Snelling (formerly, Snelling's Ranch) is a census-designated place in Merced County, California. It is located on the north bank of the Merced River 15 miles (24 km) north of Merced, at an elevation of 256 feet (78 m). The population was 231 at the 2010 census.
The Snelling Ranch post office opened in 1853, was closed for a time during 1861, and changed its name to Snelling in 1870. The name is from the Snelling family that operated a way station at the place beginning in 1851.
Snelling's zip code is 95369 and its area code is 209.