Parks and Open Space

Bowers Mansion

The Historic Bowers Mansion is located within Bowers Mansion Regional Park.Bowers Mansion

Tour back in time to Nevada's heyday and see how Comstock millionaires Eilley and Sandy Bowers lived the posh life in Washoe Valley. Picnic, swim and play on the grounds as every generation of visitors has done since the Victorian era.


Bowers Mansion is open seasonally (weekends and holidays), usually from Memorial Day through Nevada Day weekend. Tours are every hour, on the hour, from 11:00am-4:00pm. Summer group tours are also available by appointment. Call the mansion for details at (775) 849-0201 or email Mansion Curator Tammy Buzick at

Thank you to all those who helped make the 2018 season at Bowers Mansion a great one! The 2019 season will kick-off with a Civil War Reenactment on Saturday, May 18th from 10am to 3pm. In the mean time, click here for a walk-through tour of your own.

Adults (ages 18-61) - $9
Seniors (ages 62+) - $6
Children (ages 6-17) - $6
Children ages 5 and under are free.


The history of Bowers Mansion has been featured in various videos & articles. Click the links below to view them:

'Washoe Way Back' video

'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)

1955 Episode of 'Death Valley Days' about Eilley Bowers

'Mysteries at the Castle' Episode 303, skip to 35:10 in the video (Travel Channel)


Civil War Reenactment


Bowers Mansion will begin its 2019 tour season with a Civil War reenactment! Return to the days of Nevada's statehood, bring a picnic lunch, enjoy the grounds and tour the mansion. The ongoing Civil War exhibits and demonstrations are free. Self-guided tours of the historic Bowers Mansion will be available for $7 Adults, $5 Children & Seniors.
Programs on the Porch


The 2018 series is over, but please check back in late spring for details on Summer 2019! 
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a Friday evening of live music from 7pm-8pm, Chautauqua performances, and cowboy poetry from the historic Bowers Mansion porch! This series is free, however donations are happily accepted for the performers. Click here to download the 2018 flyer.

The Grounds


* Bowers Mansion Pool     * Individual picnic sites (1st Come, 1st Serve)     * Group picnic areas (call 775-823-6501 to reserve)     * Children's playgrounds     * Hiking trail to the Bowers family grave site

Pet Policy

Please note that due to the historical significance, pets are not allowed at Bowers Mansion Regional Park with the exception of service animals.

Contact Us

Bowers Mansion Curator, Tammy Buzick at (775) 849-0201
Bowers Mansion Regional Park - Park Ranger Office at (775) 849-1825


map with directionsFrom Reno:
- Take I-580 south towards Carson City and take Exit 50
- Turn right (south) onto Old US Highway 395 for 1.4 miles

From Carson City:
- Take I-580 north towards Reno and take Exit 44 (Eastlake Blvd.)
- Turn left onto Eastlake Blvd. and go under freeway. Then, turn right (north) onto Old US Highway 395 for 5.6 miles


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