January 29, 2018   

Visit Open Spaces Protected by SVC

Deer Creek Hills Preserve is located in eastern Sacramento county on Latrobe Road in Sloughhouse. Being the largest open space preserve in Sacramento County and working cattle ranch, it boasts over 4,500 acres of Blue Oak Woodlands, seasonal creeks and grasslands. Single track trails and ranch roads allow visitors to explore the beauty and expanding views of the Sacramento Valley and the High Sierras.

Camp Pollock location, access times, day use rules and rental information is available here.

Deer Creek Hills Visitor Information and FAQ's -

When can we visit? As a working cattle ranch, only portions of the property are open to the public, and all visits must be part of a pre-scheduled outing. See the events calendar for a list of upcoming days and times the preserve is open, and to register for any visits.

Generally, Deer Creek Hills Preserve is open to the public on Saturdays from 9am-1pm from February through May and from October through November for self-guided hikes. Hike the marked 3-mile trail on your own or for a chance to explore more than 4,500+ acres, or join one of our many guided educational hikes, led year-round by our Volunteer Docents.

SVC's trained docents lead guided tours and hikes featuring botany, birding, geology, history, stargazing and more. Visit the Online Calendar to check out the upcoming hikes. Outings with a charge to attend can be paid for online when registering or with cash or check in person upon arrival. We ask that you please pre-register for our docent guided outings, as many have a maximum number of attendees and many fill to capacity, so register early for the best selection.

What can we do there? The trails at Deer Creek Hills Preserve are multi-use. We allow hiking, trail running, equestrians and mountain bikers, and for some public and private uses and events. Deer Creek Hills is a working ranch. The cattle make and maintain the trails and are an essential part of our management plan. When the cows go home, cyclists come back. Check out the SVC Brochure for more information about when we offer different types of outings and check the online calendar for the most up to date info on events at Deer Creek Hills.

How do we get there? Map & Directions to Deer Creek Hills Preserve are available online. Please note the information on crossing Crevis Creek.

Is there a charge to park? Nope. We do not charge our guests a fee to park, however we gladly accept donations, which help us upkeep the area and provide clean, well stocked porta-pottys.

Is there a charge for trail usage? Self-Guided hikes offered on Saturdays are free. Our educational Docent guided tours are offered at a low cost and free to youth 16 and younger. The SVC Season Passes are a great value to frequent visitors and make great gifts for your nature loving friends. Groups wishing to use the space for public or private events should contact SVC staff at info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org.

Can we bring Dogs? No. Deer Creek Hills is a working cattle ranch and has been protected to preserve the sensitive and unique habitat. Wildlife can be frightened by outside animals. And even well-behaved dogs can startle cattle, causing panic in individual animals or throughout the herd. Only working service dogs are allowed.

Can we bring kids? YES! Our self guided trail is kid friendly. Many families with smaller children wear them in wraps and backpacks. Most of our trails are single track, and better suited for foot traffic, however some of the ranch roads are ok for more rugged 'off road' strollers.

Do you offer special youth programming? YES! Our Youth, Education and Stewardship (YES) program is focused on bringing kids outdoors. We offer a range of options to visit and learn, whether it's a day out with parents, teachers or leaders, guided by our docents or staff, learning to get their hands dirty and becoming stewards of the environment or with a youth education partner like Sierra Nevada Journeys, we want more kids to spend time learning and playing in the special Open Spaces we've protected. Please reach us at info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org to discuss how we can help get your youth outdoors!

What kind of Equestrian Rides do you offer? All riders must provide their own horse. Explore 4,500+ acres on escorted educational equestrian rides with SVC volunteer Docents from February-May, and the day after Thanksgiving. SVC's Docent Led rides are through open country over a variety of terrain in a pristine protected landscape. Climbing and descending hills, maneuvering around rock outcrops and crossing flowing creeks are involved with this outing. Groups travel at a walk and are usually from 10-15 in size. Horses and riders should be accustomed to riding in groups and in open fields.

When are the Mountain Bike Rides? Riders can challenge their skill set on singletrack and ranch roads, at their own pace during Free Monday Night MTB or join a scheduled tour. Educational Mountain Bike tours are lead by SVC volunteer Docents, typically on the third Saturday of the month from June through October. Every Monday Night Rides are held in partnership with Folsom Auburn Trail Rider's Association (FATRAC) from June through October from 4pm-Dusk.

How can we help give back to Open Space?

  1. Participate in or sponsor a service day at Deer Creek Hills! - These events are held twice yearly, on a dire needs basis, and as sponsorships are received. Tasks include trail building, maintenance, sign hanging, fence repairing, weed eradication, and general clean-up projects. Please Register so we can provide sufficient snacks and lunch.
  2. Become a Docent - Join our amazing group of trained docents to help with activities at Camp Pollock and Deer Creek Hills.
  3. Administration - Help us grow our organization and reach the community through data entry, mailings, represent SVC at a tabling event or help with calls and pick-ups of silent Auction items.
  4. Events - Help plan, organize, or assist at one of our fun community events! Celebrate our volunteers at the Cowboy Breakfast, or assist at one of our annual fundraisers like the family friendly Earth Day Concert or free Summer Concert Series, Family GlampOut or Treasures of the Valley event.
  5. Join Us - With support from people like you, the Conservancy has protected thousands of acres of important open space – special places forever preserved – on which children can play, farmers can cultivate, wildlife can survive, and you can enjoy, but we can’t keep working without your support. Membership donations are vital to our success! By joining our family of members, you can directly help conserve unique natural lands, working farms, ranches, and outdoor classes. Make a secure donation online.

To register for events, please visit our calendar. To schedule group service projects or special events, or for any additional information please e-mail info@sacramentovalleyconservancy.org

Want to know MORE? Visit our online calendar of events here.

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