Outdoor Activities

Find outdoor activities Rancho Cordova, from water sports to cycling to skydiving. With Lake Natoma and the American River Bike Trail, there are many options.


American RiverFloat, 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 are available.

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

Cordova Community Pool- Find fun events, meets, and community swim times at the newest pool in Rancho Cordova.


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

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.


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.

Starting Aug. 29, 2022, a stretch of the American River Parkway Trail—from the El Manto entrance to the Sunriver Park entrance—will be closed for two months for construction. Learn more here.  

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

Mather Golf Course - Play around 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!

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