Nevada City: Festivals & Fall Foliage

NEVADA CITY IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR VIEWING FALL COLORS, in the leafy, Victorian neighborhoods surrounding the historic downtown and just outside of downtown. “Leaf peeping” venues near town include Hirschman’s Pond, redolent of a golden pond in New England; the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, honoring the contributions of native Nisenan; Independence Trail; the wild […]

Watch an epic ice fall at Yosemite Half Dome this month

“You’re walking on the Mirror Lake Loop trail, enjoying the sounds of Tenaya Creek flowing by when, suddenly, you hear a loud booming noise! Perhaps your first thought is “rockfall!” and you search the cliffs that surround you. Your eyes land on Half Dome and see the cause of the sound: snow and ice crashing […]

Our Wild & Scenic River

“I am foremost a person of the Yuba River Country in the Sierra Nevada.” —Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Gary Snyder Our region is known worldwide as home to Lake Tahoe, “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” as Mark Twain wrote in Roughing It. Tahoe is one of the oldest, deepest and purist lakes in the […]

Placer and Nevada County CA ranked tops in nation for recreation

WHETHER IT’S BIKING, HIKING, camping, swimming or picnicking, Placer and Nevada Counties are ranked among America’s 50 best counties for outdoor activities, according to a new survey. Placer County ranked #36, Nevada County ranked #47 and El Dorado ranked #49 in the nation, according to Niche, which runs a popular ranking and review site. The […]

Sierra Adventures: Get up and go

Spring in the Sierra is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors before the summer crowds. Some of our favorite places include: DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK A new Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center opens in June. The new visitor center will replace the existing Emigrant Trail Museum and will feature a state of […]

Visit the Pacifiic Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is a unique educational and recreational treasure and one of the finest trails anywhere in the world. The PCT reveals the West’s unique blend of environs and beauty. Untold thousands are deeply devoted to the trail. For many the PCT has become a way of life. Their stories are compelling and […]

Exploring Hope Valley

ALONG HISTORIC HWY. 88, THE route of pioneers such as John Fremont and Kit Carson, Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe is known for its scenic beauty and recreation. The valley is popular with fishermen and hikers in summer, leaf peepers in fall and skiers in winter. Tucked away on the valley’s eastern edge, Sorensen’s Resort […]

Busy holiday weekend expected in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park anticipates a busy Fourth of July weekend and Yosemite Park Rangers would like to remind visitors how to best enjoy summer weekends in the park On average, Yosemite sees nearly 4 million visitors annually; approximately 55 percent of those arrive during the summer and frequently on weekends. When visiting the Yosemite region, […]

Nevada County plans a Celebration of Trails for June 7

What: Celebration of Trails When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7 Where: Trail Fair Headquarters – Parking Lot, County of Nevada, Rood Center Cost: Free Bear Yuba Land Trust is teaming up with the community to host a number of guided outings on local trails in Nevada County for the annual “Celebration of […]

Tioga Road at Yosemite to open May 2: earliest opening in nearly 30 years

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon for all vehicular traffic. The average opening day dating back to 1980 has been May 27. The road last opened this early in 1987. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the […]

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