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

The May Arboretum proudly presents DRAGON LIGHTSdragon lights

Open nightly Jun. 30 thru Aug. 5
Sun. thru Thurs. 7pm-10pm;
Fri. & Sat. 7pm-11pm
Wilbur D. May Arboretum @ Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

The magic starts at sunset! See illuminated lantern sculptures - dazzling works of art that light up the night along a paved path at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens - and enjoy live performances and craft demonstrations. Food and drink are available for purchase as well as artwork by Chinese artisans. Visit www.DragonLightsReno.com for more info!

Please note: The Arboretum will be free and open to the public between 8am-6pm. Gates will close at 6pm each day and a ticket will be required for entry. The Arboretum gates will continue to close after 6pm through August 10th to allow for exhibit teardown.


Explore Washoe County Parks with monthly Ranger-led hikes during "Walk with Washoe"walk with washoe

Tuesday evenings
6/19, 7/17 & 8/21 @ 6:30pm
7/26 @ 7:30pm
9/18, 10/2 @ 5:30pm

Washoe County Manager, John Slaughter, invites the community to explore nature through all the scenic parks and trails Washoe County has to offer through "Walk with Washoe". This year's popular program will also offer a new Moonlight Walk to enjoy the beauty of nature at night for the more adventurous crowd. CLICK HERE for more specifics on park locations and meet up spots.  

Lazy 5 Summer Concert Series heats up Wednesday evenings!concert

Wednesday evenings @ 6:30pm
June 6 - August 1
Lazy 5 Regional Park
7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs

You are invited to get your groove on with this FREE weekly concert series! CLICK HERE to view the 2018 lineup. By popular demand, a food truck will be available! You are also welcome to bring dinner or snacks in a small cooler. For the comfort and enjoyment of all guests, bring blankets or LOW BACK chairs. Please NO PETS or glass containers.  

Parks offers Galena Campfire Program under the stars!marshmallows

Friday evenings, 8-9:00pm
Marshmallow roasting at 7:30pm
June 22 - July 27
Eagle Meadow, north entrance to Galena Creek Park
18250 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno

We are proud to welcome back toe-tapping, marshmallow-toasting evenings under the stars with "Galena Campfire Programs", taking place at Eagle Meadow at Galena Creek Regional Park beginning Friday, June 22nd at 7:30pm. The six-week program features a range of entertainment including bluegrass, folk music, cowboy poetry, and dance performances, plus fun, educational programs and marshmallow roasting, all taking place outdoors. Blankets, low-back chairs, bug spray and flashlights are recommended. Galena Campfire Programs are free to the public, however donations are encouraged. Come out to the park early to barbeque, or bring a picnic dinner. Leashed dogs are welcome. View the event poster listing performers here!

Fun Family Entertainment at "Evenings On The Ranch"Evenings on the ranch

Wednesday evenings, program starts @ 7pm
Historic ranch tours begin @ 6pm
July 11-August 1
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

Please join us at Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Wednesday evenings for Evenings On The Ranch. Bring your family out for a night of cowboy entertainment and ranch tours! Tours begin at 6pm and live entertainment starts at 7pm. Click here to see the 2018 schedule. A $3 donation is requested.

My Town, Reno Street Photography Exhibit at Barltey RanchWHIC

July 1-31, 2018
Western Heritage Interpretive Center
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Barltey Ranch Road, Reno

The public is invited to enjoy this free photography exhibit which includes candid street scenes, people, and architecture as captured by the camera lens. The exhibit will be open daily from 8am-5pm. Any questions, contact Park Ranger John Keese at (775) 828-6613.

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. 


Bowers Mansion Swim Lesson Registration is now open!

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 and get the link to the registration portal. 

Trail Reconstruction in Progress

Trail access will be temporarily limited through mid-September while crews are working hard to improve and reconstruct our trail system. The following tails and parks will be impacted (in no particular order): Ballardini trails, Betsy Caughlin Donnelly paved trails, Browns Creek trails, Crystal Peak Park's nature trail, Dorostkar nature trail, Galena Creek trails, Hidden Valley Park trails, Huffaker Hills trails, Lockwood trails, Rancho San Rafael trails, Thomas Creek trails (between Timberline and Arrowcreek Park), and Whites Creek trails (between Timberline and Whites Creek Park). We apologize for any temporary inconvenience this summer, but hope you will enjoy these permanent improvements!  

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. This 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.

Forest Service to Use Sheep to Reduce Hazardous Fuels

As part of the Carson Ranger District's Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, sheep will be released to graze on two separate fuel reduction project areas. These sheep will help remove cheatgrass and other non-native vegetation from National Forest System lands which will include an area just west of the Arrowcreek Residential Area urban interface and within the Thomas Creek and Whites Creek watersheds north of Timberline Road. It is very important that dog owners hiking in these project areas keep their dogs leased at the trailheads and within one mile of the trailheads for the safety of both the dogs and the grazing sheep. Please view the press release for more information.

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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