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SUNSET-UNION VALLEY, CA

part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SUNSET-UNION VALLEY
Status: Closed through Thu May 21 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Sunset Campground is situated on the shores of Union Valley Reservoir, among the towering cedar and ponderosa pines of Eldorado National Forest. Aptly named, the campground is a fantastic destination for colorful sunset views over the lake. All water activities are popular here, but it's also fun to bring a bike and explore the neighboring bike trail.

Eldorado includes the famed gold mining territory of the 1800s. Remnants of the days of the California Gold Rush can be found all around the region.

Natural Features:

Sunset Campground sits in the Crystal Basin at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Some sites are fully shaded while others sit in a meadow. The climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

Recreation:

On the water, sailing, boating and swimming are very popular. For hikers and bikers, the Union Valley Bike Trail and Bassi Falls Hiking Trail are great for exploring. Fishing in the lake includes rainbow, brown, mackinaw trout and kokanee salmon.

The bike trail connects with the campground, near the boat ramp, and stretches for 4.8 miles along the eastern shores of the lake.

Facilities:

The large campground has 131 single-unit sites including 30 tent-only spots. Amenities include a boat ramp with an accessible boarding dock, a paved parking area, dump station, vault toilets and drinking water. A swimming beach is also located onsite.

Nearby Attractions:

Venture to the nearby lake, Ice House Reservoir or hike up Twin Peaks to look down over Union Valley Reservoir.

A restaurant and general store are within 5 miles of the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fuel Available
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant
  • Sailing
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
Within 10 Miles
  • General Store
Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; precautions must be made to keep food away from camp site. There are no bear boxes in this area.
  • Fire restrictions may be enforced; call (530) 644-6048 for local information and conditions
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • There is a daily fee for pets
  • Limit one vehicle per campsite; a fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.86583, -120.405
38°51'57"N, 120°24'18"W

On Highway 50, east of Placerville, travel for 21 miles to the Icehouse Road turnoff on your left. Continue north for 16 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SUNSET-UNION VALLEY
ELDORADO
  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)293-0827
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