Primitive Camping in El Dorado County
More & more people are venturing off the beaten touristy path of Gold Country. Getting outta the developed campgrounds to discover the joys of dispersed back woods camping is a new adventure. With SUV ownership come some great rewards! Order a good map & go find some dirt roads. Waterfalls, secluded creekside camp sites & more await you. Obtaining a camp fire permit is manitory for this style of camping.
Discover the hidden back roads: like Caldor Road off of Grizzly Flat Rd. – up above Placerville CA
Hey, now this is what we’re talking about. Plenty great dispersed camping down by the Cosumnes River & Consumnes Mine Rd. There are hundreds of miles of small roads to discover back behind this historic mining area. Rivers, waterfalls & decent fishing too. Make sure you clean up some litter. This is the only price you pay for the beauty, serenity, peace & quiet & no neighbor campers next to you.
Out exploring these parts, you may run into a dead end road that peters out at some Private Property, which is usually signed & fenced. Make nice with the old crazy miner dude & turn your ass around politely, everything will be okay as soon as you are not within gun shot of him. Yes, there still are plenty of small time mining experts tucked away back here in the hills.
Premium and secluded river side camp sites in El Dorado National Forest
Plenty creeks and rivers run throughout this central Sierra region, so you can fish all day – until your hearts desire. River rafting and river kayaking opportunities are also great reasons to get wet. Several reservoirs around offer camping and boating too.
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