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! 

Highlights & Current Events 

North Valleys Splash ParkWashoe County Aquatics Facilities are open weekends thru Labor Day!

North Valleys Water Splash Park at North Valleys Regional Park,  Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at Lazy 5 Regional Park, and Bowers Pool are open weekends through Labor Day! Check out their websites for more information on schedules, fees, and updates on any weather or maintenance related closures. Rather stay dry? Bowers Mansion is also still open weekends through October.


Ranching at Rancho returns - now featuring Pony Rides!

pony rides at ranchoSaturdays thru Nov 21st, 10:00am-1:00pm
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
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 pony ride for only $5! Themed Ranching at Rancho activities will only be offered on most Saturdays, but ride the ponies Saturdays or Sundays between 10am-1pm most weeks. Please check this page and Facebook for notification of cancellations, and please note that Ranching at Rancho will not take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 due to a special event.

Hawkins Amphitheater heats up this summer!

Amphitheater during ArtownBartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

This gorgeous outdoor venue will be offering a variety of options for spending a pleasant summer afternoon or evening under the stars. Check out the 2015 Schedule of Events for an updated listing. The season will begin mid-June and runs through October.


fall treeBartley Ranch Regional Park invites public to submit photos for this year's Sierra Nevada Autumn photography exhibit

Western Nevada Interpretive Center
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
Exhibit displays from Oct. 1-31, 8am-5pm
Photo submissions must be received by Friday, Sept. 25

Share your favorite fall-themed photographs with thousands of Washoe County park visitors. Participants are asked to submit no more than two framed and ready-to-hang photos that express views of autumn throughout Nevada and the Sierra. There is no entry fee, but you must fill out a participant application. Contact Bartley Ranch Park staff at (775) 828-6612 to make arrangements. Photographs will be on display throughout the month of October and is exhibit free to the public. View the entire press release here.


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

Select Saturdays throughout 2015
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. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in 2015. This is a free event.

Click here for a listing of several other events taking place in parks managed by Washoe County in the upcoming months.


You are invited to attend upcoming public workshops!

South Valleys Regional Park is getting an updated Master Plan and we would like to gather your input and ideas through interactive and inclusive design charrette sessions. Click here for more information on the hands on workshop Aug. 31 and open house Sept. 3, both at South Valleys Library.

Washoe County would like your feedback on recommendations to enhance both the Washoe Valley Byway and Mount Rose Scenic Byway through two upcoming public workshops. Click the links for more information on the Mount Rose Byway workshop happening Wednesday, Sept. 2 and the Washoe Valley Byway workshop happening Thursday, Sept. 3. Also visit our Cooridor Managment Plan page for additional information.

Tree removal at Galena Creek Regional Park

Washoe County Parks is currently working with the US Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry on a grant funded fuels reduction project at Galena Creek Regional Park. The process of intentional tree removal is important for our County Park, the neighboring community, and the overall health of the forest. Please click here to read more about why trees are being removed from this popular area.

Washoe County's Regional Shooting Range will be open on Labor Day

The Washoe County Regional Shooting Range will now be open on all holidays as part of ongoing efforts to get target shooters out of the hills and onto the range. Read more about it here, or visit the Regional Shooting Facility webpage.

Off-leash pasture at Rancho San Rafael Park closed for the season

The Highland Ditch, which is the sole source of water to Rancho's off leash pasture area, has been shut off by the Federal Water Master due to low water flows in the Truckee River. Sunday, June 7th was the last day the pasture was open to public use, including off-leash dogs, for the remainder of the summer and possibly into the fall and winter. View the press release for more specific information, and check out our Dog Parks page for a list of frequently asked questions and other off-leash options. Thank you - we appreciation your cooperation in preserving this valuable resource!

Washoe County Parks are Conserving Water

Washoe County is actively conserving water in several ways as we enter what is expected to be an extremely dry summer. Washoe County is reducing water use by ten percent at all County parks, except those irrigated by treated (reclaimed/effluent) or ditch water. The public should call 775-328-2311 to report a water leak at a County Park. Click here to learn how the County is conserving water through a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Washoe Golf Course will be impacted by drought

Washoe County will be reducing irrigation water at the Washoe Golf Course by 42 percent when the Steamboat Ditch is shut off by the Federal Water Master. The ditch is the popular golf course's primary source of water, and irrigating without it is a challenge. Read the press release for more complete details. 

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