Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Park Ranger: (775) 785-4512
The park has an enchanting variety of facilities. Don't be fooled by the sagebrush and dusty trail on the north side of the park. There are mysteries to explore and discoveries to be made in the wetland habitat. The historic Ranch House is a beautiful way to add a touch of old west to any event. To learn more about the history of Rancho San Rafael, click here.
This park is also home to the Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum.
Activities: BBQ/Picnicking, Biking, Bird Watching, Exercise Course, Fishing, Gardens, Hiking/Walking Trails, Horseshoe Pits, Horticultural Areas, Jogging, Multi-purpose Fields, Museum, Photography, Playgrounds, Volleyball
Facilities: May Museum, May Arboretum, Chinese Pagoda, Lions Highland, Peavine Pavilion, Ranch House
For details about each of the facilities, please click on the appropriate links above or contact the park office for more information. Group Reservation Guidelines
These guidelines were developed for those responsible for coordinating group picnics at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. We hope these few regulations will assist you in having a successful event and also will help us in maintaining park resources for future generations.
Please leave picnic areas essentially as clean as you found them. All trash and litter should be put in trash receptacles; extra liners my be obtained from a Ranger if needed. Tables should be returned to their original locations. If grills need to be emptied of ashes during your event, please contact a Ranger. Never use trash receptacles for this purpose.
Turf is difficult to maintain in areas that receive high usage, especially in hot weather. Help us keep Rancho San Rafael green by not dumping ice on the grass (put it in ponds or ditches), by not tossing eggs, or painting markers of any kind on the lawns. Vehicles are not allowed on the turf at any time unless prior approval has been received from the Park Ranger. Dunk tanks, slip-n-slides, pinatas, confetti/glitter, helium, air and water balloons are NOT allowed. Air trampolines (bounce houses) will be allowed with prior approval. Please check with the Park Ranger prior to pounding anything into the turf as sprinkler lines and heads are easily damaged and costly to repair.
PLEASE NOTE: AMPLIFIED SOUND IS NOT ALLOWED IN WASHOE COUNTY PARKS.
Your group must be out of the park at closing times; therefore alcoholic beverages should not be served during the last hour of your event. Other games, activities etc., should also conclude to allow time for clean-up and loading.
Please leave pets at home as they are not allowed in the picnic areas or on the turf and it is unwise to leave them in vehicles.
Your cooperation and assistance with the above guidelines is greatly appreciated.