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Columbia State Historic Park

11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
+1 209-588-9128
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California Gold

What great fun to wander through Columbia’s old buildings and see why it was like to live in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott H
Tustin, California
via mobile
Well preserved gold town

Small town, car free, that smells still like the old days. Nice shops, old well preserved buildings... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ivo L
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This historic Gold Rush town was made a state park in 1945. Between the 1850s and 1870s over one-half billion dollars in gold (at today's value) was mined in the area.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“stagecoach ride” (56 reviews)
“gold panning” (69 reviews)
“pan for gold” (47 reviews)
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11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
+1 209-588-9128
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What great fun to wander through Columbia’s old buildings and see why it was like to live in the mid- 1800s. The park is a nice blend of historical facts and fun shops (old time candy, candle, gold panning). It is also dog friendly to...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small town, car free, that smells still like the old days. Nice shops, old well preserved buildings with storytelling boards how old the building is and what is was used for over time. Very informative and interesting. Some nice bars and coffee shops. Kids loved...More

Thank Ivo L
Reviewed 12 December 2017

I was not aware of this state park, despite living in the Bay Area for some time. Some friends invited us to visit them in the Central Valley, and I am glad we made it out to the State Park. A small park, the flat...More

Thank greenham01
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

This state park is worth the drive! There is something to do for every age and stage. The grounds are beautiful. There is food, activities, and historic sites to see. If you really want to enjoy this state park to its fullest, plan on spending...More

Thank Ihavemypassportready
Reviewed 26 November 2017

What a great find just a few minutes outside of Sonora. We were completely charmed from the moment we started walking the streets of this historic gold mining town. My first stop was the saloon. From there we visited all of the shops and historic...More

Thank WendyWoman
Reviewed 15 November 2017

This was a nice diversion one recent afternoon. Built around an old gold mining town. There are lots of exhibits and shops. Most of them interesting and entertaining and dealing with the gold mining era here in this place. Some would say it's a tourist...More

Thank stOOOge
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I have been to Columbia a few times and I always enjoy it. It’s a cute town with pretty stores and very nice hotel with a delicious restaurant.

Thank Nicole_Gunther
Reviewed 9 November 2017

My wife and I decided to take a weekend getaway and went to Columbia. We stayed a Friday and Saturday night at the Fallon Hotel and found the accommodations excellent. We ate a dinner at the Columbia City Hotel and found the food overall excellent....More

Thank 141frederickw
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Excellent gold town with an amazing selection of buildings - some even used in "High Noon". Many of the buildings have been reconstructed and you can walk inside & imagine what life was like back in the old days. You can even ride a Wells...More

Thank Martin P
Reviewed 28 October 2017

This "ghost town" has only gotten better over the years. Street musicians bring life. New cafe and bakeries bring happiness to this strolling opportunity for the entire family. Imagining that you had lived or worked here is easy, and is one of the very best...More

Thank TravelPlenty5
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.20 km away
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.12 km away
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9 October 2017|
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Response from Raenette G | Reviewed this property |
Up yes they are open 7 days a week certain business close different days, you might find that info on park website
29 July 2017|
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Response from daisyduke2891 | Reviewed this property |
It's only 3 miles to Sonora, there are several hotels there
24 May 2017|
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Response from GRS-SJS | Reviewed this property |
I'd say one day is all you'll need. Check Trip Advisor for other attractions you might enjoy seeing. It is also a big wine area and lots of old gold towns near by.