Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 4020
Sonora, CA 95370
Fax: (209) 533-0956
- Black Oak
- (877) 747-8777,
19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne, CA 95379
The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk owns and operates Black Oak
Casino, a new entertainment facility which houses 600 slot
machines, table games, and restaurant and bar.
Rancheria Casino and Hotel
- (209) 223-1677,
(800) 822-WINN (9466)
12222 New York Ranch Rd., P.O. Box 1390, Jackson, CA
Less than 1 hour north of Sonora! All the excitement of
casino gambling, high stakes bingo, and the indulgence of
luxuriously appointed lodging and dining. Open 24 hours, 7
days a week.
- Mercer Caverns
- (209) 728-2101
Sheep Ranch Road, P.O. Box 509, Murphys, CA 95247
California Point of Historical Interest #004. "The
Showplace of the Sierras", since 1885. Follow the signs
from downtown Murphys. Summer hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8:30
p.m., Memorial Day through September 30. Winter hours:
October through May, Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Moaning Caverns
- (209) 736-2708,
(800) 225-3764, x211
Parrott's Ferry Road, P.O. Box 78, Vallecito, CA 95251
California's largest underground room with the
historic 100-foot spiral staircase. 45-minute tour, the
Rappel (a 180-foot decent), or a 3-hour wild cavern
adventure, Nature Trail, gold and gemstone mining, nature
gift shop, and picnicking. Open daily all year. School
program and Corporate Team Building available.
- Columbia State
- (209) 532-4301
Main Street, Columbia, CA 95310
Known as the best-preserved Gold Rush town in
California. Special events throughout the year. A living
Gold Rush town. You don't just view history, you experience
it. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Museum and Library
- (209) 962-0300
18990 Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321
Since opening in mid-February 2001, the Groveland
Yosemite Gateway Museum has been featuring changing displays
primarily reflecting local human history. The Kenneth Friend
Theatre screens local history videos. The Museum store sells
a variety of items for both children and adults, mostly of
an educational nature, including books on local history. The
Groveland Library can be reached at (209) 962-6144.
- Military Museum
- (209) 533-0923
9 N. Washington, Sonora, CA 95370
Located at Sonora Veterans Memorial Hall. Military
artifacts from Tuolumne County veterans. Memorabilia,
photos, medals, rare plaque from Spanish-American War. Open
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.
- New Melones
Lake Visitors Center and Museum
- (209) 536-9094
6850 Stud Horse Flat Road
8 miles north of Sonora on Highway 49. Open daily from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General information on recreation
facilities, museum displays on natural and cultural history,
on-going public programs. Sponsored by Department of
Interior and Bureau of Reclamation.
- Railtown 1897
State Historic Park
- (209) 984-3953
5th Ave. & Reservoir Road, P.O. Box 1250,
Jamestown, CA 95327
- Seasonal steam
train rides and year-round Round House tours! Operated by
the California State Railroad Museum, this 26-acre steam
locomotive facility offers excursion train rides every
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through
November. Guided tours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily
except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.
- St. James
- (209) 532-7644
Parish behind The Red Church, Washington and Snell
History room open weekdays except, Monday. This
building dates back to 1859 and is one of the Mother Lode's
most photographed and painted buildings.
- Tuolumne County
Museum and History Center
- (209) 532-1317
158 W. Bradford Ave., Sonora, CA 95370
The largest museum in the Mother Lode, housed in the
old Sonora Jail. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday through
Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays,
- Tuolumne City
- (209) 928-3516
Carter Street and Bay Avenue ,Tuolumne, CA
One of the County's newest museums. Open Saturday and
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
- Columbia State
- (209) 532-0150
22708 Broadway Street, Columbia, CA 95310
Best Preserved gold rush town in the Mother Lode. Open
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Railtown 1897
State Historic Park
- (209) 984-3953
5th Avenue and Reservoir Road, P.O. Box 1250,
Jamestown, CA 95327
Seasonal steam train rides and year-round Round House
tours! Operated by the California State Railroad Museum,
this 26-acre steam locomotive facility offers excursion
train rides every Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
April through November. Guided tours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m., daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.
