Nature Attractions in Reno

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  • Reno is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, its proximity to Lake Tahoe, the Eastern Sierras and the Nevada desert gives the Reno visitor a plethora of outdoor sport choices. Within Reno, there are several parks, trails and even some great outdoor cafĂ©s to enjoy.

    Visit the best parks in the area. This includes the Truckee River Whitewater Park and Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. You can bike along the Truckee River from both of these parks. Rancho San Rafael, home of the Reno Balloon Races, and Idlewild Park near the Truckee River are the two largest parks in the city. A hidden nature reserve is Oxbow Park.

    For some great views, check out Windy Hill, where you can hike down the hill into the Southwest part of the city and Bartley Ranch Park. The Galena Creek Trail in South Reno will take you into the foothills below Lake Tahoe and the Mt. Rose Summit Trail will take you to the top of the entire area. For some other great views, visit Davis Creek, just south of Reno and climb the Ophir Creek Trail up to Tahoe Meadows.

    Oxbow Park

    3100 Dickerson Road

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

    Idlewild Park

    1900 Idlewild Drive

    Stop and Smell the Roses... 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

    Windy Hill (Audrey Harris Park)

    6600 Lakeside Dr

    Breathtaking view... read more

    Bartley Ranch Park

    6000 Bartley Ranch Road

    Take a walk or a ride... read more

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    Galena Creek Trail

    18350 Mt. Rose Highway

    Take a light hike through this beginner trail among sagebrush scrub and Jeffrey pine forest with thick riparian foliage lining the creek... read more

    Davis Creek

    Old Hwy 395

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

    Mt. Rose Summit Trail

    Hwy. 431

    This trail is located just northeast of Lake Tahoe and Incline Village. Mt. Rose is one of the highest peaks near Lake Tahoe and offers excellent views... read more
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