Recreation & Natural Areas in Reno

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  • Reno has a surprising number of parks and outdoor areas within and just outside of the main city center. Many of these places have great views of the surrounding mountains or are located next to the Truckee River.

    At city parks like Rancho San Rafael and Idlewild Park, you can enjoy a picnic, a walk along the river or on several nature paths and feed local ducks and geese in the various water features. Virginia Lake Park near downtown is a great place to go walking and Wingfield Park in downtown is where all the summer action happens.

    Oxbow Park is wonderful for a nature hike or for river fishing as well as a picnic and Bartley Ranch and Windy Hill has great hiking and views of the entire city. For more river action, go to Rock Park in Sparks or to the Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno.

    For hiking and walking just outside of the city, head to Davis Creek for a hike up the Ophir Creek Trail or if you have the entire day, hike up to the top of Mt. Rose, one of the tallest peaks in the area.

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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

    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

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    Mt Rose-Ski Tahoe

    22222 Mount Rose Hwy

    A local favorite... 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

    Wingfield Park

    300 West 1st Street

    Fly into the Greenery... read more

    Bartley Ranch Park

    6000 Bartley Ranch Road

    Take a walk or a ride... read more

    Windy Hill (Audrey Harris Park)

    6600 Lakeside Dr

    Breathtaking view... read more
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