Camping and Lodging along the river under a starry sky.


Anyone you ask has a different reason for camping. Some like to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. Some families go camping to revitalize their relationships away from all the distractions at home. Many youth organizations teach young people how to build a fire, pitch a tent, or read a compass. Camping traditions are often passed on from generation to generation. Some of you who camped as children now camp as parents and grandparents, passing on an appreciation for time spent outdoors. Camping means different things to different people, but it is well established that mental health improves when one spends time outdoors. Face-to-face conversations replace personal technological devices for entertainment. And these shared experiences when camping shape the memories that make up life-long relationships. Camping is a great time to get back to the basics, without life’s daily distractions. 

The American River Resort is a spectacular property set amongst almost 30 acres of oak trees rising along the South Fork of the American River. The Resort property offers various camping options, from spacious platform cabin tents set along the river to the more primitive tent sites amongst the trees, from full hook up RV sites to deluxe river cabins with bedrooms, bathrooms, and air conditioning. The Resort offers a wide range of camping options, so you can choose your level of camping or glamping comfort while experiencing all the area has to offer.

The American River Resort is located in the historic Gold Rush town of Coloma. The Resort property is only a short 10-minute walk from where gold was discovered in the South Fork American River by James Marshal on January 24th, 1848. The Resort is also less than an hour drive from Sacramento and only a few hours drive from the Bay Area, making it an ideal getaway for you to recharge and reconnect. If you plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, the Resort is on the way from the Coast, right on Hwy 49. The Resort is also centrally located between Hwy 50 and Interstate 80 on the way to the Lake Tahoe or the Truckee/Reno area.

Once you are at the Resort, you will find the area offers many activities, from high adventure to ultimate relaxation. You can spend your days exploring James Marshall Gold Discovery Park or jumping on a whitewater rafting adventure on one of the most popular rivers in the country. You can spend time fishing along the banks of the South Fork or teach your kids to fish in the stocked pond. Set up a chair in the many natural pools along the river, or jump on your inner tube and head off on a mellow float. Use the Resort as your basecamp while exploring the Rubicon Trail and the many high country lakes in the Desolation Wilderness. Enjoy the numerous world-class mountain biking and hiking trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area and trails in the El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests. You can also spend the day wine tasting at dozens of the wineries in El Dorado and Amador Counties, all within a 30-40 minute drive from the American River Resort.

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River View Camping

Camping near flowing river water will rejuvenate and inspire you. The Resort is uniquely located along the river banks of the South Fork American River at the famous Troublemaker Rapid.


Mountain View Camping

Camp under a million stars with magical views of Mt. Murphy. Enjoy spacious campsites under a canopy of oak trees with free parking at your site.


Large Group Camping

Group camping is easy, convenient and fun. Our dedicated group sites or combination of sites can easily accommodate 24 to 300 campers. Special group rates apply for 24 or more.


River View Cabins

Offering great river views, these cabins are set further back and slightly higher up from the river. Sit out on the deck or easily access the river just a short walk away.


River Front Cabins

These cabins are located along the South Fork with unobstructed views of the river and the famous Troublemaker Rapid. Lounge on the spacious deck watching rafters and kayakers run the rapid.


Deluxe River Front Cabin

The most spectacular cabin on the American River! Enjoy unsurpassed views of the river and Troublemaker Rapid from a large wrap-around deck and private yard in a secluded setting.


River Front Platform Cabin Tent

A unique glamping alternative to traditional tent camping. With convenience and comfort, these spacious river front cabin tents are set up and ready for you to move in, relax and enjoy.


RVs & Trailers

The perfect stop on your next California Gold Country RV Adventure. Unlike in traditional RV parks, our spacious sites are nestled amongst oak trees with views of the river, the pond or Mt. Murphy.


Tent & Camping Rentals

Want to go camping but don’t have the equipment? We will provide and set up select camping equipment based on your needs. Pampered camping at its best!