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Go for a hike or grab your bike and explore some of Yolo County’s thousands of acres of parks and conservancies. Discover regional species of plants and animals at Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, or pack up that fishing gear and catch a whopper at Lake Berryessa.

a_Yolo_BalloonYolo Ballooning Adventures

(530) 662-8867

Soar above the beautiful Yolo County countryside in a hot air balloon. Baskets carry from 1 to 4 people; 1-hour flights include pre- and post-flight beverages (Champagne toast, anyone?).

 

a_YoloWildlife_(2)Yolo Basin/Yolo Wildlife Area

45211 County Road 32B, Davis

(530) 757-3780

Tens of thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds can be seen resting and feeding during winter and spring migrations October through April. Enjoy self-guided or lead tours. Listen to special speakers talk about wildlife issues. Check website for event calendar.

 

a_Julie_Partansky_PondJulie Partansky Pond

202 Lindo Place, Davis

Several different viewing areas give an excellent opportunity to observe the wildlife that lives in and visits this habitat area.

 

a_West_Area_PondWest Area Pond

This large habitat area has been recently renovated to improve its habitat value. A bike path runs along the eastern edge of the pond, offering many excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Located east of Lake Blvd. and north of Arlington Blvd. Directions: Go south on Denali Drive from Covell Blvd, then turn west on Isle Royale Lane. The path extends to the pond.

 

a_QualridgeQuail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy

(530) 758-1387

Offering hikes and workshops that help people understand California’s natural history and ecological challenges. Come see a variety of species. Check website for tours and events. By appointment only. Located by Lake Berryessa just past Winters.

 

a_stebbins-cold-canyon-4-3-16Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve

Located on Highway 128, just past Winters

(530) 666-9700

A University of California nature reserve just six miles west of Winters. The reserve is open year round for hiking, bird watching, and plain old fun in the nearby wild. Check their website for tours and special events.

 

a_Cache_Creek_ConservancyCache Creek Canyon Regional Park

Located on Highway 16, Rumsey

(530) 666-8115

A 700-acre park that offers opportunities for nature study, fishing, trails, and more. Open daily.

 

a_Sylvia_Wright_UC_Davis_Arboretum_(2)UC Davis Arboretum

Located on the UC Davis Campus, Davis

(530) 752-4880

This living outdoor museum has more than 22,000 types of trees, plants, and shrubs. Open daily, 24 hours a day and free of charge.

 

a_Cache_Creek_ConservancyCache Creek Conservancy

34199 County Road 20, Woodland

(530) 661-1070

This is a splendid 130-acre property on lower Cache Creek offering hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. June to October hours: weekday’s 9-noon. October through May hours: weekdays 9-3 Monday-Friday, every third Saturday 9-2.

 

a_Lake_BerryessaLake Berryessa

Located on Highway 128, just past Winters

(707) 966-2111

Offers fishing and water sports to all nature and water lovers! A unique destination for families that just want to kick back and relax.

 

a_West_Area_PondHiking

To find the best hiking destinations please visit Yolo Hiker.

 

a_Contemplative_GardenNative American Contemplative Garden

Located within the UC Davis Arboretum

This serene and peaceful garden is located on the UC Davis campus and pays tribute to the Patwin people, Native Americans who lived on the land and were removed to missions between 1817 and 1836.

 

a_Sugarland_Horse_ParkSugarland Horse Park

41070 County Road 18C, Woodland

(916) 842-1579

Guided horseback trail rides, farm tours, birthday parties in a beautiful country setting. Sugarland also offers horse boarding, riding lessons, and training. The facility also hosts horse shows, dog shows, and other events.

 

Napa Valley Fly Guides

(707) 294-4738

Enjoy half-day and full-day guided fly-fishing trips for visitors on Putah Creek, our local, wild trout river. All needed gear is provided, plus your favorite non-alcoholic drinks on the river; the full-day trip comes with lunch. Give us a call, or e-mail napavalleyflyguides@gmail.com.

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