Prairie City SVRA

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Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area is situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills, 20 miles east of downtown Sacramento and three miles south of U.S. 50 in California. Prairie City 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 tailing's.

The park is open every day except Wednesdays. Hours vary with season, contact the park for hours.

Riding Areas

Staging Area

The staging area is set up for both parking and picnicking. There are shaded picnic sites spaced throughout the area. Restrooms, drinking water, barbecue grills, and fire pits (bring your own wood) are available.

Motorcycle/ATV Area

There are many trails throughout the motorcycle/ATV area. Most of the trails in the park are beginner or intermediate with just a few expert trails. The trails are designated as two-way in direction, so use caution when negotiating blind curves, hills, and jumps. Keep to the right of the trail as much as possible.

Hangtown MX Track

The Hangtown MX Track, which is home to the annual national outdoor MX championship, is privately operated year round for practice by AMP Racing. The track is just over a mile in length with challenging terrain and high jumps for expert level motocross riders. The track is watered and groomed daily when in operation.

Practice Tracks

Just below the Staging Area is a MX Practice Track and ATV Practice Track on separated courses. The tracks consist of jumps and banked turns intended for intermediate to advanced level riders. Tracks are groomed and watered on a semi-regular basis and riders are advised to ride with caution.

Kid’s Tracks

The Kid’s Track facility is limited to riders ages 14 years and younger. The facility is divided into two separate tracks. The 70cc Beginner Kid’s Track is for beginner-level children on motorcycles and ATVs 70cc and under. The 110cc Intermediate Kid's Track is for intermediate-level riders on motorcycles and ATVs 110cc and under. Both areas are for young OHV enthusiasts to develop riding skills under the safety of direct adult supervision.

Quarter Midget Track

The Quarter Midget Track is used by the American Quarter Midget Association (HotLine: (916)491-5437) for both practice and competitive events. Eight to 12-year-olds race these scaled down versions of midget racing cars for trophies and prestige. This track now has lights allowing for racing in the cooler evenings.

Go-Kart Track

The Go-Kart Track is a Grand Prix-style track that has many intricate twists and turns. This track is used by several categories of competitive go-karts. The racing is very fast and exciting. The track is operated by Racecraft, open for practice on a regular basis. For information call 985-6009 or go to

BMX Track

Located across from the park office, the BMX Track is one of the two new additional facilities in the park. The track has regularly scheduled practice sessions and races. Call Prairie City BMX at (916) 722-3047.

4by4 Practice Area

Prairie City does have a practice 4wheele drive area called the mini Rubicon. A club based out of Sacramento holds safety clinics here almost weekly. A Good place to take the clinic for beginners and just to brush up! Fun to go play there in your new 4by4 to become more familiar on how it handles!


Prairie City is crowded all the time and the trails are not that fun. Its basically just some dirt and a lot of rocks. Its not very well maintained either, because so many people ride in a very small area every day. Trails are also not organized at all, they just go all over the place and on a crowded day you run the risk of being run over (which has happened to me many times). THE ONLY thing that is worth visiting out here is the pro track called Hangtown, which is privately owned and well maintained.

Maps and GPS Coordinates

Prairie City SVRA Coordinates: 38.607934° -121.166883° Coordinates: 38.607934° -121.166883°

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