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Reno, Nevada, USA
18250 Mount Rose Hwy
Galena Creek Park
- This is a great trail and picnic area tucked away in the Mt. Rose area. You are welcomed to bring horses and dogs (must be leashed at all times).
The scenery: Beautiful tall green trees everywhere, an abundance of different wild flowers and clear trails with easy access. Lots of shade because of the trees.The commute: It's about 27 minutes from Sparks.
The parking: super easy! You can park at the trailhead or park at the picnic ground. I believe all the parking areas lead to a trail(s).
This trail is super family and dog friendly.
Avoid all of the down trees/tree trunks and rotting areas because this is where ticks hide and they are carrying the "plague." Go out and enjoy everyone! ~ Heather M. Sparks, NV
- Today was a great day for snowshoeing. Cold but sunny! Galena creek running under a sheet of frozen ice. The wind blowing the snow off the peak of mt. Rose proper. The peace and quietness of a winter day in the forest.
Well established trails that can be hiked on without snowshoes on the packed down snow. The most fun is snowshoeing out in to the forest in the deep powder. First you pass by Marilyn's Pond which is iced and snowed over this time of year, so I stopped long enough to built a snowman on the edge of the pond. Then you pass by the old fish hatchery and more few other buildings in to an open area where there is a great view of mt. Rose and Chocolate mt.
You can keep going up the trail along Galena creek or just head out in to the forest to enjoy the nature and the large rock formation up there. This place is fun even in the winter time.
Great snowshoeing if you hit it right when they have a good snow pack at the park. ~ Linda H. Reno NV
- One of my favorite parks - dog friendly! Lots of trails that can be either easy or pretty challenging. Views of the valley! Pretty little creeks everywhere. Depending on the trail you pick, at the higher elevation, shade is sparse and the sun can be brutal, so bring a hat during the summer and lots of ice cold water in your canteen. As for dogs, they really should stay leashed because sometimes, horses are on the trail and you just never know. At this time of the year, I like to keep an eye out for those gorgeous Sierra beauties, snow plants - these are stunning red cone-shaped plants that push their way out of the hardscrabble dirt.Make sure you stop by the visitor's center to study maps so you know where are going.If you come in the North entrance of Galena Park, they have lovely little picnic spots where you can bring charcoal for grill. Although you are fairly close to Mt. Rose Highway, you don't really hear any vehicular noise.~ Allie A. Incline Village, NV
- One of the best hiking parks in Reno, especially for novices or families with children. I have been coming to this park for walks for 16 years! Hard to believe but that's how awesome it is. And in the winter time come sledding here to beat the crowds further up the road at Mt. Rose. Dogs are allowed on leash and the trails are clear and wide. Strollers would work on some trails but not all. Parking is ample and there are plenty of day use areas like picnic tables and BBQs. There's both a north and south entrance where trails are accessible but the visitor center is on the north end of the park. There are many community events here year round so check the Washoe County parks website if you're looking for something to do. Finally, for more adventurous hikers, there is access from the park directly into more advanced forest hiking. Have fun! ~Jennie J. Reno,NV
- An awesome place to spend the weekend. Hike and explore the area. There are several well maintained trails fit for everyone's fitness level. I highly recommend the nature walk for beginners. Spring is here. Happy trails! ~Alma F. Reno,NV
- Ok, I think Luna and I found our place to hike until the snow comes 🙂 SO may tail heads and creeks/pond to explore we both are very excited. When entering the park you first come to the visiting center (which I didn't have time to check out). There are MANY different parking areas to explore, but I already had in mind the trail that goes to Marilyn's Pond. I took Bitterbrush Trail to the pond. The hike was easy and comes a crossed the Galena Creek (which Luna enjoyed playing in) All dogs must be on leash also..The park is very hiking/god/family friendly. And yup this park has poop bags for your dogs if you forget.~Sharon J. Reno, NV
Reno, Nevada, USA
Hidden Valley Regional Park
- Been hiking/ working out up here my whole life. The park is never crowded and has a fenced dog park for those fur babies that want to run free. I usually run the stairs at the horse arena or hike the trails behind the park. Come try it out! ~ Marissa R. Reno NV
- I love this park! It is always quiet (besides the dog park). Good hiking trails. Sometimes the big dog park gets a little rowdy. Overall, a great place to explore and escape. ~Bree B. Reno, NV
- A gem tucked away in upper Hidden Valley area....
