Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

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 acres 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, view our Park Guide.


Highlights & Current Events 

Evenings on the Ranch at Bartley Ranch Regional ParkEvenings on the Ranch

Wednesday Evenings
Thru July 27, 7:00pm
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

Enjoy an evening of family fun every Wednesday in July at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. $5 pony rides and historic ranch tours begin at 6pm, with programming beginning at 7pm. View the schedule of events here.


Lazy 5 Regional Park 2016 FREE Summer Concert Series

lazy 5 concertWednesday Evenings
Thru Aug. 10
, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Lazy 5 Regional Park
7100 Pyramid Highway, Spanish Springs

You are invited to get your groove on at Lazy 5 Regional Park every Wednesday night beginning June 15. For the comfort and enjoyment of all guests, please bring blankets or LOW BACK chairs. Dinner or snacks in small coolers are welcome. Please NO PETS or glass containers. Thank you to the Atlantis and NV Energy for sponsoring the program, as well as several co-sponsors for making this a FREE event for the public's enjoyment. View the concert series poster for a listing of performers here. Please note that Escalade has been rescheduled to Aug. 10.


Galena Creek Regional Park Campfire Programs

campfire programFriday Nights
Thru Aug. 12, 8:00pm

Eagle Meadows at Galena Creek Regional Park (North Park Entrance)
18350 Mt. Rose Highway

Join Washoe County Park Rangers for this family-friendly program offered every Friday evening this summer with a different presenter each week. We'll have the campfire lit and marshmallows to roast for children young and old to enjoy! View the scheduled performers here. Eagle Meadows is located within the North Entrance to Galena Creek Regional Park above the Galena Visitor Center. This is a free program but a $3/per person donations will be happily accepted. Bring a flashlight, a blanket, and a low-back chair to enjoy the show!

Join County Manager John Slaughter and "Walk with Washoe"

1st & 3rd Tuesdays thru Oct. 4, 6:30pm
Various Washoe County Parks

Join Washoe County Manager John Slaughter as he embarks on a series of hikes to soak up the sights and sounds at Washoe County parks this summer during the inaugural Walk With Washoe. Washoe County is encouraging people to get outside to explore the outdoors and experience the physical and mental health benefits of exercise. As an added benefit, all of the hikes are part of the Truckee Meadows Trail Challenge, which is a Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation program. See the full schedule of hikes.


Honest Horses: A Portrait of the Mustang in the Great BasinHonest Horses

Open thru July 31
Daily 8:00am-5:00pm
Bartley Ranch Park - Western Heritage Interpretive Center
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

Honest Horses presents an uncommon view that demonstrates the significance of the wild horse in the American West. The photographs and narratives were made during 1999-2001, during which time Paula Morin photographed wild horse herds in their natural surroundings and recorded discussions with people whose lives are most intimately connected with them. Read more about the exhibit here. Each black and white photograph was developed, printed, and then colored by hand with oil-based paints. Free admission.


The Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basinsun and moon

Open thru July 31
Daily 8:00am-6:00pm
Rancho San Rafael Park - Visitor Center (next to Ranger office)
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

For more than half a century, Jean and Phillip Earl of Reno used clues from old maps, letters, and books to hunt for and document "Mountain Picassos", distinctive figures carved into aspen trees found in the high country meadows of the Great Basin. These figures, along with names, dates, and sayings, were carved by Basque sheepherders in the early to mid-20th century. Jean Earl evolved a unique method of preserving the carvings using canvas and artists' wax to create rubbings, two-dimensional representations of the carvings. View the exhibit postcard listing upcoming events, or read this informative article about the exhibit from KUNR.


The popular "Ranching at Rancho" series has returned!pony rides

Most Saturdays thru Nov. 20
10:00am - 1:00pm
Rancho San Rafael Park - Nevada Farms & Families Area
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

Bring the family for a fun, free ranching themed open house in the main barn area. Each week features a new theme from goats to tractors and everything else in between. Visit with our resident chickens and turkeys, cool off inside the Discovery Room, or your little one can enjoy a horse or pony ride for only $5 with Lorie's Pony Express! Themed Ranching at Rancho activities will only be offered on most Saturdays, but the Discovery Room and pony rides are available Saturdays and Sundays between 10am-1pm most weeks. Please check this page and Facebook for notifications of cancellations.

Summer Swim Lessons at Bowers Mansion PoolSwimLessons

Summer Swimming Lessons will be offered this summer at Bowers Mansion Pool. Print the Registration Form and send it in to reserve your spot now. We will be offering the American Red Cross Swimming Lesson Curriculum with a Preschool Aquatics Program (Tiny Tots - 3-5 yrs old) and a Learn to Swim Program (6 - 13 yrs). Lessons sessions run Mondays - Thursdays for 2 weeks.

Visit the Bowers Pool page for more detailed information on session dates, times, availability and registering. 


Discover your parks with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

TMPF logoThursday Evenings
Thru Aug. 25, 7pm
Various parks

In cooperation with their parks partners, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you. Explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in your area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from .5 miles to 2 miles. The walks are free and open to everyone. View the schedule of walks here.

Want to explore more trails? Take the Truckee Meadows Trail Challenge!


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.


Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild Demonstrations & Historic Huffaker School Open HouseHistoric Huffaker School House

Select Saturdays throughout 2016
Historic Huffaker School House
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

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 demonstration, 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 1pm. Dates include Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10, 2016. This is a free event.



The Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park hosts several exciting events throughout the summer months. Click here for a 2016 schedule



County sells Sky Ranch Park property, money to go towards future park needs in Spanish Springs

On April 27, 2016, Washoe County sold two parcels in Spanish Springs, known as Sky Ranch Park, which is located at the corner of La Posada Drive and Pyramid Way. View a map here. At the time the park was originally constructed, there was minimal development and abundant open space surrounding the park. With the tremendous growth in Spanish Springs over the past 30 years, this once rural area has grown tremendously, including the development of parks in the vicinity to meet the recreational needs of the community. With the location of Sky Ranch Park now at one of the areas busiest intersections, the Board of County Commissioners determined that using the land as a park was not in the best interest of Washoe County or the community. Proceeds from the sale of the park go back in to Park District 2C for future park development in Spanish Springs. For complete details, view the press release


Betsy Caughlin Donnelley Park Pasture Restoration

Betsy Caughlin Donnelley Park is currently undergoing pasture restoration due to effects of the drought.  During this process it is necessary to restrict public access to the pastures to ensure seed germination and new growth of the pasture grasses.  We thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Please see our complete list of other parks for your on and off-leash dog needs.  Click here.

For questions, please contact Parks Staff at (775) 828-6612.

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