- Type: Picnics, Parks & Gardens
NileGuide Expert Says:
The botantical gardens are varied and a great place to enjoy nature and maybe a book.
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Great Basin Adventure park is only open in the Summer and Fall.
- Ranch San Rafael Park near the University of Nevada, Reno is one of the largest parks in the area. It covers over 600 acres just northwest of downtown Reno and includes grassy fields, natural waterways and creeks, nature and walking trails, interpretive and natural botanical gardens, picnic areas, playgrounds and a huge dog park.
Rancho San Rafael Park is home to the Wilbur D. May Center, which includes the May Museum, May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Great Basin Adventure, and a restored ranch house that can be rented for events and meetings. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is home to two of Reno's big events - the Great Reno Balloon Race and the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest.
For runners, this is a great place to run. You can do a loop around the entire park and pass by lakes, streams, marshes, gardens, hills and various exercise equipment where you can stop and work on other muscles besides your quadriceps.
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