The Red Hills Recreation Management Area is east of Sacramento in El Dorado Hills, California. The Red Hills are notable for their profusion of spring color, when wildflowers bloom all over the area. These same flowers and other vegetation also provide plenty of tasty meals for a variety of small animals. If you’re searching for wildlife at Red Hills, you may spot mule deer, jackrabbits, coyotes, and foxes. Birdwatchers can look for valley quail, mourning doves, ash-throated flycatchers, barn swallows, and birds of prey like red-tailed hawks and great horned owls. Great blue herons and roadrunners are also an exciting find in the area.
There are also rarer birds and animals that can be spotted at Red Hills. Bald eagles winter in the area by Don Pedro Reservoir, and up to 20 eagles have been spotted in one winter season.
If you’re headed to the Red Hills Recreation Management Area, pack your binoculars and a good camera. There are also hiking, cycling, and horseback riding trails in the area. The area is designated day-use only, so you cannot camp there, but these Sacramento-area campgrounds are just a half-hour drive away.