Prairie City     
California State Parks  (View this site)
Sacramento County, California
Obsticle Course:  
Operating Season:  
All year
"Welcome to Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA)! Prairie City is situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills, 20 miles east of downtown Sacramento and three miles south of U.S. 50. The area offers off-highway vehicle enthusiasts a variety of interesting terrain and trails for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and 4-wheel drive vehicles. There are flat, open grasslands, rolling hills with native blue oak trees, and acres of cobbled mine tailings left after gold dredges combed ancient river beds in search of gold during the late 1800s. Beginners as well as experts find the variety of terrain both challenging and enjoyable."

- California State Parks

Trail Maps      

Prairie City SVRA   (California State Parks)
Buffalo Creek   (USGS Topo)

Trail Links      

Prairie City SVRA  (View this site)

Trail Photographs      

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From Interstate 50 (Sacramento - 23 Miles)
- Head East on Interstate 50 (20 Miles)
- Exit right (South) onto Prairie City Road (2.0 Miles)
- At the stop sign take a right onto White Rock Road (1.0 Miles)
- The entrance is paved on the left
- The dirt road with the OHV billboards is not the entrance. It is a quarter mile farther down White Rock Road

A bold trail name denotes a link to a trail write up.
  Easy -
   These fun family trails are suited for a stock vehicle and may not always require four wheel drive. In most cases these trails consist of well maintained service roads. Roads are typically wide enough to accommodate passing.

  Moderate -
   While more challenging than the "Easy" rated trails, drivers of all skill levels can enjoy these trails. At this level a stock high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is required. Trails are typically narrow with possible brush that may scratch your vehicle. Passing usually requires backing up.

  Difficult -
   Trails at this rating require a vehicle with increased ground clearance and proper protection. Trails will often require a spotter and should only be attempted by more experienced off road drivers. Most trails at this level require 33" tires and at least one locker is recommended.

  Extreme -
   Trails at this rating require a heavily modified vehicle. At this point you most likely have more dents than lugs on your tires, flops and rollovers are just part of your Sunday drive. Front and rear lockers, at least 35" tires and a winch are highly recommended. "Extreme" rated trails should only be attempted by the most experienced off road drivers.