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
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.
3100 Dickerson Road
A hidden paradise by the Truckee River... read more
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
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
Old Hwy 395
Local favorite park. Great for kids... read more
4005 u.s. Highway 395 North