- Camping: (800)
Info and Roads: (209) 372-0200
P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389
Highway 120 offers the shortest route into Yosemite
National Park from the San Francisco Bay area and
Sacramento. Yosemite Valley is open year-round and the
beautiful Tioga Pass over the summit is usually open June -
October or November (depending on the snowfall). Yosemite
Valley is internationally known for its spectacular vistas,
waterfalls, giant Redwood trees, and pristine wilderness
History Theater Festival
- (209) 532-9177
Beginning in 2002, the Duende: Drama & Literature,
Inc. presented its first festival of plays exploring
California's rich history. Playing at Stage 3, CHTF offered
plays on the Chinese and the Central Pacific, Mark Twain and
Bret Harte, and the Gold Rush era.
- Mountain Actors
- (209) 532-0345
Offers concerts, a summer theatre training program for
children, live radio dramas, and theater performances.
- (209) 532-3120
East Sonora and Columbia State Historic Park
Professional theatre producing classic and contemporary
plays. Resident and guest artists.
- Stage 3 Theater
- (209) 536-1778
Innovative theatre and cutting-edge plays
- Victoria Saloon
at Sonora Days Inn
- (209) 588-0400
160 S. Washington, Sonora CA 95370
Karaoke entertainment 7 days a week by Dream Star Music
Productions. Finest nightclub anywhere in Tuolumne County.
Specialty drinks, singing, and dancing with your friends.
The best place for a night out for fun!
- Hidden Treasure
Gold Mine Tours and Matelot Gold Mine Supply
- (209) 532-9693
Main Street, P.O. Box 28, Columbia, CA 95310
Take a tour through a real working hardrock gold mine,
still producing gold today! We also teach gold panning,
beginners and children our specialty. Mining relics and gold
for sale. Spring and summer; 10 - 5 daily. Call for winter
Creek Carriage Co.
- (209) 533-2599,
Many styles of carriages and wagons elegantly drawn by
beautiful and powerful Belgian Draft horses. Gold Rush
carriage tours are 1/2-hour interpretive tour of Sonora.
Educational field trips at historic Knights Ferry in the
spring and fall. Enjoy December evenings with Victorian
Christmas carriage rides through Columbia Historic State
- Sierra Railroad
- (800) 866-1690
220 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale, CA 95361
First-class dinner trips, brunches, murder mysteries,
wild west shows, dance trips, rail & raft trips,
Christmas trips. Labor Day Weekend features the Iron Horse
Round-up railroad festival. Trips board in Oakdale every
weekend throughout the year.
Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
- (559) 683-7273
56001 Yosemite Hwy., 41 Fish Camp, CA 93623
Narrow-gauge steam train near Yosemite National Park
with excursion through the Sierra National Forest. Moonlite
specials, outdoor melodramas, Thornberry Museum, Sugar Pine
Trading Company Bookstore, Station Gift Shop, Gold Panning,
and food service.
- Calaveras Wine
- (209) 736-6722,
(800) 225-3764, x25
P.O. Box 2492, Murphys, CA 95247
Just a short 30-minute drive from Sonora, the 11 unique
Calaveras wineries offer a casual, unhurried pace and step
back in time. Calaveras County wines continue a century-old
tradition of award-winning merit.
Mountain Brow Winery and Vineyards
- (209) 532-1261
10850 Mt. Brow Road, Sonora, CA 95370. Mail: P.O. Box
220, Columbia, CA 95310
Family-owned and -operated. The grape varietals grown
are Sangiovese, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
- Gold Mine
Winery/Old Stamp Mill Brewery and Crab Pot
- (209) 532-3089
22265 Parrots Ferry Rd., Columbia, CA 95310
Features free wine and beer tasting, 7 days a week,
with live seafood and live music on weekends. Weddings,
banquets, and catering available.
- (209) 728-1251
1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys, CA 95247
Complimentary tours include an art gallery, lakeside
park, aging caverns, wine production, landscaped gardens,
amphitheater, restored Alhambra Theatre pipe organ, and
Museum with a 44-pound crystalline gold leaf specimen.
Complimentary wine tastings, gourmet deli, and fine gifts.
Open 10-5 daily.
- Sonora Winery &
- (209) 532-7878
17500 Route 5, P.O. Box 242, Sonora, CA 95370
Nationally recognized for production of outstanding
port-style wines: Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blanc. Bring your
lunch and enjoy the peaceful picnic areas. Wine tasting
weekends, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekdays by appointment.
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