Once home to the Mi-Wuk Indians, Sonora, the Tuolumne County seat, still evidences vestiges of the gamblers, outlaws, miners and painted ladies who made the town their home in her frontier hey day. The other towns within the county are similarly rich in history; Jamestown, where you can see steam trains and ride along with ghosts of past movies filmed here; Columbia, a former Gold camp, where visitors can see the Columbia State Historic Park with its perfectly restored 1850-1870 appearance (for free), ride the Wells Fargo Stage Coach, or have a sarsaparilla at one of the authentic saloons, and Groveland, one of the county’s earliest towns, many of whose historic buildings are still in use today and located on Hwy. 120, the northern gateway to Yosemite.
There are fine restaurants, art galleries and plenty of shopping in Tuolumne County. Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest are both near by, affording visitors unlimited choices of things to do from panning for gold, fishing, camping, boating, river rafting, and hiking to horsepacking, climbing, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Fully experience all four seasons in Tuolumne County, from splendid colors of fall to the spectacular wildflowers of spring. There is an adventure awaiting you here any season of the year.