Adventures in the Sierra Nevadas

Let’s Start Your Adventure Here! Make the American River Resort your basecamp for adventures in the Sierra Nevadas. The 40-acre Resort is nestled along the South Fork of the American River, 45 munites north of Sacramento and just south of Lake Tahoe. Escape the Bay Area and a short two and a half hour drive later you could be river rafting down Class 3 rapids with your family or enjoying a relaxing afternoon wine tasting with your friends. Located in the gold rush town of Coloma, the American River Resort is close to world class adventures like the Rubicon Trail, fantastic fishing on the Middle Fork American and epic mountain bike trails. The Gold Rush of 1848 started here are the James Marshal Gold Discovery State Park, only a 5-minute walk from the Resort. Enjoy a morning hike at Cronan Ranch and afternoon float down the Coloma to Greenwood section of the river. There are tons of fun things do in our area, which is why so many world travellers call this area home.


whitewater rafting

The Resort is ideally located on the South Fork of the American River. It is the epicenter for whitewater rafting in the Coloma Valley, with several trips departing at various times daily.


rubicon jeep trips

The World’s Most Famous Jeep Trail, the Rubicon Trail, is located just a few miles from the Resort. Start planning your Rubicon Trail Adventure with us!


wine tasting

We are located in the heart of El Dorado Wine Country, which hosts more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms! Come explore some of California’s most sophisticated wines.



One of the region’s best kept secrets! Our river is a gem for fishermen. From catch-and-release fishing in our private pond to raft-based wilderness fly-fishing, you can experience it all right here.


gold discovery

Start your Gold Rush discovery here. Located within walking distance to the Historic James Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, the Resort is a perfect base for your gold history exploration!


mountain biking

We are located a few miles from endless Mountain Biking trails in Auburn, Forest Hill Divide, Cronan Ranch and Folsom Lake at Salmon Falls. We have everything from legendary single-track to bomber terrain for biking enthusiasts of all skill levels!



Base yourself with the comforts of the Resort and explore the most popular trails in the Sierra Nevadas. Enjoy miles of hikes along our rivers and pristine mountain lakes!


California History Field Trips

This is where Gold History comes alive! Explore California history, arts and culture as they come alive for students through the exploration of the state’s past, present and future.


River Tubing

Go with the flow as you float down the American River! The Resort is perfectly located for tubing. Launch right below the Trouble Maker Rapid and float in the current to Henningsen Lotus Park.