Ponderosa RV Resort

Lotus, california
Open: Year Round

Visiting Ponderosa RV Resort will take you back to the California Gold Rush days. The resort itself is filled with wildlife and borders the south fork of the American River, where gold is still panned today. The Gold Discovery State Park is right down the road. It offers a working replica of Sutter's Mill as well as a museum and interesting demonstrations of life back in the days when gold was first discovered. Relax under the pines, take a kayak or raft trip down the river, or travel through the surrounding countryside, which contains many historic sites that are open to the public.



General store and taqueria, picnic tables, WiFi, activity center with pool table, pool, horseshoes, bocce ball, honey wagon available 2 days weekly (see ranger for details), fishing on the river (Apr-Nov), kayak and river rafting trips, pan for gold along the river (summer only), recreational programming.


Fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, snow-skiing, casino, wineries, Sutter's Mill and Museum (1 mi), James Marshall Cabin (1 mi), Placerville (9 mi), Lake Tahoe (70 mi), Reno and Carson City (2 hrs).


Pets must be on a leash and are not allowed in indoor facilities. No pets in or around rental units. Firearms are not permitted. Pet units available.


Reservations required for RV sites and may be made up to 60 days in advance through RPI's Central Reservations Office. Rental reservations required by calling resort directly up to 14 days in advance. 2 night minimum required. No reservations accepted during major holiday weekends. $50 deposit required to hold reservations. $32 no show fee unless RV reservation is canceled within 24 hours in advance of arrival. 7 day notice required for rental cancellations or member is charged full price.


Cancel at least 2 days prior to avoid a $32 no show fee. No refunds will be issued for early check out. If a rental unit reservation is cancelled at least 7 days prior to arrival, an administrative fee of $25 will be charged prior to refunding any advance deposit. Otherwise the full stay will be charged.


Take Hwy 50 from Sacramento toward Placerville. 9 miles before Placerville, take Ponderosa Rd exit at Shingle Springs, left over freeway, and turn right on the first road on right (North Shingle Rd) until Jct with Hwy 49. Turn left and cross bridge to resort on right.


Ponderosa RV Resort
7291 State Hwy 49
Lotus, CA 95651
For Member Mail:
General Delivery
Lotus, CA 95651
GPS: 38.808566,-120.903438


Full: 20   Partial: 112   Dry: 0 Tent: 11
Maximum RV Length: 40 ft.
Electricity: 30/50 amps
Water: at site
Sewage: at dump station
Honey wagon available Monday and Thursday.


Cedar cabins, sleeps 4

Hideaway cabins, sleeps 5

New cabins, sleeps 5

Call for pricing.

Linens provided by resort.

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.