Gold was discovered in nearby Jamestown in 1848. Within months,
Sonora was a cosmopolitan and often lawless community composed of
migrants from around the world. Many miners settled in Sonora as
they worked their way along treasure laden creeks and tunneled under
countless hillsides. Sonora has retained its historic ambiance and
walking along the downtown streets today
is like a visit to an era that never loses its charm. See
Jamestown Gold Panning for a hands on experience!
The spectacular beauty of Yosemite is a “must see” for
visitors, and Yosemite Park entrance is only 45 minutes from Sonora.
Y explore Yosemite
Adventures - Professionally guided hiking tours and
photography workshops in Yosemite National Park. Custom tours are
available to individuals, groups, and families of all ages and experience
Big Trees State Park
Along with two magnificent groves of giant sequoias, the park features
over 6,000 acres of pine forest on both sides of the Stanislaus
Columbia State Historic Park
This park is known as the best preserved Gold rush town in California.
Panning for gold, riding a trail aboard a stagecoach, seeing a full-scale
production at the restored theatre all make the “wild west”
Ridge Ski Area
Downhill, cross-country skiers and snow boarders, as well as snowshoe
enthusiasts are drawn to Tuolumne County every winter. There are
12 lifts, with a capacity to serve 15,700 skiers per hour. We have
ski packages for you. Click below for additional ski information.
- Bear Valley
Cross Country Skiing
Golf Course is in Copperopolis, only 25 minutes from Sonora.
Springs Golf Club, designed by Robert Muir Graves is minutes
away from our inn. There are seven in Tuolumne County, including
Creek, with varied degrees of challenge. We can put a package
together for you with golf, dining, etc.
Moaning Cavern contains a chamber large enough to hold the Statue
of Liberty! In this and California Cavern there are walking tours,
adventure trips, mining, and picnicking. A helpful link: www.caverntours.com
Gold Country Bicycle Tours is the only bike touring company located
and specializing in biking in California's historic Sierra Nevada
Black Oak Casino open 24 hours a day is only 15 minutes from Sonora.