In early 2017, 36 acres of land just to the west of CA-99, south of Elk Grove Regional Park, was allocated by the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs for a casino project to benefit the Wilton Rancheria — the only federally recognized tribe in Sacramento County. Following a groundbreaking in March 2021, the $500 million project — a joint venture between the Wilton Rancheria and Boyd Gaming Corporation — is now open and is poised to establish itself as a premier entertainment destination just 15 minutes from Sacramento.
Sky River Casino
More than just a casino, Sky River Casino serves as an epicenter of entertainment and dining in the heart of Elk Grove.
Central to Sky River’s experience is over 110,000-square-feet of gaming space that includes 2,000 of the newest and most popular slot machines, over 80 table games, and for visitors who are feeling extraordinarily lucky and looking to score big, a High Limit Room for high stakes gambling.
Taste some of the best cuisine Elk Grove has to offer without leaving the casino floor thanks to Sky River Casino’s vast and varied on-site dining options. The casino’s dining footprint includes three restaurants, two bars and a market that consists of 12 global restaurant concepts ranging from street tacos to pies, pastries and ice cream.
For a classic-yet-elevated dining experience, SR Prime Steakhouse features a menu of steaks, seafood and sides served alongside an exceptional selection of wine, whiskey and craft beer. Wine and beer connoisseurs can sample some of the same local brews and bottles that can be enjoyed along the Beer & Wine Trail of Elk Grove at 32 Brews Street, a lively sports bar with outdoor patio seating and TVs tuned to live sporting action. Now open, Dragon Beaux's menu features a modern approach to traditional dim sum and Cantonese cuisine, including hand-crafted dumplings and hot pots filled with local ingredients.
The Market at Sky River presents a fusion of cultural cuisines as 11 different eateries serve up snacks, drinks and treats while utilizing advanced technology to order straight from the table. Rounding out the offerings are three additional bars, Rock Bar, River Bar, and Upper Barrel.
Who are the Wilton Rancheria?
Wilton Rancheria is the only federally recognized Natie American tribe in Sacramento County and consists of descendants of Miwok-speaking tribes. Wilton Rancheria’s indigineous territory encompasses Sacramento County, inclusive of Elk Grove. After being granted the land in a trust by the United States of America in 1928, which thereby formed the Wilton Rancheria, the federal trust was terminated in 1958 and the Tribe later lost federal recognition in 1964.
Decades later, in 1999, surviving members of Wilton Rancheria convened and requested that the United States restore federal recognition of the Tribe, a request that was approved in 2009. A new Tribe constitution was passed in 2011, establishing with it a four-branch system of government, whose administration office is located in Elk Grove.
When will the Sky River Casino open?
The Sky River Casino in Elk Grove, CA opened on August 15, 2022.
Who is building the casino in Elk Grove?
The Sky River Casino & Resort project is a joint venture between the Elk Grove-based Wilton Rancheria and well-known national gaming company, Boyd Gaming Corporation, who is based in Las Vegas, NV and operates 28 gaming entertainment sites nationwide.