From the gentle rolling foothills, ranches and towns to the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the San Andreas Area CHP has so much to offer to the residents of California. We handle all of Calaveras County and a portion of Alpine County. With the population of just under 47,000, the Area continues to grow at a rapid pace. Many San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley residents have discovered what the locals have known for a long time: Calaveras County has a pleasant climate, diverse and beautiful landscapes, and the charming historical presence of the Gold Rush since 1849.
The topography of the San Andreas Area varies greatly. The west end of Calaveras County is a foothill environment of cattle ranches, several reservoirs and small towns. As the highways traverse east, toward the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the elevation sharply rises from 300 feet to over 8,200 feet. As a result, the area attracts many outdoor enthusiasts to the ski slopes, the many lakes with great fishing, hunting areas and thousands of miles of hiking trails; all which allows one to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains. A quick look at the San Andreas Area Facts:
There is roughly 2,000 square miles of land area. There is approximately 900 miles of state highway and county roads. State Routes 4, 12, 26 and 49 traverse the area. Roadways consist of two lanes with few passing lanes or turnouts.
Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee, attracting 15,000 visitors to an annual event each May. Bear Valley Ski Resort, a popular destination for several thousand skiers and snowboarders during the winter months. Winter chain controls are frequent at elevations of 3,000 and above. Big Trees State Park, known for its groves of Giant Sequoia Redwoods, attracting thousands of visitors each year during the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Hello and welcome to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) San Andreas Area website. The CHP's mission is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California. The CHP San Andreas Area office is specifically responsible for the safety of residents and motorists within Calaveras County and southern Alpine County.
As the commander of the CHP San Andreas Area, I take our responsibilities to serve everyone seriously with the upmost respect and professionalism people expect. It is my goal to ensure our staff provides the highest quality of service to the entire community. The officers you see daily are highly-trained, experienced professionals that do all within their power to ensure your safety and protect our community. We want to be responsive to your needs and ensure your wellbeing, whether you are traveling the roads in your own neighborhood or the county roads and state routes that traverse Calaveras and Alpine counties.
We welcome your requests for service and emphasize to our personnel the importance of solving problems at a community level. We hope you have seen the positive results of our efforts and encourage you to let us know if we can be of any assistance. The CHP’s vision is to be a trusted leader in law enforcement ensuring California is the safest place to live, work, and travel. Our staff take the CHP’s mission and vision seriously and I want to reassure you they are here to serve the public. Thank you for your support as we make your local roadways and communities safer, and above all: please drive carefully!
Mayolo “Mayo” Banuelos, LieutenantCommanderCHP San Andreas Area