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Situated in the scenic pine woods of the Sierra Nevada foothills, 26 miles away from Nevada City and 30 miles away from Colfax, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park protects over 3,000 acres of land. The park is also home to one of the biggest hydraulic gold mines in the state, which makes it an embodiment of a California Gold Rush history lesson.

Blair Lake, hiking trails, volcanic rocks, and diverse wildlife and vegetation make the park one of the favorite places for RV campers, mountaineers, anglers, geologists, and ecologists. Another interesting fact about the park is that the surrounding area used to be the home of the Nisenan tribe, which was tragically ravaged by the malaria epidemic back in 1833, and by the Gold Rush in 1848. Today, only a small number of Nisenan descendants are still alive.

Those camping in an RV Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park will want to explore the nearby area as well. No motorhome? No problem. Book an RV in Nevada County and start planning your getaway in the Golden State. Remember to be careful, as black bears, coyotes, mountain lions, and bobcats all roam the park at night. Park officials will be able to advise you on how to handle those encounters, but make sure to store all food and scented items in a vehicle or food locker.

Getting Outdoors

With scenic foothill trails that spread over 20 miles and with different levels of difficulty, hiking at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is one of the most popular activities for campers. As trails cater to all types of hikers, you should definitely dedicate one day to hiking as it's the best way to soak in the beauty of the park. These trails can be used for biking as well, so bring your bike and cover more ground. Just remember to watch out during your hikes, as there are both poison oak and rattlesnakes throughout the park.

Camping at Malakoff Diggins State Park offers the chance to be a part of different interpretive programs. These are great learning opportunities for both children and adults. The programs are guided tours through historic landmarks, and the kids are sure to love the park's scavenger hunt program. These programs are typically available from April to June and from September to mid-November.

Thanks to Blair Lake and South Yuba River, fishing at Malakoff Diggins State Park is really entertaining. The lake is packed with black bass, rainbow trout, and bluegill, whereas the river is a great location to fish for brown and rainbow trout. Guests who are 16 years or older are required to have a valid fishing license.

Camping at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Camping at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is primitive, with 30 sites at Chute Hill and three miner’s cabins located in North Bloomfield. Even though there are no hookups, there are still plenty of amenities to ensure you have a pleasant stay, like a fire ring, food locker, and picnic table. Make sure your RV rental is less than 24 feet.

Another important thing to note is that the nearest dump station is near Nevada City, but the park does have drinking water and flush toilets. The campgrounds are also pet-friendly, as long as your pal is well-behaved and on a leash.

Exploring the Area

If you consider yourself a trainspotter, make time during your motorhome camping trip to visit the railroad museum in Nevada City. The museum showcases railroad and aviation artifacts and offers guided tours. Check out the wooden rail cars, and grab a train-themed souvenir from the gift shop before you leave.

Nevada City is also a good place to refill your tank or do some shopping, or have a delicious meal. You'll find all sorts of restaurants here: sushi, Mexican, Chinese, fast food places, taverns, and cafes are scattered all around the city center. The city is also home to several art galleries with lovely exhibits. Admire the paintings and crafts of local artists, or pick up something to spruce up the living room back home.

Alleghany is about an hour away and well worth the drive. Considering the amount of gold found in the Alleghany area all the way up to WWII, it's only natural for this quaint town to have a gold miners' museum. As you explore the exhibits and displays at Underground Gold Miners Museum, you'll get a glimpse into the daily lives of the miners, as well as the geology of the mines. This is a "golden" opportunity to learn more about California's natural history.

RV Rentals in Malakoff Diggins State Park, CA

Malakoff Diggins State Park, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Malakoff Diggins State Park. Outdoorsy's Malakoff Diggins State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

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