Family Explorations in Tuolumne County

By Mackenzie Rodgers | 03/06/2019 | Attraction - deleted 5-20-19, Exploring Tuolumne County, Family, Gold Panning, History - deleted 6/19/19, Outdoor Adventure, Parks - 6/19/19, Yosemite National Park

Tuolumne County is an all-season destination for family fun. Make historic discoveries in Gold Country, plan a mountain adventure in the High Sierra, and visit the iconic Yosemite National Park all while enjoying the affordable lodging accommodations the area has to offer. Get started on planning your thrilling family getaway with these three adventures!

Experience Historic Tradition in a New Way

Take a day trip back in time to the old west at Columbia State Historic Park. This authentic town has the largest collection of Gold Rush-era brick buildings in California. Here, you’ll find stagecoach rides, a working blacksmith shop, a tea house, and gold panning. Immerse your family in the spirit of Gold Country with some old fashioned gold panning. Take a quick lesson from a seasoned prospector, then put your skills to the test to see who can find the most gold. Top your session off with a stop at the St Charles Saloon for delicious pizza and locally made sarsaparilla.

Boating on a High Sierra Lake

Summer vacations are best spent at the lake, and Pinecrest is a destination like no other. With lodging, campingdining, and shopping just a short walk from the shore, you’ll enjoy the fresh air and good vibes of this little mountain town. Hit the Lake-Loop Trail Hike, or take a trip out on the water with a boat rental from the Pinecrest Lake Marina. With affordable rates and friendly staff, taking a motor boat/ pontoon boat/ or paddle boat out on the water will be the authentic experience your family will remember for summers to come.

Hike Among Giants in Yosemite

Do you believe in giants? Immerse yourself in the wonder of a a quieter Yosemite National Park gem. Hike 2.5 miles round-trip to an awe-inspiring grove of real-life giants at Tuolumne Grove. These ancient giant sequoia trees continue to thrive in the unique environment of Yosemite. View them up close and personal, and even walk through one of them. This grove is a great place to avoid the crowds and experience living history with the whole family.Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias


Seasonal: Hit the High Sierra Slopes

The best snow day ever awaits in Tuolumne County’s High Sierra at Leland High Sierra Snowplay and Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Pick your tube, and head for the hill! A simple tow will take you to the top, then it’s up to you which way you sled down. There’s several beautifully groomed runs that will keep the kids (and the parents) busy for hours. Need a break? Take a cozy seat by the fireplace in the Lodge, order a hot chocolate or some quick snacks, and watch the winter views from the warm indoors. Hit the slopes at the nearby Dodge Ridge Ski Resort. Family owned and loved since 1950, this mountain has it all. Take lessons and hit the snow skiing for an unforgettable adventure like snow-other.


In the winter, Tuolumne County’s mountain roads can be subject to chain controls. Stay updated on the most current road conditions with CalTrans.

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