Tahoe National Forest

Ramshorn Campground is located off of Highway 49, in the North Yuba River area west of Downieville. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the area, including hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle singletrack, hunting, fishing, and gold panning. This facility is operated and maintained by the Tahoe National Forest.

The campground offers several single-family sites, all of which are designated for tent camping only. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets are provided.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Ramshorn Campground is located on the steep slopes of the North Yuba River Valley between the Indian Valley Recreation Area and Downieville. The campground's two loops are situated among abundant blackberry bushes in a forest of cedar and fir trees. Shady oak trees are scattered around the upper loop.

Nearby Attractions

Ramshorn Campground is located along the Yuba Donner Scenic Byway (Highway 49) near many gold rush era historical sites and old mining towns such as Camptonville, Goodyears Bar, and Downieville. Many points of interest lie along Highway 49 and are part of the 49 miles of Highway 49 driving tour; look for interpretive signs and other historical sites along this tour route. Other attractions include the North Yuba River, Indian Valley Outpost, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Downieville, and a network of miles of multi use hiking, biking, and motorcycle singletrack.


A network of trails crisscrosses the surrounding area. The 5.8-mile Halls Ranch Trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, and motorized use. The Yuba River Trail can be accessed nearby at the Rocky Rest Trailhead. The North Yuba River offers swimming, floating, and rainbow trout fishing. The river is a popular destination for seasonal rafting, kayaking and tubing.

Changes & Cancellations

No Show Policy

A no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date (or for day-use facilities, by check-in time the day of arrival). 

* No-show customers are only recorded at staffed facilities. At most remote facilities, all customers are noted as automatically checked-in on the date of arrival.

* It is recommended that staffed facilities hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date.

* It is recommended that staffed facilities hold group day-use facilities until check-in time on the arrival date.

There is no change fee if a customer extends or shortens a reservation if the change includes dates from the original reservation. If they choose to depart early, they may forfeit some or all of the recreation fees. 

There is no change fee if the customer changes campsites that are the same price and on the same reservation dates in the same campground. If the campsite the customer is changing to has a price difference, the customer will be responsible for any additional fees or be provided with a refund, based on the price difference. 

Where recorded, no-show customers are assessed a $20.00 no-show fee and forfeit the first night's recreation fee for a campsite or forfeit the entire day-use recreation fee for a day-use facility. We recommend customers contact the facility if they are en route to their reservation but cannot make it by the check-in date. In these cases, no refund will be issued, but the facility can ensure that a "no-show" fee is not assessed.

Contact Information



Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: (530)478-6253

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From Downieville, take Highway 49 south for about 5.5 miles. The campground is on the right side of the highway.

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