Nature & Wildlife in Reno

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  • For a casino town, Reno has a surprising amount of areas to see nature and wildlife. Most of these areas are city parks or some of the trails in the nearby foothills. For some fun views of the city and maybe even a glimpse of some fat marmots, visit Windy Hill, just above Bartley Ranch.

    In the downtown river parks of Wingfield, Idlewild and the Oxbow Nature area you can see various animals such as beaver, birds, waterfowl and even do some fishing. At the large park of Rancho San Rafael near the University of Nevada you can see birds, squirrels and chipmunks and maybe even a deer or coyote.

    Just outside of town you can do some nature walks at Davis Creek State Park and the nearby Ophir Creek Trail as well as the Bower's Mansion State Park. Right by these parks is the Washoe Lake State Park which is excellent for boating, horseback riding and fishing. Closer to Reno is the beautiful Galena Creek Trail where you may see more deer and maybe even a bear.

    Windy Hill (Audrey Harris Park)

    6600 Lakeside Dr

    Breathtaking view... read more

    Idlewild Park

    1900 Idlewild Drive

    Stop and Smell the Roses... read more

    Oxbow Park

    3100 Dickerson Road

    A hidden paradise by the Truckee River... read more

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    Truckee River Whitewater Park

    300 W First St.

    Surrounding Wingfield Park in Downtown Reno is the very popular Truckee River Whitewater Park. Nearly every summer day there are crowds of people enjoying the river, either by wading in it, rafting in it, kayaking or even swimming on a hot day. On cooler days, this is a perfect place for whitewater kayaking. This park is the only park in the U.S. that is right smack downtown close to hotels and parking and it open year-round... read more

    Wingfield Park

    300 West 1st Street

    Fly into the Greenery... read more

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    Rancho San Rafael Park

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    1595 N Sierra St

    This beautifully landscaped area is one of Reno's premier parks. The Great Reno Balloon Race and "Reno Celebrates America", a fireworks show on the fourth of July, are a couple of the major events taking place here. On the grounds of this huge park you will find the Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum and the Great Basin Adventure Amusement Park. You will also find miles of walking or jogging trails complete with exercise stations, a large playground, picnic and barbecue facilities and acres and acres of grass... read more

    Davis Creek

    Old Hwy 395

    Local favorite park. Great for kids... read more

    Bowers Mansion Museum

    4005 u.s. Highway 395 North

    Silver Baron's Abode... read more

    Washoe Lake State Recreation Area

    4855 East Lake Boulevard

    Great views of Mt. Rose... read more

    Bartley Ranch Park

    6000 Bartley Ranch Road

    Take a walk or a ride... read more
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