Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

Regional Parks and Open Space is part of Washoe County's Community Services Department. Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. Washoe County manages over 12,000 acres including over 10,000 acres of open space, 49 parks, an Arboretum, developed trails, trailheads, athletic fields, golf courses, a campground, a shooting facility, an archery facility, a museum, and so much more! If you have a favorite outdoor activity, chances are it can be done in a Washoe County Park!


Highlights & Current Events 

The May Arboretum Society's Annual Plant Sale is Coming!

plant sale stock photoSaturday, May 30th, 8:00am-12:00pm
Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street

This is a gardener's dream sale with more than 2,500 plants. Find unique, hard-to-find, and native plants diverse in selection and size. The sale will continue June 1st-June 5th from 10:00am-2:30pm at the Lath House while supplies last. Visit www.mayarboretumsociety.org for more details.

 Quail Quest poster
Quail Quest: Truckee Meadows Treasure Hunt

Saturday, June 13th, 8am-8pm
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Office, Idlewild Park (City of Reno Park)
50 Cowan Drive, Reno

An all day photo scavenger hunt to the 200+ parks, trails, and open spaces in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. Read more about it at on the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation webpage.


Bowers Mansion is Open for the 2015 Season!Bowers Mansion

See the Bower's Mansion webpage for more details including the schedule for Programs on the Porch, and check back often for updates on events throughout summer.


Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild Demonstrations & Historic Huffaker School Open HouseHistoric Huffaker School House

Select Saturdays throughout 2015
Historic Huffaker School House
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road

The Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild are a group of local craft artists that promote appreciation and knowledge of fiber arts in our community through demonstration, and encourage others to take up spinning and weaving to keep the fiber arts alive. The Historic Huffaker School will be open between 9am and 3pm for viewing of live demonstrations by the Spinners and Weavers, and for self guided tours. Park Rangers will be offering guided tours of the historic school house at 1pm. Dates include Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in 2015. This is a free event.


Click here for a listing of several events taking place in parks managed by Washoe County in the upcoming months.



Off-leash pasture at Rancho San Rafael Park closing due to drought

View the press release and check out the Dog Parks webpage for other off-leash options.

Washoe County Parks are Conserving Water

Washoe County is actively conserving water in several ways as we enter what is expected to be an extremely dry summer. Washoe County is reducing water use by ten percent at all County parks, except those irrigated by treated (reclaimed/effluent) or ditch water. The public should call 775-328-2311 to report a water leak at a County Park. Click here to learn how the County is conserving water through a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

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