Colfax is a vibrant Gold Rush town located at the junction of Interstate Highway 80 and Highway 174, about 40 miles northeast of Sacramento, en route to Truckee, Lake Tahoe, and Reno.

This Placer County town dates back to the Gold Rush and the building of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which still has a train station in the heart of town. Colfax is a place to relive history, explore and find adventure. Check out our many outdoor activities under recreation on this website.

Learn about Colfax’s colorful history, its namesake, Vice President Schuyler Colfax, and the many characters that settled here and started businesses with our historic markers walking tour, and easy stroll through the level core section of town.

Each year Colfax hosts a variety of activities, including their Easter Egg Hunt, July 3rd Parade, Railroad Days, and Winterfest. Get details on these and other events at Colfax is home to many artists and rural farm stands, as well as its core business district

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