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Pioneer is a small town located just one hour southeast of Sacramento and one hour from Lake Tahoe along Highway 88 near the Eldorado National Forest. The community of Pioneer boasts an 18-hole golf course, public tennis courts, high country lakes and streams for fishing and boating and is just 40 miles east of the Kirkwood Ski Area. The town sits on the ridge above the Mokelumne River with outstanding views, clean air, and friendly people. Pioneer is also home to a resort located on the Bear River that features camping, fishing, swimming, water skiing, hiking and off road trails for all terrain vehicles. In summer, the resort features many planned activities for visitors, and in wintertime there are over sixty miles of trails for cross country skiing and other snow play. Golf is also available in the Pioneer area. Another fun thing to do is to take a sightseeing car tour of the area and visit the many other small historic towns of the region including Twain Harte, Murphys, Sonora and Angels Camp, home of the annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee." If you have an interest in the California Gold Rush, the town of Pioneer and the surrounding communities is an exiting place to explore. You can even go underground into some of the mines and caverns and see and learn where the miners worked first hand. The small town of Pioneer is located in an area that is rich in history and a fascinating piece of American history.

Surrounding areas: Somerset, California (16.1 mi), Arnold, California (17.3 mi), Dorrington, California (18.3 mi), Hathaway Pines, California (20.0 mi), Murphys, California (21.2 mi), Pollock Pines, California (22.8 mi), Sutter Creek, California (23.4 mi)

Pioneer Vacation Rentals

Pioneer Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel101 Clinton RdJackson, CA12.2 mi.(209) 257-1500
Best Western Amador Inn200 S Hwy 49Jackson, CA12.4 mi.(209) 223-0211
Sutter Creek Days Inn271 Hanford St Hwy 49Sutter Creek, CA12.8 mi.(209) 267-9177
Shenandoah Inn17674 VLG DrPlymouth, CA15.2 mi.(209) 245-4491
Wehe's Meadowmont Lodge2011 Hwy #4Arnold, CA17.1 mi.(209) 795-1394
Yellow Dog Inn1320 Pne Dr Pob 504Arnold, CA17.1 mi.(209) 795-1980
Avery Hotel4573 Moran RdAvery, CA19.1 mi.(209) 795-9935
Ione Hotel25 W Main StIone, CA20.4 mi.(209) 274-6082
Best Western Placerville Inn6850 Greenleaf DrPlacerville, CA23.9 mi.(530) 622-9100
Angels Inn Motel600 N MainAngels Camp, CA24.5 mi.(209) 736-4192
Columbia Inn Motel22646 Broadway StColumbia, CA28.9 mi.(209) 533-0446
Bed & Breakfast
Grey Gables Bed & BreakfastSutter Creek, CA12.8 mi.(209) 267-1039

Pioneer Weather & Climate

The foothills region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in Northeastern California, enjoys warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Many people are surprised to find such a marked change of seasons at this elevation, but leaves change and temperatures drop as the rainy season begins in fall. This area receives lots of rain November through March and it begins to taper off in spring. Snow is possible, but rare. Summers are hot and dry with sunshine almost every day. Fog is sometimes a problem in winter, although not as common as in the lower elevations. Thunderstorms are rare, but can happen any time of the year. As you move higher into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the seasons are even more distinct and snow can become quite deep in winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 31°F 6.93 in. -
February 57°F 33°F 6.20 in. -
March 60°F 35°F 5.85 in. -
April 66°F 38°F 2.73 in. -
May 74°F 43°F 1.60 in. -
June 83°F 49°F 0.44 in. -
July 90°F 54°F 0.17 in. -
August 90°F 54°F 0.16 in. -
September 85°F 50°F 0.80 in. -
October 75°F 43°F 2.08 in. -
November 59°F 35°F 4.56 in. -
December 49°F 31°F 5.00 in. -

Pioneer Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located about 40 miles west of Pioneer in Sacramento, California, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located approximately 44 miles northeast of Pioneer in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located roughly 47 miles northwest of Pioneer in Sacramento, California, and finally the Sacramento Executive airport (SAC) located around 50 miles west of Pioneer in Sacramento, California.

Pioneer Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
FunderwoodsLodiCA43.3 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA47.0 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA50.9 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA85.2 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV86.1 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV88.0 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USASacramentoCA50.9 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA55.6 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA85.2 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV88.0 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA104.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Mace Meadow Golf & Country ClubPioneerCA 
Meadowmont Golf CourseArnoldCA17.0 mi.
Castle Oaks Golf ClubIoneCA20.3 mi.
Forest Meadows Golf CourseMurphysCA20.6 mi.
Apple Mountain Golf ResortCaminoCA21.3 mi.
La Contenta Golf ClubValley SpringsCA21.5 mi.
Sierra Golf CoursePlacervilleCA23.9 mi.
Greenhorn Creek Resort Golf CourseAngels CampCA25.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA28.9 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA32.8 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA35.7 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA41.4 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA46.9 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA50.4 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA55.2 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA56.2 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA62.3 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA62.3 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV65.2 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA65.4 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA65.4 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV86.1 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA93.0 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA102.5 mi.
State Parks
Calaveras Big Trees State ParkCA19.3 mi. 
Columbia Historic State ParkCA29.5 mi. 
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA30.7 mi. 
Mormon Island Wetlands State ParkCA34.2 mi. 
Negro Bar State ParkCA36.8 mi. 
Crocker Art MuseumSacramentoCA50.9 mi.(Art)
Golden State MuseumSacramentoCA50.9 mi.(History)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV55.6 mi.(History)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV56.6 mi.(History)
Great Valley Museum of Natural HistoryModestoCA59.5 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA43.3 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA50.9 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA94.2 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA102.0 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA104.4 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA110.2 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA110.2 mi.

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