Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

Get ready to heat the oven and pull out the frosting, its time to register for this year's Gingerbread House Competition!

Gingerbread House*Entry forms must be received by 12/5*
9th Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Festival
Saturday, December 10, 12:00pm to 3:30pm
May Museum at Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

The May Arboretum Society invites you to participate in the 9th Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Festival by creating your own edible house. Entries must be constructed of edible materials, and there is a $10 entrance fee. Visit the May Arboretum Society website for the official rules, details, categories, and to register. All registrations must be received by Monday, December 5th and only 100 entries will be accepted. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category and a "People's Choice" ribbon will be awarded based on a vote of the general public in attendance at the Festival.

Northwest Reno Library Speaker Series presents Holiday Hiking & Outdoor Opportunities with Rangers John & Nickwinter hike

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Northwest Reno Library
2325 Robb Drive, Reno

Washoe County Park Rangers John and Nick will talk about snowshoe and hiking options in our parks, as well as other park programs coming up as part of the library's Speaker Series. Click here to download the event flyer.


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

Saturday Dec. 10, 2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
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. This is a free event.

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. 


Come in from the Cold 2017

The Come in from the Cold 2017 Seasion schedule is now available. 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 performance. The 2017 season will run Saturdays at 7 pm from January 7 through March 18. Doors open for each performance at 5 pm, beverages and a snack are provided, and a donation of $3 per person is suggested. Seating is limited. For more information and the schedule, please visit the event's page, or call 775-785-4512x106.

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.

Click here for Washoe County Parks facebook page Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is on Facebook!