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 4th annual Great May Center Pumpkin Walk is coming!pumpkin path

May Museum & Arboretum, Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 North Sierra Street
Friday, October 9, 5:30pm-8:30pm

This highly anticipated Halloween event will feature 500 hand carved pumpkins lit along a path beginning at the May Museum and winding through the May Arboretum. This non-spooky, family friendly event is fun for all ages! Costumes are encouraged and there will be trick-or-treat stations for the kids. Tickets are currently available for presale at the May Museum and will also be available at the door on the night of the event. $5 per person and children 2 and under are free.

Thank you to our sponsors Moana Nursery, Rail City Garden Center and the May Arboretum Society for the donation of pumpkins, Granite Construction for donating light stands, and RT Donovan for composting the pumpkins after the event!

fall tree

Bartley Ranch Regional Park invites public to submit photos for this year's Sierra Nevada Autumn photography exhibit

Western Nevada Interpretive Center
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
Exhibit displays from Oct. 1-31, 8am-5pm
Photo submissions must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 30

Share your favorite fall-themed photographs with thousands of Washoe County park visitors. Participants are asked to submit no more than two framed and ready-to-hang photos that express views of autumn throughout Nevada and the Sierra. There is no entry fee, but you must fill out a participant application. Contact Bartley Ranch Park staff at (775) 828-6612 to make arrangements. Photographs will be on display throughout the month of October and is exhibit free to the public. View the entire press release here.

Ranching at Rancho returns - now featuring Pony Rides!

pony rides at ranchoSaturdays thru Nov 21st, 10:00am-1:00pm
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

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 and everything else in between. Visit with our resident chickens and turkeys, cool off inside the Discovery Room, or your little one can enjoy a pony ride for only $5! Themed Ranching at Rancho activities will only be offered on most Saturdays, but ride the ponies Saturdays or Sundays between 10am-1pm most weeks. Please check this page and Facebook for notification of cancellations, and please note that Ranching at Rancho will not take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 due to a special event.


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, Reno

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.


Washoe County Community Services Department-Parks has initiated an update of the South Valleys Regional Park Master Plan.  Click here.

Tree removal at Galena Creek Regional Park

Washoe County Parks is currently working with the US Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry on a grant funded fuels reduction project at Galena Creek Regional Park. The process of intentional tree removal is important for our County Park, the neighboring community, and the overall health of the forest. Please click here to read more about why trees are being removed from this popular area.

Off-leash pasture at Rancho San Rafael Park remains closed

The Highland Ditch, which is the sole source of water to Rancho's off leash pasture area, was shut off by the Federal Water Master due to low water flows in the Truckee River. Sunday, June 7th was the last day the pasture was open to public use, including off-leash dogs. This closure is expected to remain in effect until at least spring of 2016. View the press release for more specific information, and check out our Dog Parks page for a list of frequently asked questions and other off-leash options. Thank you - we appreciation your cooperation in preserving this valuable resource!

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.

Washoe Golf Course will be impacted by drought

Washoe County will be reducing irrigation water at the Washoe Golf Course by 42 percent when the Steamboat Ditch is shut off by the Federal Water Master. The ditch is the popular golf course's primary source of water, and irrigating without it is a challenge. Read the press release for more complete details. 

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