Gold, that lustrous precious metal, was the major attraction that put Shingle Springs on the map. Now, clean air, rolling uncluttered landscapes and a country-paced lifestyle are responsible for the influx of new settlers to the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park area.
A blending of old and new typifies the community. Historical monuments sit proudly proclaiming a colorful Gold Rush past, next to a new era of construction.
Where the Niesnan branch of the Maidu Indians once lived is now home to 15,000 Cameron Park residents. Shingle Springs, founded in the 1850's with gold mines, lime mines and agriculture as the draw, is now home to 7,500. The two areas offer a rural atmosphere with the amenities found in cities close at hand. Several shopping centers provide a wide array of goods and services. For additional needs, Sacramento is 30 miles to the west.
Recreational opportunities center around the seasonal climate found in the Mother Lode. Although the area is below the snow, a short drive of 70 miles puts the traveler in the heart of the best winter sports setting found in the United States; Lake Tahoe. The crystal waters also serve the summer outdoor enthusiast. The American and Consumnes Rivers offer a wonderland of activities year round and the spacious El Dorado National Forest features many pleasant experiences.