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2014 Upcoming Events    

Gingerbread Contest
Saturday, December 13th
May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Build a gingerbread creation and enter it in the contest, or come out to view the entries with the whole family. The event will also feature holiday musical presentations from local school children, other "hands-on" activities for children and adults alike, and free entrance to the Wilbur D. May Museum. To encourage all members of the family to participate, prizes will be awarded in four categories:

Adult houses - entrants over 16 years of age
Family houses - primary entrant under 16 years of age
Professional houses - baker/caterer including culinary arts students
Open category - for those that want to take their gingerbread creations beyond the traditional

In addition, all entries are eligible to compete for the "People's Choice" award! Winners will be announced at 2:00pm. Entries will be ranked based on overall appearance, originality, creativity, and craftsmanship.




Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild demonstrations and Historic Huffaker School Open House
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road

The Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild are a group of local craft artists that promote appreciation and knowledge of fiber arts in our community through demonstation, and encourage others to take up spinning and weaving to keep the fiber arts alive. The Historic Huffaker School will be open between 9am and 3pm for viewing of live demonstrations by the Spinners and Weavers, and for self guided tours. Park Rangers will be offering guided tours of the historic school house at 2pm. Dates include: Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in 2015. This is a free event.


Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series
Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch

Come in from the cold Saturday evenings from January through March with a warm drink and some great local artists. Each program begins at 7pm with doors opening at 5pm. Seating is limited to 200 persons. A suggested donation of $3 per person is requested.

Come in from the Cold 2015 Schedule
Jan. 10- Northern Nevada Bluegrass             Feb. 14- Garbardine Sisters Radio Show
Jan. 17- Slide Mountain Band                       Feb. 21- Contraband
Jan. 24- Strange on the Range                    Feb. 28- Richard Elloyan
Jan. 31- Highway 40                                   Mar. 7- Blarney Band
Feb. 7- Jim Buehler                                     Mar. 14- Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra



On behalf of our community partner, Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, we want to alert you to the temporary closure of the road from Verdi to Fleish Bridge. This section of roadway will remain closed through the end of the year until constuction is complete. In the meantime, there are alternate sections of Bikeway to explore. Visit for more information, or pick up a copy of Washoe County Park's Truckee Meadows Trail Guide.

Trails challenge posterHave you taken the Truckee Meadows Trail Challenge?
Get fit by exploring your parks with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation! The Trails Challenge is a brand new program in partnership with Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks. Designed for all ages and ability levels, the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge is a great opportunity to explore countless miles of park trails while improving your health, body and mind. Read more about it HERE or visit!

Get a head start by downloading a PDF of Truckee Meadows Trails Guide!


Please check back often as we will continue to add events and announcements through the summer! Also "LIKE" Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space on Facebook for updates!

Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources.

Regional Open Space and Natural Resource Management Plan

For details about our parks and reservable facilities, please use one of the PDF links below. 

Parks Guide        
Parks Guide           Reservable Facilities Guide                Trail Guide