Hidden Valley Regional Park is a large, 480-acre park in southeast Reno, of which 65 acres are developed. The park features the Clarence K. Bath Memorial Horse Arena with an announcer's stand and a grandstand area, a warmup arena, restrooms, a covered group picnic area (by permit only - click here for info), individual picnic areas (non-reservable), tennis & pickleball courts, a volleyball court, two children's playground areas, and many multi-use trails. The fully fenced Link Piazzo Dog Park is located within the park and has separate enclosures for both large and small dogs.
The day use individual picnic areas are available on a first come, first serve basis. The Vista Picnic Pavilion is available by reservation only. For availability or to request a reservation, click here or contact Park Reservations at (775) 823-6501.
Click below to watch a brief video of when the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation featured Hidden Valley Regional Park:
Statue of Link Piazzo located at the Nevada Humane Society Source: Paula Slater, M.A.
Built on 480-acres deeded to Washoe County from the Bureau of Land Management, Hidden Valley Regional Park has seen many additions and improvements since it opened in 1969. When the park was initially built, the neighborhood in that area was very new. The nearby Hidden Valley Country Club was built on the 900-acre F. V. Birbeck Ranch by four business executives, including Link Piazzo, in the late 1950s. Then in 1960, the land around the Hidden Valley Country Club was sold for development into a subdivision.
The dog park is named after Lincoln “Link” Piazzo, born in 1918. Link served in WWII as a B-25 pilot for the Army Air Corps and later in life he took up philanthropy which benefited many local organizations, such as the Nevada Humane Society and Hidden Valley Park. Piazzo passed away in 2014 at the age of 95 at his home in Hidden Valley.
The horse arena complex is named after Clarence Bath, who came to Reno in 1922. He was an avid horseman and helped to form the Nevada White Hats in the 1940s. He was the first American Horse Show steward in Nevada, a life member of the Nevada State Horsemen’s Association, and a member of the Comstock Arabian Horse Association. He spent time assisting youth become good horse owners before his death in 1967.
One fun historical fact about this park is that apparently, Hollywood heart-throbs Mike Douglas and James Brolin came out to Hidden Valley Regional Park to see singer Wayne Newton’s prize Arabian horses in 1973.