Outdoor Activities

Water

American River – Float, fish and frolic in the American River, which winds through Rancho Cordova. American River Raft Rentals offers an opportunity (seasonal) to take a self-guided tour down this peaceful family-friendly section of the river. Check out Fish Habit Outfitters for fantastic guided fly fishing experiences on the American River, where, depending on the season, you can catch striped bass, shad, Chinook salmon, and steelhead.

South Fork American River – The most popular whitewater in California! Class II-III whitewater rafting is available seasonally through several companies on the South Fork of the American River. For big-time adrenaline-pumping adventure, the Middle Fork offers Class IV rapids, and the North Fork offers up to Class V whitewater.

Lake Natoma/Sacramento State Aquatic Center – SUP, kayaking, sailing, rowing, fishing, bird watching, people watching. Rentals available.

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area – Waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and picnicking make this a favorite NorCal lake.
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Sky

From romantic hot air balloon rides to a thrill-seeking leap from a plane, the sky is the limit.

Skydiving – In nearby Acampo, check out the Parachute Center.

Hot Air Balloon Rides – For a view up high, Sky Drifters is the Sacramento Valley’s only full-time operation. Great for individuals or groups.

Land

American River Parkway Trail – Well-suited for all ages, this 32-mile paved trail, officially known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, follows the river along the American River Parkway. Rancho Cordova sits in the center of it all, making for a perfect place to access this scenic trail.

Prairie City State OHV Park – Tracks, turns, trails – Prairie City off-highway vehicle park offers miles and miles of fun.

Mather Golf Course - Play a round on this serene Jack Fleming-designed championship course, which also happens to be a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Murieta Equestrian Center – A facility that makes for many happy horses. Catch a horse show here!