About the American River Resort

The Premier Camping and RV Resort on the South Fork of the American River

Oak Canopies & Rushing Water

The American River Resort is a camping, RV and vacation rentals site nestled in a natural oak forest along the South Fork American River on Hwy 49 in Coloma, El Dorado County, California.

Camping, RVs, Cabins

30 wooded river-front acres on the American RiverClassic camping atmosphere for family camping and group camping. Play areas, free hot showers, fire pits and picnic tables in every site. We have 25 RV sites with full hookups and our vacation rentals include 6 riverside cabins.


American River Resort sits at the heart of local history. In 1848 gold was discovered a few hundred yards downstream, igniting the biggest gold rush in history and changing our nation’s course.

ARR’s history began in the early 1970s by daughter of George Burns and Gracie Allen, Sandra Luckman. The original structures still exist, and ARR has preserved their architectural and visual style. ARR’s current owners, long-time residents of the area, are avid whitewater rafters. The resort’s original name? Camp Coloma.

The American River

What sets American River Resort apart is its unique relationship to The American River and to the American River Canyon with its scenic locales and history. Conservation programs have kept the river pristine, preserving its “wildness” as California’s favorite whitewater river. Camping here lets you interact with the raw beauty and power of a major western river environment.

Four Seasons Appeal

Each season has its own appeal at American River Resort. Summer months are busiest, but other seasons are just as full of potential for great getaways. The resort is open year round. So is the region with all its history, attractions, arts events, wineries, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops—all within a short distance from us. Plan your next off-season traveling to include American River Resort with its vibrant and scenic surroundings.

Special Events

American River Resort hosts private and public events of all sorts. Weddings and receptions are spectacular here! Organizations and groups have held retreats, banquets, educational camps, reunions, mini-conferences and other types of gatherings. Outdoor event options include open multi-use spaces, kitchen and picnic area.