Auburn CA is situated in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at an elevation of 1300 feet. It is the most accessible Gold Country town, located at the crossroads of I-80 and State Highway 49. Locally, there are four business districts including Old Town, Downtown, Highway 49 corridor and Auburn Airport Business Park. Auburn Union School District educates approximately 2,100 students in K-8, while Placer Union High School District operates innovative institutions including one of the oldest high schools in California, Placer High School. Higher education opportunity is abundant, featuring Weimar College, William Jessup University, Sierra College, American River College and California State University Sacramento. Sutter Auburn Faith & Sutter Roseville Hospital provide healthcare using the latest technology. Amtrak, Auburn Municipal Airport & Sacramento International Airport enhance the ease of travel throughout the region and abroad.
The region offers an unsurpassed outdoor experience! As the “Endurance Capital of the World,” Auburn hosts a number of the most challenging endurance competitions in the world, including the 100 Mile Horseback Ride, the "Tevis Cup" and the Western States 100 Mile Run along with numerous other biathlon/triathlon and Ride & Tie events. The area also boasts some of the country's most exhilarating whitewater river rafting runs & mountain biking along the breathtaking American River. Auburn State Recreation Area, Hidden Falls Regional Park and Auburn Ravine Walking Trail are just a few of the incredible outdoor destinations. Downtown and Old Town Auburn offer a wide range of entertainment from shopping and restaurants to art galleries and museums. Wine tasting is a popular activity, as is golfing with four local courses. Our local Gold Country Fairgrounds also host a wide array of fairs, festivals and expos year round. Placer County truly offers the diversity for whatever your lifestyle may be with mountains, forests, rivers and lakes for endless natural beauty and outdoor activities.
The weather in Auburn is classified as hot-summer Mediterranean. The winters are cool and moist while summers are hot and dry. Measurable precipitation occurs on an average of 56 days each year with 36 inches of rain with just one inch of snow falling yearly. Sunshine is ample on more than 250 days of the year. Northern California features a unique topography, which lends to extremely rich and fertile soil. Boasting as one of the world's most important agricultural areas and home to crops of walnuts, pistachios, almonds, olives & citrus groves. Vineyards are plentiful, with numerous wineries operating within Placer, El Dorado & Nevada County.
French gold miners arrived and camped along the Auburn Ravine in 1848. As the area developed into a mining camp it was officially named Auburn in 1849. Rapid growth led to the town being selected as the seat of Placer County just two years later. The western leg of the Central Pacific Railroad reached the Auburn area in 1865.