Bowers Mansion Regional ParkCAMPFIRE & CHARCOAL GRILL RESTRICTIONS:
Please be advised that the Washoe County park system is aligned with Nevada Public Land Agencies in restricting campfires and the use of charcoal pits at all parks until fire restrictions are lifted. Fires, campfires or barbecues using wood, charcoal or other materials with the exception of portable stoves/grills using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are prohibited.
Bowers Mansion has reopened for tours after extensive exterior restoration work! (Masks will be required and tours will be limited to 5 people per tour).
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is pleased to announce the opening of Bowers Mansion for weekend and holiday tours beginning on Saturday, August 29th, 2020. The mansion underwent extensive exterior restoration work in the preceding five months to improve the sustainability and beauty of this iconic, historic landmark in Washoe County.
4005 Bowers Mansion Road, New Washoe City, NV 89704 (click here to view a map)
Park Ranger Office: (775) 849-1825
Bowers Mansion Regional Park is located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately 20 miles south of Reno on old 395. Expansive sunny lawn areas and lots of tall shade trees make this a perfect spot for picnics. There are two group picnic pavilions (reservable) as well as many individual picnic sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park also offers a seasonal outdoor pool, two children's playgrounds and the Historic Bowers Mansion.
Bowers Mansion Regional Park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. For photos of some of these species, click here. We have also been working with a local Wildlife Photographer to capture pictures and videos of the parks wildlife. You can see all of this on the parks Facebook Page.
Civil War Event
As a result of COVID-19, the Civil War event on Saturday, May 9th has been CANCELED. For future event dates, keep an eye on our calendar of events page.
The mansion and its history has been featured in various videos & articles. Click the links below to view them:
'Knowing Nevada' video (News 4)
Legendary Nevadans: Eilley LegendBowers of Washoe Valley (Travel Nevada)
Biography of Alison (Eilley) Oram Bowers (Nevada Women's History Project)
'Mysteries at the Castle' (Season 3, Episode 3) This episode aired on January 22, 2016. (skip to 29:19 in the video)
Bonanza (Season 1, Episode 7) - Aired on October 24, 1959, the mansion is shown at the end of the show (48:30 in the video) as the home constructed by Annie O’Toole after striking it rich.
Please note that due to the historical significance, pets are not allowed at Bowers Mansion Regional Park with the exception of service animals.
The day use individual picnic areas are available on a first come, first serve basis. The Comstock Pavilion and Washoe Pavilion are available by reservation only. For availability or to request a reservation, click here or contact Park Reservations at (775) 823-6501.
Bowers Mansion Pool
The William N. Pennington Foundation has donated over $500,000 to renovate the Bowers Mansion Pool over the years. This "Z" shaped, 44 meter, heated outdoor pool operates seasonally and includes easy entry ladders, a 1 meter spring board, and a hydraulic lift. A wading pool is also available for young children. For more information, visit the Bowers Mansion Pool webpage or call 775-849-0644.
Historic Bowers Mansion
The historic Bowers Mansion is located within the park and offers a rare glimpse into Nevadan life of the 1860's. L.S. "Sandy" Bowers and his psychic wife, Eilley Oram, earned a fortune in their silver mine near Gold Hill, Nevada and became Nevada's first Comstock Lode millionaires. With their wealth, they built the mansion in 1864 and then traveled the world to furnish it. It is now one of the most impressive restored homes in Nevada. The mansion is open seasonally for weekend guided tours and there is a small visitor center located directly behind the mansion. For more information, visit the Bowers Mansion webpage or call 775-849-0201.
Facilities: Historic Bowers Mansion, Bowers Pool, Comstock Pavilion, Washoe Pavilion, Visitor Center, Children's Playgrounds, Picnic Areas