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The small California town of Colfax has gone by many names in its short history. Since it was first settled in the mid-19th century, it has been called Alder Grove, Alden Grove, Upper Coral, and Illinoistown, before finally becoming Colfax. The town was officially incorporated in 1910 and was named for the Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax.

Colfax has thrived for most of its history due to its excellent location and good fortune. The Transcontinental Railroad was first built to go straight through the town, making it an important railway stop early on. The historic U.S Route 40 also connected Colfax to the outside world for many years, before Interstate 80 was built. Now Colfax is located about halfway between Sacramento, the state capital of California, and Reno in Nevada. Not far from the city, and only a short drive to the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains makes Colfax an awesome place to rent an RV. Get a taste of the old west when you visit this lovely town in beautiful Northern California.

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California is blessed with ethereal beauty in every direction, as well as some of the largest wilderness areas in the country. Colfax is a suitable place to rent an RV because it is easy to get in and out of town on Interstate 80. Additionally, there are countless recreation areas and parks to spend your time at while you take a vacation away from home. Folsom Lake, for instance, is a short drive south in your Colfax RV rental, and home to several camping areas, parks, and reserves. Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is one of the better-known places to visit on the lake, with lots of hiking trails and beautiful meadows of wildflowers. You can swim in the lake, go fishing in a boat or from the shores, and camp out along the lake in your Colfax motorhome rental. Lake Oroville is another large lake to the north, with tons of recreation space much like Folsom Lake. Loafer Creek, Potters Ravine, Craig, and Foreman Creek are just a few of the many recreation areas along the lake, where camping and hiking are encouraged.

Tahoe National Forest is no more than a 20-minute drive east of town, and a fabulous place to find yourself after you rent an RV in Colfax and want to venture off into the woods. Nearly 900,000 acres comprise this incredible forest in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with towering mountain peaks, massive lakes, and much more. You can see giant sequoia trees while hiking through the forest, which happen to be some of the largest trees on the planet. Lake Tahoe is one of the largest lakes in the country, with crystal clear water and exceptional swimming, boating, and fishing.

Yosemite National Park is 180 miles south of Colfax, but worth a visit if you feel like seeing a staple of the American park system. Yosemite is one of the most popular parks in the world with over five million guests each year. It is a testament to California’s stunning scenery, with massive rock faces for rock climbers of all experience levels to try. There are spectacular hidden waterfalls and lush evergreen forests throughout the park, with some of the best campgrounds you could ever hope to stay at with your Colfax camper rental.

RV Parks to Visit

Northern California was practically made for camping so the last thing you should do is panic when thinking about where to stay when you book an RV in Colfax. Bear River Park & Campground is an option when it comes to camping, with tent sites, RV sites, and large group sites to share with friends and family. There are tons of hiking trails as well as a river to fish and swim in. Greenhorn Campground has an arcade for kids, a general store, a snack bar, several beaches on the Rollins Reservoir, and spacious, shaded campsites overlooking the water.

Dutch Flat RV Resort is close to Tahoe National Forest, with cabins, large pull-through sites, a camp store, a pool, gold panning tours, and it even has its own gas station to fuel up your Colfax camper rental. You can head to Folsom Lake, Lake Oroville, or Tahoe National Forest for numerous other public campgrounds that are more than suitable places to stay a night or two while enjoying the splendor of nature.

Around Town

Although it is not found within Napa or Sonoma Counties, there are lots of locally owned vineyards and breweries in and around the town of Colfax. The Mediterranean climate of the region makes for excellent growing conditions for grapes, so you can sample these local wines at wineries or at the vineyards themselves.

In the heart of Colfax, the Colfax Area Heritage Museum is run by caring volunteers who aim to preserve the history of their beloved town. There are informative displays and exciting exhibits packed into this small museum, with lots to be learned about the first railroads, the indigenous people of the area, and the settlers. There is a Schuyler Colfax Monument located in town, built for the man for whom the town is named. Colfax was sent by President Abraham Lincoln to meet with miners and railway builders out west and was largely responsible for the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in an effort to expand the country and connect every corner of it.

Empire Mine State Historic Park still stands as a tribute to one of the state’s most lucrative gold mines ever operated. There are over 300 miles of mine shafts, loads of historic buildings, a visitor center, and lots of helpful park rangers that enjoy teaching guests about the mine’s history.

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