HV Regional Park has easy & moderated trails lower level not really challenging but great for walking & talking or you can hike some difficult areas as you head up the hillside to really get your lactic acid & lungs pumping if you want that. These trails are shared with the occasional Mtn-Bike riders doing the (6.5 mi loop) above with the sometimes surprise view of wild mustangs hanging out on the hillsides of the park as you travel up the trails. Very cool sight!!
During the summer I love hiking during the hours getting close to sunset; cooler temps and amazing colorful views across the Reno City skyline from the upper trails are incredible.
At the entrance of the park is a nice grass field to throw a ball and frisbee around or put out a blanket and relax too. The park is relatively quite, so don't tell too many people. As well, really nice gazebo covered picnic area with bbq's and tree covered landscape. If that wasn't enough, there is tennis & volleyball court, as well a really great dog park.
Park gate times: 8am - 9pm but the gate usually opens at 7:30'sh. Check out this trail on AllTrails: alltrails.com/trail/us/n…~ Brian L. Reno,NV
- Love the dog park. I've gotta Frenchie, and she is on the small side so we go to the small dog side.
It's very clean, the people who go are super nice, the other dogs are cool, non aggressive, they have benches to sit on and really nice grass. I would recommend anyone who is looking for a NICE dog park to go here. Poop bags and garbage cans. I think there's even water bowls for the dogs. Reminds me of dog parks in California. Nice ~ J.J Sparks,NV
- So many of the parks near the Reno/Sparks area are great, but Hidden Valley Regional Park has features that distinguish it in terms of awesomeness. First is the access to the canyon trails: great heights, wild horses, quiet trails. Second is the view of downtown Reno from the grassy area near the north entrance to the park. What a view! Third is the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Sure, there's only one bathroom building with two stalls in the women's unit, but quality over quantity.
The Reno 5000 race series brought this out-of-my-way park to my attention. I came here twice before the race to check out the conditions: nicely paved roads, a two-mile perimeter trail that is wide in some places and single-track in other places, and nice, rolling hills throughout. There is a ton of parking in the park: there must have been multiple hundreds of people come race day and the farthest parking lot, on the east side of the horse arena, had many open spots.
Folks with kiddos will appreciate the two playground areas--one near the north entrance and one near the south entrance--and food-consumers will appreciate the good-sized pavilion picnic area. Maps of the park abound, which is great for folks who are trying to figure out the trails. ~Katharine S Reno, NV
- Let me preface this review with a note: I am reviewing primarily the hiking trails behind the park. The park itself deserves 4 stars for its cleanliness, location, and upkeep. Behind the park, there are some hills that are fun to explore and get lost in.
I prefer to hike behind Hidden Valley Regional Park when I'm looking for a slightly shorter work-out. One of the biggest problems I have with these hills/the hiking here is the loose gravel. On your way up, it isn't too bad. There are great views, it is easy to stop on any hill or choose to keep climbing up, and the incline is pretty moderate. However, when you make your way back down, it is hard to keep your footing. I always end up with a scrape or two from a slide I take down one hill or another.
This is a good place to hike with a small group of people and it is pretty dog friendly. The paths are relatively narrow. Sometimes you run into wild horses on the trail which is always fun to see! During the summer, there isn't much shade so the hot sun can be unforgiving: pack lots of water! ~ Alyssa Y. Sparks, NV
- I didn't go in the park where there's all kids and dogs and crap.
I was looking for a hike
And when I say hike, I don't mean a stroll around a nice paved path with steady grades which grandma can do with you.
I mean getting a workout, having opportunities to see what other people don't, and occasionally wondering where any trails are, all while having some fun exploring.
The valley was pretty sweet, I decided to not take the designated route and followed some trails up the wash. These trails dwindled to being burro trails instead of anything people use. So I don't suggest doing that unless you're okay with trailblazing up 50-70 degree slopes to get back on a trail. Which you shouldn't because it's not environmentally friendly (I'll explain at the end)
If you followed the primary path(s) up the right of the box canyon, you'll reach the lowest ridge of the range. There's a little social trail that branches off around there. It's pretty obvious to see at the start, but it won't last and you'll be roughing it up steep inclines with no paths of any sort.
