Discover Reno Tahoe’s incredible outdoors and nature. With 300 days of sunshine, there is no reason to stay indoors. Our region is full of beautiful natural landscapes, vibrant wildlife and several Lake Tahoe parks and Reno parks the kiddos can play in!
If you’re not in the mood to hike the trails of Lake Tahoe, take a stroll through Reno’s Riverwalk district or participate in any other recreational activity Reno Tahoe has to offer, we have parks in our area that will still allow you to enjoy our blue skies, the landscapes of the Sierra Nevada and breathtaking sunsets. Don’t miss out on what our beautiful region has to offer by staying indoors.
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, home of the Great Reno Balloon Race, is a neighboring park with a great, scenic view of The Biggest Little City. Don’t be fooled by the only areas you can see driving past it. There is plenty to explore, a play area for the kids with slides and jungle gym, a wetland habitat and a designated area for our furry friends to play in! The park is home to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden which consists of beautiful gardens and walking trails – a true oasis just minutes from downtown.
Part of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and located on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor’s crystal clear water and amazing rock formations make it a great spot for swimming, scuba diving, kayaking and paddleboarding. Guests can relax from the fun and enjoy a picnic in one of the many shaded areas under the pine and cedar trees. Sand Harbor also plays host to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival every summer.
Located in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Spooner Lake and Backcountry is also part of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and offers 50 miles of hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trails. The two-mile trail surrounding the lake is an excellent, flat trail perfect for nature study. Thirteen miles of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail wind in and out of the park and the famous Marlette Flume Trail can be accessed here. During the winter months, Spooner Lake and Backcountry is a popular spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Kings Beach, in North Lake Tahoe, offers a playground for the kids. Walk towards the water and you will discover the beach that offers an unbelievable view of the surrounding mountains and lake.
Oxbow Nature Study Area is located on the Truckee River one mile from downtown Reno. Here you can explore the mile-long nature trail looping through ponds, grasslands, cottonwoods and willows. This park is home to mule deer, beavers, rainbow trout and more. The Oxbow Nature Study Area serves Nevada as a model for wildlife and aquatic education programs offered by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
The Sparks Marina is located off I-80 east to McCarran Blvd. It has two beaches, picnic areas, a fishing pier, a 2-mile walking path, volleyball courts, playgrounds and any other park amenity you will need on a day out at the park. If you stay through the evening you will experience a beautiful Reno Tahoe sunset with capturing clouds and pretty city lights.
Galena Creek Park is popular year-round. In the summer, enjoy hiking in the Sierra along Galena, Jones and White’s Creeks; in the winter, visit the park for sledding and cross-country skiing. Galena Creek flows through the park creating separate north and south portions of the park. Campfire programs, ranger-led hikes, and exhibits in the old stone visitor’s center add to the diversity of the park.
Washoe Lake is located about 30 minutes from downtown Reno, between Reno and Carson City. This park offers views of the Sierra Nevada, Carson and Virginia mountain ranges. It is a popular destination for hiking, camping, picnicking, water sports and equestrian activities. Bird watching and fishing enthusiasts will also find a diverse range of birds, waterfowl and fish at Washoe Lake.
Davis Creek Regional Park offers picnic facilities, and group camping sites are available by reservation. An equestrian trailhead provides access to the Toiyabe National Forest. This campground/day use area offers outstanding views of Washoe Lake and Slide Mountain. During the coldest months of winter, the pond freezes and makes a great ice skating area, which is free to the public. This diverse park is a favorite among locals.
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