DescriptionNestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Colfax was established in 1865 by the Central Pacific Railroad Co. during construction of the nation's first transcontinental railroad line. The small, flower-filled downtown features buildings that date back to those founding days.
Also of interest are the shadow murals—paintings of shadows cast by volunteer models—created by two local artists. The murals on a wall along South Auburn Street depict both historic and contemporary scenes of daily life; another mural adorns the side of a shed near the Amtrak station.
Nearby Bear River offers fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and gold panning. The Stevens Trail, originally a toll road for 19th-century miners, is a scenic trek (about 8 miles round trip) to the north fork of the American River. The hike down to the river bottom is easy; climbing back up is decidedly more strenuous. There are some narrow stretches with steep drop-offs and a couple of crossings over water that can be tricky during the winter rainy season. Bring plenty of drinking water on hot summer days. The signed trailhead is off North Canyon Way, north of downtown past the Colfax Cemetery.
Things to SeeColfax Area Heritage Museum
White-water RaftingTributary Whitewater Tours