Fun Things to Do in Auburn CA

Auburn is one of the most popular California Gold Country visits because of its incredible downtown that looks like it is right out of the pages of book about the Old West. From the authentic shops and Auburn restaurant storefronts, to the statues commemorating miners and the state's gold history and lore, you owe it to yourself to visit this rich city with a heritage that lives today in the hearts & minds of the town's residents.

Raft the American River. Is there any better way to pass a summer day? Rafting the American River is a classic and can’t be missed.

Hit the open trails. There’s plenty to do outside and if hiking is up your alley, you’ll never run out of possibilities (no pun intended ;)). I love the trails next to the American River like Lake Clementine Trail or a day out at Hidden Falls.

Foresthill Bridge. The second highest bridge in the world upon its opening in 1973, the Auburn-Foresthill bridge is still among the 5 highest bridges in the United States. Although it is no longer even among the 65 highest bridges in the world, the 730 foot high green giant still has the distinction of being the world’s highest cantilever bridge. Ironically, the Auburn Foresthill bridge was built to cross a reservoir that never ended up being constructed! In the early 1970s, foundation work began on the 685 foot (209 meter) high Auburn dam east of Sacramento, California on the East Fork of the American River. Due to the huge reservoir that was expected to form behind it, engineers decided to reroute traffic across a tall bridge over the lake’s wide North Fork. After 3 years of construction, the huge cantilever span was opened in May of 1973. The dam, however, was permanently halted due to a series of unforeseen seismic studies, excessive cost overruns and other political and environmental concerns. While the bridge has become very useful to the small mountain communities in and around Foresthill, it ultimately would never have been financed without the planned reservoir.

Gold Country Rodeo (last weekend in April) The rodeo is held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California, in the McCann Stadium. The rodeo runs two days – both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. You won’t want to miss the pro bull riding, bronc riding, and team roping, to name just a few of the highlights of the rodeo program. So bring your family and friends and have some fun! We kick off the Gold Country Pro Rodeo celebration at 6 pm on Wednesday night at Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram with a dummy roping contest, food, and fun, followed by the Official Preparty on Friday night and the Offical Rodeo Party on Saturday.

Western States Endurance Run (last weekend in June) The Western States ® 100-Mile Endurance Run is the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race. Starting in Squaw Valley, California near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and ending 100.2 miles later in Auburn, California, Western States, in the decades since its inception in 1974, has come to represent one of the ultimate endurance tests in the world. Following the historic Western States Trail, runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn. In the miles between Squaw Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country beauty of Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice-cold waters of the main stem of the Middle Fork of the American River, and, during the latter stages, the historic reddish-brown-colored trails that led gold-seeking prospectors and homesteading pilgrims alike to the welcoming arms of Auburn.

Mandarin Festival. Celebrating 25 years of Mandarins in the Foothills, Save the dates Nov. 16 to 18, 2018, Auburn Fairgrounds. With over 200 vendors, 19 local mandarin growers, entertainment all day, Famous Mandarin Cocktails and Mandarin Beer.

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