Empire Ranch is a 1,738-acre, upscale master-planned community in Folsom. The area provides easy access to Highway 50 and is home to numerous parks, greenbelts, walking paths, schools, shopping areas and the Empire Ranch Golf Club. There are a few wide thoroughfares running through the area, but they serve to link the many smaller parts of the community, some gated while some are winding and intimate. Some streets offer expansive views – all the way to downtown Sacramento and the Central Valley beyond. Empire Ranch is bicycle friendly with bike lanes and unpaved paths throughout the community.
Nearly half a dozen schools can be found throughout Empire Ranch, but Vista Del Lago High School stands out as it sits higher up in the community, spanning several blocks. One of the newer schools in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District its appearance is stately and modern. Commonly referred to simply as Vista, the school is known for its high academic standards and is one of the top ranking schools in the area.