Malakoff Diggins SHP
State Historic Park
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.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
- Hours of Operation:
The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The museum is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m through September. Tours of the townsite are offered at 1:30pm on days the museum is open.
- Park Office Telephone:
Max Camper Length:
24 FeetMax Trailer Length
- 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