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Ponderosa Resort

45 miles from Sacramento

7291 Hwy 49
Lotus, CA 95651
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Located on Highway 49, midway between Placerville and Auburn, this resort is a classic! Imagine the South Fork American River running through your front yard and the golden color of the Sierra foothills reflecting off your sunglasses. In addition to a swimming beach, there are several places along the river for rafters and kayakers to launch their watercraft. A sparkling swimming pool and a clubhouse (complete with recreation hall) are great places for families to gather, and a general store and cafe provide comfort and convenience to campers.



Campsites: 136 hook-ups - Rentals: 4 trailers, 2 cabins, 2 Hideaway cabins, 2 Getaway cabins


Bocce Ball, Clubhouse, Deli, Discounted River Rafting, Espresso Bar, General Store, Horseshoe Pits, Picnic Area, Recreation Hall, River Frontage, Swimming Beach, Swimming Pool, Volleyball Court, Wi-Fi Access

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GPS Coordinates: N 38° 48' 31.86"
W 120° 54'12.84" ; elevation is 798 ft.

From Highway 50 (Big Rig-Friendly Option): Shingle Springs lies between Cameron Park and Placerville. Take the Ponderosa Road exit and go to the north side of Hwy 50, where you will find North Shingle Road (to the right just after you cross the bridge over Hwy 50). Follow North Shingle Road for several miles and it will turn into Lotus Road. Lotus Road ends at Hwy 49 in Coloma. Turn left, cross the bridge, and we're on the right, just across the river.

From Auburn: From I-80, take the Hwy 49 exit and head south 14 miles. Ponderosa will be on the left just before Coloma. The park entrance requires a broad left turn into the parking lot. PLEASE NOTE - This route is not recommended for RVers, because Hwy 49 has several sharp curves and hills to manage. And, it is difficult for RVs to make the left turn into the resort safely because there is no left turn lane, traffic does not yield, and you have to swing wide to negotiate the turn.


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* Plus applicable taxes. Restrictions on use are explained in our frequently asked questions. If you purchase a single Zone Park Pass for $545 before September 19, 2014, you may add a second Zone to your Zone Park Pass at no charge (a $795 value). You may choose to pay the $545 annual fee in 12 monthly installments, provided that you commit to a two year agreement. The single Zone Camping Pass includes use of all of the RV resorts in one of five zones, for one year. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Usage is subject to length of stay restrictions. The Zone Camping Pass is offered by MHC Thousand Trails Limited Partnership, an affiliate of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc., Two North Riverside Plaza, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Members and employees of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. and its affiliates are excluded from this promotion. Residents of MN, MS, and SD are also excluded from this Promotion. This advertising is being used for the purpose of soliciting sales of resort campground memberships. This document has been filed with the Department of Licensing, State of Washington, as required by Washington law. Value, quality, or conditions stated, and performance on promises are the responsibility of the operator, not the Department. The filing does not mean that the Department has approved the merits or qualifications of any registration, advertising, or any gift, prize or item of value as part of any promotional plan. Amenities vary by property. Read our Privacy Policy.