American Canyon, California

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option


The City of American Canyon was incorporated in 1992. It is located about 35 miles northeast of San Francisco at the southern end of Napa County. American Canyon was developed following World War II, with the McKnight Acres subdivision in the 1940s and Rancho Del Mar in the 1950s.

The History of American Canyon Volume 1 "From the Footsteps of Time" is now available. To view the historical document click the following links, Footsteps of Time: Part One / Part Two.  

The City operates as a Council/City Manager form of government and is a general law city. Policy-making authority is vested in a five-member City Council. Day-to-day administration is provided by the City Manager, serving under the direction of the Council. There are four elected Council Members and one elected Mayor. The Vice Mayor is elected by the Council. The City Manager is appointed by the Council and serves as the chief executive of the City. American Canyon has a staff of approximately 90 employees, an additional 24 contract sheriff deputies and up to 60 part-time/seasonal staff.

City departments include Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Community Development, Police (provided under a contract with the Napa County Sheriff's Office), Parks & Recreation, and Public Works.

American Canyon is a safe community with few major crimes reported. Law enforcement services are provided through a contract with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. The Police Department believes in the philosophy of community policing and is active at community events. The department responds to all calls for service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and utilizes the resources from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office for major incidents and investigations.

The City is served by the American Canyon Fire Protection District a subsidiary entity governed by the City Council (as the Fire Board of Directors) and administered by an appointed Fire Chief. The Fire District was formed by a vote of the citizens in November 1957. In the beginning it was an all-volunteer organization.  

The City of American Canyon, with its picturesque backdrop of rural rolling agricultural hills, is located in southern Napa County. This is the SF Bay Area’s entry point to the Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries, areas internationally recognized for producing some of the world's finest wines. 

A permanent green belt surrounds much of the City, including the Napa River and a 500-acre wetlands preserve to the west, the 640-acre Jack and Bernice Newell Wilderness Preserve to the east, and vineyard-covered foothills of the Sulphur Springs Mountains to the northeast. The Napa County Airport adjoins the City on the north, and the City of Vallejo is adjacent on the south. Major highways include Highway 29 that runs north and south through the City, and Highway 12, which connects with I-80 about three miles to the east and Sonoma County to the west. Currently the City is 6 square miles. 

American Canyon is located approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. We are within proximity of some of the finest institutions, such as the University of California (U.C.) campuses at Berkeley (30 miles), San Francisco (42 miles) and Davis (41 miles); and within close proximity to Tuoro University (8 miles). We are conveniently located 42 miles from the Oakland International Airport (OAK), 50 miles from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 60 miles from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

Out of peak hours, San Francisco to the southwest and Sacramento to the north-east are each less than one hour's drive on I-80. Two miles south of American Canyon, Highway 37 goes west over to Novato, Marin County where it joins with Highway 101, an alternative route to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. 

The climate is generally mild, with northeasterly winds from the San Francisco Bay. Summer temperatures range from 50 to 90 degrees, and winter temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees. The average number of clear days per year is 265 and average rainfall is 24 inches per year. 

The City is part of the Napa Valley Unified School District. American Canyon is home to three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. NVUSD is planning to construct two new elementary schools and a new middle school in the near term. Napa Valley College is approximately 6 miles north and Solano Community College is 15 miles east in Fairfield. Several universities are in close proximity to American Canyon including Touro University at Mare Island, California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo and Pacific Union College north of Napa.

American Canyon offers a multitude of things to do, especially if you love the outdoors. Consider visiting and exploring one of our existing (or soon to be developed) natural attractions and recreational outlets: 

American Canyon is a very engaged community and local events are popular and well attended. Our events include small ones, like our annual Nerf Battle, to one of our largest signature events, the 4th of July Celebration, which is regularly attended by an estimated 3,000 people.

Events that are held each year include our Community Recognition Ball, Earth Day Amcan by the Bay, Community Wide Yard Sale Weekend, our Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies, Snow Day, and many more. Check the Community Calendar for more about this year’s events.