Rancho Seco Recreational Area

Get back to nature at Rancho Seco Recreational Area
A short 25 minute drive from downtown Sacramento, you’ll find the 400-acre park that makes up the Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Take a short vacation and enjoy bird watching, boating, camping, fishing, hiking and even a sanctuary for rescued exotic animals and wildlife. Camp in comfort with recreation and concession buildings, shade structures, laundry facility, boathouse and newly renovated restrooms and showers.

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  • Rancho Seco area brochure
  • Fees
  •  For information and reservations, call 1-800-416-6992 (Monday through Friday).

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    Hiking opportunities

    Self-led hikes

    Enjoy an easy seven mile round trip hike at the Howard Ranch Trail. The walk along the lake offers something special in each season – vernal pools in late winter, soft carpets of wildflowers in spring, contented cattle grazing on lush grass. It’s a working cattle ranch, so please leave your canine friends home.

    Docent-led hikes 

    For those who would like to learn from local naturalist volunteers on docent-led hikes, the Cosumnes River Preserve offers springtime hikes on the Howard Ranch Trail. Each hike begins at 8:30 AM, takes 3+ hours and is taken at a casual pace. 

    Would you like more information? We’re here to answer your questions. Call 1-800-416-6992 (Monday through Friday).