Malakoff Diggins SHP

State Historic Park

Camping and Trails

Camping Information

The Chute Hill Campground and Group Camp are currently open with sites available by reservation through Reserve America ( The campground will be closed from September 28th, 2014 until May 2015 for the winter season. Check back soon for updated information.

The Miner's Cabins are open and available by reservation through September 28th, 2014.

Trail information

All trails are currently open.

Park Information
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California's largest "hydraulic" mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center has exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield.


From Nevada City, travel 11-miles north on highway-49 toward Downieville. North Bloomfield Road is not recommended. Turn right on Tyler Foote Rd. turnoff from Highway 49 and follow the main paved road to the park.The main road changes names a few times (Cruzon Grade Road, Back Bone Road, Derbec Road, North Bloomfield Road). You will stay on paved roads all the way to the park.  These are not high-speed roads. The park is 26-miles (50 min drive time) from Nevada City.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The museum is open Daily from 10:00am to 4:00 pm through September 1st. Tours of the townsite are offered at 1:30pm on days the museum is open.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (530) 265-2740

  • Region

    Gold Country



  • Max Camper Length:

    24 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    18 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes


Park Office 530-265-2740
Sector Office 530-273-3884


Pay fees at Museum - $8.00 per vehicle.
Cash or Check Only