Pioneer is a census-designated place in Amador County, California. It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) east-northeast of Pine Grove, at an elevation of 2986 feet (910 m), along State Route 88. The community is in ZIP code 95666 and area code 209. The population was 1,094 at the 2010 census.

Pioneer Station, built approximately 1925, is located in Pioneer however, it was never a Pony Express stop, a popular fallacy. It was a general store selling gas and water and offering camping sites. The old Pioneer Station still stands and is currently a private residence.

A post office opened in Pioneer in 1947.

Pioneer offers beautiful scenery for Route 88 motorists. There are a number of centuries-old tall pine trees and oak trees, as well as lakes for water sports and fishing.

+ The Kirkwood Lake Tract is located near here.
+ Mace Meadow Golf Course - golf and restaurant
+ Scenic Hwy 88 drive
+ Outdoor Activities - boating, fishing

February 2018

Spring Skiing in Kirkwood? Stay With Us

Are you a skier or snowboarder? You have just a while longer to hit the slopes and enjoy the snow in Kirkwood with spring quickly approaching. People in California and surrounding states love Kirkwood for its diverse, challenging terrain and that it isn’t as busy as Tahoe ski resorts. You […]

Do You Enjoy the Road Less Traveled?

Are you planning a road trip in the upcoming months? Traveling through Amador County on scenic Highway 88 is a beautiful choice and the main route between Stockton, California and Minden, Nevada. Perhaps you are lining up your spring break plans and planning a trip to Lake Tahoe. Spring break […]

January 2018

Getaway to the Kirkwood Mountains This Holiday Season!

We aren’t always ready to admit it, but sometimes the holidays can be stressful. Whether it’s the last-second rush to buy presents, the heated political debates over dinner, or the shorter days, the holidays can often leave us feeling drained. Sometimes a post-holiday getaway is just needed. Whether you want […]

Driving California’s Scenic Highway 88

While most travelers opt for the likes of Highway 50 for traveling through California, those in the know may be more inclined to choose its more scenic relative. Highway 88 stretches from Stockton to the Nevada border and is renowned for its gorgeous views and low traffic. During the winter, […]

Pioneer Inn & Suites for a Quality, Affordable Stay

Nestled near Nevada’s border in the mountains near Northern California, Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort is a fun skiing getaway for both friends, family or the enthusiast skier/boarder. With more than 1,600 open acres of prime ski terrain, and lesson packages for both amateurs or professionals, Kirkwood provides […]

New Year’s Resolution: Travel more, spend less in rustic Amador County

Wait, Amador County? If you know this charming rustic corner of California, your mind is probably racing ahead. Yes, this destination offers a delightfully different take on a world-class winter destination. No, it’s certainly not an expensive region. And if you choose the right lodging, you can even bring your […]

December 2017

California’s Winter Wonderland Awaits on Scenic Highway 88

You’ve heard it. “California has no seasons.” And perhaps if you grew up farther north and east, you have said it yourself. But one of the joys of the golden state is that winter is not just a few weeks away, but a modest drive away. Winter vacations to the […]

Find an Affordable Hotel Near Kirkwood

The 2017/2018 ski season is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning some ski trips to Kirkwood. Kirkwood’s website describes it as, “magical, raw, expansive, and remote…the stuff of legends.” When skiing or riding at Kirkwood, you are off the beaten path at elevations […]

Book now to enjoy this rustic Kirkwood area hotel for your winter break

The stunning and remote Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort on California Highway 88 is a winter sports gem. If you haven’t skied or snow-boarded there, make a point of getting up there this season to open your eyes to another side of Sierra ski resort culture. Christmas week is a […]

Coast Along California’s Beautiful Highway 88

California arguably is one of the most beautiful states in the Union and with an extremely varied landscape. Explore California’s more rustic and mountainous side while traveling along the beautiful scenic Highway 88. The highway, also known as the Carson Pass Highway, begins in Stockton, CA and runs east-west, terminating […]