El Dorado

Residents enjoy easy access to outdoor recreation, with opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and more.

Welcome to El Dorado

A beautiful and historically significant region just 45 miles east of Sacramento.
Registered as a California Historical Landmark, El Dorado is in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, about 45 miles east of Sacramento. El Dorado the city is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, which latter is home to a diverse range of communities, Gold Rush towns, rivers, and lakes. As such, El Dorado city residents enjoy easy access to outdoor recreation, with opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and more.

El Dorado County Real Estate Market

The area's mild climate and abundance of natural beauty make it a desirable place to live, and the real estate market reflects this. In El Dorado County, you'll find everything from cozy cabins to luxurious estates. Whether you're looking for a primary residence or a vacation home, El Dorado County has something to offer. Contact the El Dorado County real estate agents & realtors at Haus, Charles & Co Realty to find condos, houses, property & homes for sale in El Dorado County, CA.

What to Love

  • Proximity to Sacramento and El Dorado National Forest
  • Outstanding schools
  • Postcard-worthy surroundings
  • Rich local history

Local Lifestyle

El Dorado offers a lifestyle that is hard to beat. The city welcomes a diverse range of people, from families who have lived here for generations to newcomers drawn by the area's natural beauty. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to live or a close community where you can enjoy the outdoors, you'll find it in El Dorado. First known as Mud Springs, by 1849, El Dorado had become the nexus of a mining district and also railroad lines. The city has maintained a population of several thousand people ever since the halcyon days of the gold rush. Its current residents pride themselves on both the city’s history and their unflagging hospitality.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

We’d be remiss not to emphasize that El Dorado is home to Poor Red’s BBQ. The place serves delicious pulled pork sliders, barbeque pork tips, and “death sauce wings.” Located in historic downtown El Dorado, Poor Red’s developed the Golden Cadillac cocktail, which, along with the restaurant’s reputation for great service and company, became the stuff of legend. In the early twenty-first century, the restaurant closed and fell into disrepair, only to be bought and rehabbed by its new intrepid ownership. The structure originally was constructed as a weigh station, became known as Kelly’s Bar, and then became Poor Red’s when Red won it in a game of dice. Visit there today and look upon the murals Poor Red installed after winning his restaurant.

Things to Do

El Dorado is a veritable paradise for history buffs interested in the nineteenth-century gold rush. While the gold rush itself faded, commemorations of this period in American history have blossomed in El Dorado and its surrounding areas. There are state parks where visitors to the park can pan for gold, try their hand at blacksmithing, or explore restored buildings; museums with collections of artifacts and research libraries full of records; and, of course, Slate Creek and related natural features that have survived the years.


El Dorado is served by two school districts: El Dorado Union High School District and Mother Lode Union Elementary School District. The schools in these districts offer quality education for students of all ages, and they are committed to preparing their students for success in college and careers. In addition, the school districts in El Dorado County have a strong partnership with the community, which provides support and resources for students and families. Available schools include Union Mine High School and Pacific Crest Academy.
For a more comprehensive list, please visit the El Dorado County Office of Education.

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