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2014 Upcoming Events 

Sierra Nevada Autumn Photo Exhibit
October 1-30th, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road

An impressive assortment of fall photography is on display at Bartley Ranch Regional Park's Western Heritage Interpretive Center through the month of October. The exhibit is free to the public and will be open daily from 8am to 5pm. Visitors will be asked to vote for a "people's choice" award and all participating photographers will be asked to vote for an "artist's choice" award. There is no entry fee. The exhibit will be closed on Nevada Day, October 31st. 


Don't miss the upcoming "Fall Photo Hikes" series!
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, first 4 Fridays in October

This series is meant to provide amateur photographers and hiking enthusiasts alike with the opportunity to capture their own spectacular fall photography. Join Washoe County Park Rangers on the first four Fridays in October and explore some of our area's most scenic trails. Bring a jacket, a sturdy pair of hiking boots, a bottle of water, and of course your favorite camera. The hikes will take between 1-2 hours, weather permitting.

Friday, October 3rd at 5:00pm - Upper Thomas Creek Trail
Meet at Thomas Creek Trailhead at the end of Timberline Road.

Friday, October 10th at 5:00pm - Hunter Creek Trail
Meet at Michael D. Thompson Trailhead at the end of Woodchuck Circle.

Friday, October 17th at 4:00pm - The Interpretive Nature Trail at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi
Meet at the lower parking area in the park off of Crystal Park Road.

Friday, October 24th at 4:00pm - Ranch Loop and Flume Trail at Bartley Ranch Regional Park
The meeting place will be at the Historic Huffaker School at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

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The Wilbur May Center Presents
the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Walk!

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street 
Saturday, October 18th from 5:00pm-8:00pm

Bring the whole family for a festive stroll through the Museum and Arboretum to see 500 uniquely carved pumpkins lit up and on display! Trick-or-treating for kids. Costumes encouraged! This event is stroller friendly and not-too-spooky. $5 per person, tickets on sale now at the May Museum! Tickets will also be available at the door. Call 775-785-5961 for more information.

Please note that the May Arboretum will close to the public at 3:00pm in order for staff to set up for the event.

Thank you to Moana Nursery for donating 200 pumpkins, the May Arboretum Society for donating the funds to purchase 100 pumpkins, and Granite Construction, Supply & Sign Shop for donating the light towers.



Volunteer for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful's
"Make A Difference Day"

Saturday, October 25th from 8:00am to noon
Register online at  

Congratulations KTMB on your 25th Anniversary! 
Tickets available for the Silver Celebration at
October 29, 2014 - 5:30pm @ Great Basin's Taps and Tanks



"Ranching at Rancho" Open House at Rancho San Rafael Park
Every Saturday June 7th thru November 22nd, 10am-1pm
Bring the family for a fun, free, ranching themed open house in the main barn area. Each week features a new theme from goats to tractors to chickens, and everything else in between. Check back for details on the weekly theme!




On behalf of our community partner, Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, we want to alert you to the temporary closure of the road from Verdi to Fleish Bridge. This section of roadway will remain closed through the end of the year until constuction is complete. In the meantime, there are alternate sections of Bikeway to explore. Visit for more information, or pick up a copy of Washoe County Park's Truckee Meadows Trail Guide.

Trails challenge posterHave you taken the Truckee Meadows Trail Challenge?
Get fit by exploring your parks with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation! The Trails Challenge is a brand new program in partnership with Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks. Designed for all ages and ability levels, the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge is a great opportunity to explore countless miles of park trails while improving your health, body and mind. Read more about it HERE or visit!

Get a head start by downloading a PDF of Truckee Meadows Trails Guide!


Please check back often as we will continue to add events and announcements through the summer! Also "LIKE" Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space on Facebook for updates!

Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources.

Regional Open Space and Natural Resource Management Plan

For details about our parks and reservable facilities, please use one of the PDF links below. 

Parks Guide        
Parks Guide           Reservable Facilities Guide                Trail Guide