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 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

Bowers Mansion Swim Lesson Registration Begins April 9!

Bowers Mansion Swim Lessons are a popular summer activity. This year, registration will be through our new online registration portal. CLICK HERE to see this year's Lesson schedule. 

Register now for the Healthy Parks Healthy People 5K Fun Run/Walk & FREE Kids' Obstacle Course!Healthy Parks Healthy People logo

Saturday, April 21st @ 9am
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

As part of its Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Truckee Meadows initiative, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, in partnership with Washoe County, is proud to present their Healthy Parks Healthy People 5k Fun Run/Walk and FREE Kids Obstacle Course at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. The 5K (3.1 miles) begins at 9am with the free Kids' Obstacle Course following directly after at 10am. Through April 14th, run registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt. After April 14th, registration is $30. Parents must pre-register children. Registration will also be available on the day of from 8am-9am. Run proceeds will benefit Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation's Stewards Summer Camp.
Visit this link for more information and to register!

Spring Community Clean-Up Day at the Wilbur D. May ArboretumDaffodils

Saturday, April 28
May Arboretum in Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

Help the Wilbur D. May Arboretum, located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, freshen up for spring with this all-ages, family friendly volunteer event. Projects will include raking leaves and other beautification focused work. Tools and bags will be supplied. Meet in front of the Arboretum office to sign-in and grab some coffee and a breakfast treat supplied by Costco. Please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator Denise Evans at (775) 785-4512 x107 if you plan to bring a group. 

Learn and Explore at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum

Ongoing throughout the yearlearn and explore
Located within Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

It's a new year which means new programs for the community and schools at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden. We are proud to present Wilbur's Explorer Pack and the Naturalist Program. Check out the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden website and see where your next outdoor adventure can take you.

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. 


Washoe County Parks Master Plan Survey

Washoe County is developing its County wide Parks Master Plan. We are looking to you, the residents of Washoe County to help develop this plan and determine the future needs of the public within these parks facilities. If you missed one of our public workshops, there is still time to share your opinions with this survey: http://parksurvey.woodpolls.com.

For further information please contact Dennis Troy, Park Planner at 328-2059 or dtroy@washoecounty.us


The Link Piazzo Dog Park will be temporarily closed for annual turf renovations beginning on Monday, April 16th. The dog park will re-open on Monday, May 7th. We appreciate your patience, and encourage you to visit our Dog Parks page for a directory of other dog parks in Washoe County.

Attention: Visitors to Galena Creek Regional Park

The Nevada Division of Forestry will conduct vegetation and fuels management within Galena Creek Regional Park this spring, with a focus on forest health and public safety. Ths project will cause occasional impacts to trail access throughout the park. Affected areas will be posted with safety signage, so please watch for temporary trail closures. Areas that will be affected are mainly south of Galena Creek near the Galena Fish Hatchery and Camp We Ch Me Lodge, but may also include areas surrounding Marilyn's Pond, the Bitterbrush Trail and the Nature Trail at times. For your safety, please do not enter closed areas. Note: Access to the Jones/Whites Creek Trail will NOT be impacted during this project. For more information, please call the Galena Creek park office at 775-849-2511. You may also contact the park office for information on the availability of firewood generated from this project. Please do not collect firewood without permission.

Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Guide!

Looking for engaging, park-based activities to do with your children? Our Junior Ranger Activity Guides are now available! Download the guide or pick up a copy at your local park office. This free program can be done at your own pace, is flexible enough to appeal to a large age range, and can be completed at any combination of Washoe County parks. Visit our Become a Junior Ranger page for complete details.

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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