great destination if you and your family love the outdoors. The nearby South Fork American River offers some of the best white water rafting and kayaking in the state (I will post soon about our experience rafting down the river). You can also enjoy many hiking and biking trails in the area.

If you’re looking for a relaxing day trip, Coloma is the perfect spot. Spend the day touring local wineries, browsing art galleries, or visiting historic sites like the old Coloma Jail. There’s plenty to do and see here.

There is an amazing campground right across the old bridge. Coloma Resort is ready for everyone. From cabins and full hookup RV sites to tent sites by the river, they have accommodations to fit solo campers, couples, families and large groups! 

So grab some snacks, your family and experience the warmth and beauty of Coloma, California. Whether you’re looking for a cultural experience or an outdoor adventure, there’s something for everyone in this small charming town.

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