Deer Creek Hills


Deer Creek Hills' 4,060 acres of rolling grasslands and oak woodland preserves the heritage of working ranches and provides endless opportunities for public recreation. The oaks and grasslands also provide habitat for approximately 170 species of birds, 105 mammal species, 58 amphibians and reptiles, and an estimated 5,000 kinds of insects. Deer Creek Hills is located south of Highway 50 near the City of Folsom, and reaching almost to the El Dorado County line. It was purchased by the County in partnership with the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. Currently money is being raised to develop a master plan and the Conservancy is operating the site under a management agreement with the County.

While Deer Creek Hills is an operational preserve, not all areas are always open to the public. Please see Hours and Fees below for more information.

Fast Facts:

  • The property has over 4000 acres of rangeland, oak woodlands, grasslands and seasonal creeks.
  • While Regional Parks is co-owner of the Dry Creek Preserve, Parks has entered into a Cooperative Management Agreement with the Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC), and SVC manages Conservancy operations with input from the County.

How to Get There:

Deer Creek Hills is located in Sacramento County, 8 miles south of US Highway 50 and the City of Folsom on the way to Lake Tahoe, just before you reach the El Dorado line. It wraps around
the north of Rancho Murrieta. View brochure with driving directions.

View Deer Creek Hills Map


The Sacramento Valley Conservancy runs a calendar of events for activities at Deer Creek Hills. Find out what's going on at Deer Creek Hills this month and what's coming up. Other activities include

  • hiking
  • bird-watching
  • Horseback riding

Hours and Fees:

While Deer Creek Hills is an operational preserve, not all areas are always open to the public. Check with the Sacramento Valley Conservancy for how to sign up for a docent-led tour and find out about what other events are going on at the preserve.

Picnics Allowed: No

Additional Information:

  • For more information about activities and events at Deer Creek Hills, visit the Sacramento Conservancy Deer Creek Hills page ​


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