Nature & Preservation LIFESTYLE

Deer Creek Hills Preservation


Located just outside Rancho Murieta, you will find 4,060 acres of rolling grassland and oak woodland known as Deer Creek Hills. This land provides many opportunities for public recreational activity while also preserving the heritage of working ranches. Deer Creek Hills is home to an estimated 170 bird species, 105 species of mammal, 58 amphibians and reptiles, and 5,000 kinds of insects. The oaks and grasslands nearly reach the El Dorado County line and are located south of Highway 50, nearest Rancho Murieta. The County and the Sacramento Valley Conservancy partnered to purchase the land, and a master plan is currently in development with help from donations.

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.

At about 3,700 planted acres, Amador is the smallest wine-growing region in the state – but produces fruit known for its intensity and diversity. The region is filled with sandy loam and volcanic soils that promote drainage, along with prime sunlight exposure in its valleys and rolling hills.

Some 600 acres of Amador’s vineyards & wineries date back to the 1950s, making this a land of old-vine Zinfandel. The Original Grandpere Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley even has lineage to the Gold Rush days. It bears fruit that’s used by the likes of Andis and Vino Noceto, and said to be the oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard in the country with plantings that date to 1869.

Fast Facts

  • Deer Creek Hills Preservation has over 4,000 acres of rangeland, oak woodlands, grasslands, and seasonal creeks.
  • Regional Parks has entered into a Cooperative Management Agreement with the Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC) who manages Conservancy operations with input from the County.


The SVC manages a calendar of events for activities occurring at Deer Creek Hills. Click here to find out about upcoming events. Other activities at Deer Creek Hills include:

  • Hiking
  • Bird-watching
  • Horseback riding

NOTE: Picnics are not allowed.

Hours & Fees

Deer Creek Hills does restrict certain areas of the preserve from the public. For more information, check the Sacramento Valley Conservancy for docent-led tours and upcoming events. Activities and events held at Deer Creek Hills will be listed on the Sacramento Conservancy Deer Creek Hills page.


Deer Creek Hills is in Sacramento County, 8 miles south of US Highway 50 and the City of Folsom. The preservation wraps around the north of Rancho Murieta.