Why would anyone bother doing this?
Well, because the designated path takes you around the mid of the range. I wanted to trot along the ridgeline.
Would the path be a moderate difficulty hike with good views? Probably.
Could you get hurt being an idiot and scrambling up mountains like me? Yes.
Do I suggest following my route? Absolutely not... Unless you're a geocacher 😉
Once you reach the southwest-most summit I was talking about, you'll reach the first decently large cairn. There's another one that's pretty easy to spot from there. No GPS necessary, just a sense of adventure.
So all this is really fun for fit adventurers who have strong ankles and a few spare liters of water and snacks in case you get lost. But what I didn't mention is how I don't fully advocate trailblazing. For the most part, if there was no trails, burro trails or footpaths already in frequent use, I would turn back and not cut through fresh ground. What most people don't know is that hiking trails have an environmentally friendly purpose. They intend to keep people consolidated to a certain area so they don't tread all over the plants and animals in the area.
Disturbing the environment also makes it more susceptible to invasives popping up.
So please, be safe and conscientious to where you tread, and keep adventuring. ~ Pete T. Sacramento, CA
- This is by far the best dog park in all of Reno / Sparks. I have two small dogs and the small dog area is huge. The grass, even into November, is well groomed and maintained. One of the best things about this dog park is the people. Everyone manages their dogs. Everyone picks up after their dogs. Everyone is conversational and pleasant. Rarely are there issues of any kind at this park. Well worth the extra time to drive out here. Forget the Marina and all its goose crap. Ignore Lake Virginia and it's litter box gravel and unsupervised dogs. Rancho San Rafael is ok if you stay far east aka down hill, but they irrigate that park so much it's a mud pit. Use it in the hot summer months when your dog needs to cool down. There's a couple of other parks, but there's no separation of dogs usually or it's an after thought. Stick with Link Piazzo Dog Park inside Hidden Valley Regional Park. ~Matt N Reno,NV
- I've been bringing my dog here for 3 years now and still don't have a complaint. The park is well-kept and they do improvements every rate.
The park is clean- my dog never gets sick or injured.
I will literally drive across town to this park over going to others, because of the positive experience I have had here for years now.
If you're looking for a safe, clean, friendly environment for your fur child, this is it! ~Gary P Reno,NV
- Went here to meet a friend so our babies could play recently. Decent little park set in the middle of a residential section. They had a small play ground (no safety swings or things for toddlers though), some tennis courts, covered gazebo-like picnic areas and plenty of green grass. Also a plus for me were the running water fountains and the open and clean bathrooms. Near the picnic area was also a horseshoe court which is great for small get-togethers.~Amanda M Reno, NV
Reno, Nevada, USA
1160 E Huffaker Ln
Huffaker Park and Mountain Trail
- I love this trail. I love how conveniently located it is for so many South Reno residents. I love that the street parking near the park is ample. I love the views from the trail. There are so many good things about it!
This is a great place to take out-of-town visitors to showcase just how beautiful Reno is. Just make sure that you and your visitors have closed toed shoes and not flip flops: the uphill and downhill portions of this trail are no joke. Also, remember to give any sea-level visiting folks time to rest on the uphill portions! If you're hiking in the winter, bring an extra layer: the wind exposure can be brutal.
I remember seeing the gazebo from the highway and wondering how the heck to get to it. Now I know: from the trail at this park! The outdoor amphitheater (not visible from the highway) a little ways down the trail is also very cool. As Michael T. notes, it is unclear who built it and how!
My fair-skinned, red-headed (vampire) boyfriend likes that the "backside" of the trail (the part by IGT) is in shade in the afternoon. Thus we can hike that portion and see the sunset without him needing to wear sunscreen. ~ Katharine S., Reno, NV
- Nice trail. Convenient parking, awesome view. Clean and quiet location. Great for walking and sights seeing.
Definitely going back! ~ Maricris E., Reno,NV
- Huffaker Park and Mountain Trail...is the Peanut Butter to my JAM....trying to jam up that hill. I love this trail because it enough to get the heart rate going, but not too much where you can't feel your legs you are crying inside and never want to return. It easy enough to where I can bring my 4, 9, and 10 year old, and they are not complaining the whole time. My favorite time to walk the trails is during the spring and summer months about 5am, there typically is no one on the trail....Shhhhhhhhhhhh, that's my secret. Once you reach the top of the hill and you think your about to die, there is a gazebo where you can sit and enjoy the view!
