Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

WASHOE COUNTY PARK CLOSURE UPDATE AS OF 1/19/17: Lockwood Park and the Swan Lake Nature Study Area will remain closed until further notice due to extensive storm damage.

Both entrances of Galena Creek Regional Park are currently closed due to icy road conditions and continued snow removal. Due to the lack of available parking, it is best to avoid traveling to the park until we are able to open access to vehicles. Parking along the Mt. Rose highway to enter the park is very dangerous, and parking in the NDOT yard below the park's south entrance is also prohibited. For the most current conditions, please call the Galena Creek park office at 775-849-2511 or the Galena Visitor Center at 775-849-4948. We're working to get both entrances open to vehicle traffic as soon as possible. Please also check the Galena Creek Regional Park official Facebook page for posted updates.

All other previously closed Washoe County parks have reopened, but please use extra caution and watch for hazards such as slippery mud and falling branches. Please also continue to observe all closure signs throughout the parks as many areas are still unsafe for public use. Any updates during this upcoming weekend's storm will be posted on our Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Facebook page. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support!

Regional Parks and Open Space is part of Washoe County's Community Services Department. Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. Washoe County manages over 12,000 areas including over 10,000 acres of open space, 49 parks, an Arboretum, developed trails, trailheads, athletic fields, golf courses, a campground, a shooting facility, an archery facility, a museum, and so much more! If you have a favorite outdoor activity, chances are it can be done in a Washoe County Park! For more information on our parks, view our Park Guide.

Highlights & Current Events

Stay warm and cozy at Rancho San Rafael Park with Crafting at Ranchocrafting image

Each Sunday in January, 11:00am - 1:00pm 
Discovery Room in Nevada Farms and Family
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

Enjoy family friendly crafts inside the eclectic Discover Room every Sunday January 8 - 29. This free program is designed for children and their families. The Discovery Room can be found near the main barn in the Nevada Farms and Family area of the park, formally referred to as the Great Basin Adventure. For more details and weekly themes, visit the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park page on Facebook, or contact Park Ranger Marie Fong or Park Ranger Bob Holland.

cold outsideCome in From the Cold
at Bartley Ranch Regional Park

Saturdays, Jan. 7 - March 18
Program begins 7pm, doors open at 5pm
Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

This family entertainment series has been a mainstay in the community for over 20 years and has featured local entertainment from music, to poetry, to interpretive dance. The 2017 season begins on Saturday, January 7th and runs weekly through March 18. Doors open for each performance at 5pm with beverages and snacks provided. A donation of $3 per person is suggested. Seating is limited. For more information and the complete schedule, visit the event page or call (775) 785-4512 x106.


Geographical Divides: Finding Common Ground featured at Rancho San Rafael Park Visitor CenterSchmidt-Arango

Open daily through Jan. 30, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Visitor Center (next to Park Ranger office)

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

This exhibit features sixteen artists who were asked to explore the geographical and cultural differences in Nevada, if such differences truly exist. The assembly of printmakers - eight from the north, eight from the south - produced two prints from each collaborations. Visually exploring connections and disconnections between southern Nevada and northern Nevada cultural attitudes, aesthetics, and geographical distinctions - these sixteen artists communicated and visually responded to each other's unique economic, environmental, political, and social settings - further dissecting this notion of a splitting geography and/or communion of Nevada's polarities. Curated by Ann M. Hoff and Candace Nicol and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, Geographical Divides is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative - Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature, and is a free exhibit to the public.

Martin Luther King Day of Service BioBlitz with Truckee Meadows Parks FoundationTMPF logo

Monday, Jan. 16, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
305 Coretta Way, Black Springs

Help Truckee Meadows Park Foundation catalog the unique biodiversity of northern Nevada for the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will photograph and document plants, animals, and wildlife at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Guides, photos, and tools will be provided. View the event flyer here. This is a free, all ages event. For more info and directions, email Haley, or visit the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation website for more info and additional BioBlitz dates.

Programming at the Galena Creek Visitor Centergalena visitor center

Ongoing throughout the year
Galena Creek Regional Park
18250 Mt. Rose Hwy, Reno

The Galena Creek Visitor Center is a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute. The goal of the visitor center is to encourage understanding, appreciation and appropriate use of the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway. Check their website often or call 775-849-4948 for a listing of upcoming events including weekly guided hikes, monthly toddler time, and special Sunday morning programming. 


May Arboretum Fencing Project at Rancho San Rafael Park nears completion

The ongoing projects to fully fence the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is nearly complete. The fence will protect, preserve and conserve the arboretum's cultural history and secure its 4,000 trees, shrubs and plants, water features, natural wetlands, and 98 gardens. The arboretum will remain open during regular park hours. Funding for the project was provided by a generous donation from the May Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Also stay tuned for more information on the greenhouse beginning construction near the corner of Sierra Street and North McCarran!

Bridge Construction over Whites Creek

Attention Trail Users: During construction of a new bridge over Whites Creek, there will be a temporary trail closure along Whites Creek Trail to ensure trail user safety.  The closure is between Chartreuse Court and Mountain Ranch Road, roughly ½ mile.  Trail users will be directed to use Paris Avenue as a detour. View a map of the trail closure and detour. Construction should be completed in early winter and signs/fencing will be removed once it is safe to have the trail re-opened.  If you have questions/concerns, please contact Cheryl Surface at (775) 328-2039. Thank you for your patience. 

Updated Truckee Meadows Trails Guides are now availabletrails, washoe county, list

Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is excited to present then new Truckee Meadows Trail Guide featuring two additional trails: Ballardini Ranch Trail system and the Sugarloaf Trail. The 66-page guide features a variety of photos taken from various trails in the area, maps and a brief synopsis describing what each trail has to offer hikers. The guides can be downloaded here, or picked up at local bike shops, visitor centers, Scheels and Cabela's as well as Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks owned buildings. For complete details, view the press release.

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