The Eldorado National Forest is located in the eastern center part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Come Discover, Explore, and Enjoy!

Established in 1910, the Eldorado hosts over 2.1 million visitors each year. The Forest offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities to the forest visitor looking to explore, seek out new adventures, or revisit old memories. With over 80 developed campgrounds and picnic areas, hundreds of miles of roads and trails, multiple large lakes and reservoirs, innumerable miles of rivers and streams, great scenery, and an abundance of plant and wildlife, visitors can find a place or activity to suit them.

Leading the Eldorado

image of Laurence Crabtree, Eldorado National Forest Supervisor

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree


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Recent News


Sunset Campground Partial Closure

Sites 1-61 are temporarily closed due to nesting Bald Eagles. Follow the link above to read the Forest Closure Order. For a list of open campgrounds, check our Campground Status page.

Trailhead Fire

The Trailhead fire started on June 28 in the Middle Fork of the American River Canyon in Placer county. The fire is now in El Dorado County and on the Eldorado National Forest. Check our Inciweb fire website at the above link for more information.


2016 Fire Restrictions

As of July 21, wood and charcoal fires are restricted to designated recreation sites and other fire related activities are prohibited until the end of fire season. Forest order at link above.

Forest Service Vehicle and Equipment Auction

Opens Online Monday, July 25, 2016


SOFAR All Lands Cohesive Strategy

A collaborative project in the South Fork American River (SOFAR) watershed, involving communities, public and private timber, water, power, recreation, and protected species.

Quidazoic Fire Salvage Stewardship Project

The advertisement for the Quidazoic Fire Salvage Stewardship Project is available.