Parks and Open Space

Davis Creek Regional Park

West side of Washoe Valley, US 395 South (click here to view a map)

Park Ranger Office: (775) 849-0684

Davis Pond

Located 20 miles south of Reno, this year-round recreational destination includes over 200 acres of pine and sage desert nestled against Slide Mountain on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Outdoor recreational opportunities include a campground with hot showers, scenic picnic areas surrounding a small fishing pond, hiking trails, an equestrian friendly trailhead, two reservable group camping areas, a large reservable group picnic area, an outdoor amphitheater and various interpretive programs. Be prepared for outstanding views of Washoe Lake and Slide Mountain while visiting Davis Creek Regional Park. Click here to view a map of the park.

Davis Creek Regional Park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Click here to view the species list. For photos of some of these species, click here.

Picnic Areas

Individual Picnic Areas

The day use individual picnic areas are available on a first come, first serve basis. The Lakeview Picnic Area is available by reservation only. For availability or to request a reservation, click here or contact Park Reservations at (775) 823-6501.

Trails

Discovery Trail through woods

  • .7 mile Nature Trail around the pond - click here for the interpretive trail guide
  • 1.7 mile Discovery Trail that circles the park
  • 7.5 mile Ophir Creek Trail, which winds up the mountain to Price Lake and the Tahoe Meadows

For a trail map, click here

Programming

Interpretive programs include guided hikes, Junior Ranger Activity Guide and selected events in the park's outdoor amphitheater.

Story Stroll at Davis Creek (future dates TBD)story stroll

In partnership with the Washoe County Library System and the Washoe County School District, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space offered two story strolls in 2018 to promote reading, highlight our local park, and engage our community. The strolls took place along the 0.7 mile loop Nature Trail, encircling the pond. For a look at our first Story Stroll (Spring of 2018), click here.

Campground

Open year-round, the Davis Creek Campground has 62 overnight campsites available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless otherwise reserved. Although there are no hook-ups, longer travel trailers (32 foot max) can be accommodated at 19 sites. Hot showers are available year round. For availability or to request a reservation, click here or contact Park Reservations at (775) 823-6501.

Park History

Winters Ranch History

Davis Creek Regional Park was once a part of the 4,000 acre Winters Ranch. The ranch was well known in the early 1900's for its Thoroughbred horses. A race track was located near what is now the park entrance. During the winter, ice was cut on the park pond and used in the mines of Virginia City and for domestic use. Much of the timber on the hillsides above the park was cut for lumber in the late 1800's. The scenic area around the pond was a favorite spot for the Winter's family picnics and gatherings during the summer months. Today, the large pines add to the peaceful atmosphere of the park which was opened to the public in 1968.
 


Activities: BBQ/Picnicing,  Bird Watching,  Fishing,  Camping,  Hiking/Walking Trails,  Equestrian Trails,  Horseshoe Pits,  Volleyball Court,  Interpretive Programs,  Junior Ranger ProgramPhotography
 
Facilities: Lakeview Group Picnic Area,  Individual Picnic Areas,  RV Group Camp Area,  Tent Group Camp Area,  Equestrian-friendly Trailhead,  Outdoor Amphitheater

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