23223 Italian Bar Rd.
Columbia, CA 95310
209-532-49RV (4978)

Slide Come and unwind Slide enjoy peaceful evenings Slide roast marshmallows Slide learn how to pan for gold

COVID-19 update

We are excited to announce we are open for camping. We can now take reservations!

We will be following the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing; we have put up Sanitizing Stations around the common areas for our guests to use, and will be offering remote check-in. If you are ready to get away, give us a call, and let’s get your reservation on the books!

Before your arrival here, we are asking everyone to please self-check for fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have any symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, we will have to reschedule your visit.

Old Ranch Hospitality Since 1852

The 49er RV Ranch is a destination campground located in the foothills of Gold Country between Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, and Sacramento.

Merced Roaming Elks Group Photo 10Whether this is your first experience at the 49er RV Ranch, or another of many, venturing out into our local and surrounding areas, provides a taste of the wonderful flavors and cultures that are so abundant in the Sierra foothills. The Ranch is proud to guarantee twice as much to enjoy as you have time for.

History abounds in the nearby Mother Lode communities of Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown, Murphy’s, and you can celebrate Mark Twain’s famous Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in Angels Camp. Plan a day trip to Yosemite National Park, breath taking Lake Tahoe, or California’s State Capitol of Sacramento.

Attractions – Columbia State Historic Park (a preserved living gold rush town, twice declared our honorary State Capitol), Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (steam train rides and museum), Calaveras Big Trees State Park with its grove of Giant Sequoias, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, 3 Live Theaters , 12 Wineries, Black Oak Casino gaming, World-Class skiing (2) and a 10 screen Movie Theater.

Golf – The Ranch Campground has 8 nearby, easy to challenging, golf courses, with either 9 or 18 holes.

Fishing – The 49er offers numerous Lakes nearby including: New Melones, Pinecrest and Don Pedro Lakes for fly, shore, or boat fishing. And too many fishing rivers and streams to list.

Camp Store – The ranch camp store offers an assortment of Camping, RV supplies, Food, and Souvenirs.

Full Hookup’s – All Sites have full hookup’s with 30/50 amp electric, water, and sewer. Along with wireless Internet and 30 channel Cable TV.

And, of course, the very special and peaceful ambiance and hospitality 49er Ranch Camping has provided since 1852. In 1852, camping was for the overflow of covered wagons (a 49er RV) searching for Columbia’s bonanza of placer gold. Share bragging rights that you camped in California’s oldest and best campground in the Gold Country.

Featured On TV

Huell Howser visits the 49er RV Ranch on “California’s Gold”.


Nickel Coffee

Stop by the Gazebo in the mornings and afternoons and enjoy a nickel cup of coffee. Our hospitality host will be happy to help you plan your day and provide you with directions and tips so that you experience the very best of what the Mother Lode offers.