The canyons are best known for their high quality recreational diversity. An estimated half million + people each year spend time recreating in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Close to 100 miles of trails and 40 miles of boating, ranging from easy to highly technical, attract recreationists seeking rigorous experiences, intense challenges, or just time close to beautiful serene river wilderness.
- The American River Canyons host numerous runs and rides including the legendary Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Tevis Cup 100 Mile Horseback Ride, the Cool Mountain Bike Race and the Cool Canyon Crawl.
- Two class V whitewater runs - Chamberlain Falls and the Tunnel Chute - draw thousands of visitors each year. There are also easy runs for beginning boaters and flat water recreation on Lake Clementine.
- Countless others photograph, hike, run, raft, canoe, ride, mountain bike, hunt, fish, bird, rock climb, swim, picnic, camp, gold pan and just enjoy nature in the canyons.
- The canyons provide wilderness educational opportunities for schools and area nature centers.
Recreation in the Canyons
Endurance Events in the Canyons