I'm lucky enough to live a block or so from the park, so I visit it often. I take my kids to burn some energy on the play grounds, and basketball courts, there is tennis courts too. My dogs love to run around the park too, but other dog owners please pick up your poo. The park is always clean and well maintained. I feel that this park is pretty safe; we have all been to that one park out of a horror movie with weirdo's lurking around...don't be mad, facts of life.
I love this park, my kids love this park, my escape artist dogs love this park, I know when they turn up missing just to go to the park and there they are, with smiling faces! ~ Anna M., Reno,NV
- Cool place to walk with your dogs, friends, love, etc. It's a Simone hint, but you can make it as difficult as you want. If you go during early spring you can see some blossoms. They have lots of different little hikes. It's good to stroll and wind down after a long day. Just be weary if you have medium to small dogs. There are eagles and falcons that fly around. They might mistaken your pet as food. Also, I train here for some runs. It helps with endurance. I'm allergic to sage, but it's nevada what do you expect! ~ Aycell J., Sparks,NV
- This hike has a view of the city at the top. The trails have an incline and no shade. Bring a hat. I wouldn't do this hike under the blazing summer sun though. The distance isn't long, but the incline will give your lungs a little huff depending on your pace and physical shape.
The dog also enjoyed the hike. Make sure you bring water for the furry one. There are no dog bags on the trail. Bring your own. A lot of people let their dogs off leash, which is probably why the humans miss poop patrol. It wasn't too bad during my hike. I noticed a lot of lizards, and one surprised my pup!
Lot opportunity to take great pictures. I didn't use trekking poles but could be useful on some parts. Sneakers were ok on this hike. Besides the view at the top, I wouldn't consider this a scenic hike. I'd consider this a good workout, where you can improve on speed to get to the top. ~ Dawn N., Reno, NV
- Love this little trail. Great for walking the pup! Great for walking the kiddo! Great for exercise! Great to watch planes!
There is a decent amount of street parking at the park below the trail! In some parts the trail is a little steep, but it doesn't last long, so it's not that bad! The view is pretty cool! There are no trees so you can see all of Reno/mt Rose from the path. It's right next to the flight path, so if you are into planes, this is the place to watch them land! The path is pretty decent to walk on! Tho I would not suggest a stroller. (But it can be done). There are a few different loops you can take, so you can tailor your walk to your fitness level. This is a fair weather trail! If it has rained recently, or snowed in the past few days, don't come here! It can get muddy and slick! ~ Mary L., Reno, NV
- Great view of the city at the top. Windy and without shade. Worth checking out, but not my favorite hiking trail in this area. ~ Kelly H., Reno, NV
- Really cool trail that you can walk around with your dogs. It was a little windy because storm was rolling in but dogs didn't mind. Pretty views from the top too! ~ Shelby K., Dublin,CA
- In the never ending effort to get some weight off of our dog, we have decided to start trying out some of the abundant local trails. The trusty Yelp app led us to Huffaker Park with a relatively short hike and close proximity to where we live.
There are several entrances to the trail - from the park, from a nearby apartment complex, and from a nearby subdivision. Each puts you on different parts of the trail - each has a station for bags for your pup and has a sign that shows the three paths of the trail that you can take. There are two smaller loops and one large loop that encompasses both smaller loops and works out to be a little over 1.5 miles.
We started out at the park and went to the right, so we immediately hit the gazebo. This offers some great views, plus a good stopping point for the hill you just climbed up. As you continue along this side of the trail, there is an amphitheater (maybe for kids' field trips?), signs pointing out the vegetation and animals you might see (although these are sort of in disrepair), and picnic tables.
As you continue along the trail, there are no more picnic tables but there are benches occasionally if you need a break. It seems they only placed the picnic tables on the scenic side of the trail.
I mentioned that there are stations for bags at the trail's entrances. I didn't check to see if these were stocked. Either they weren't stocked or people just don't give a... [insert pun here], or a combination of both. This leads to "surprises" every few feet; although it's not much of a surprise if you can smell it coming. The signs at the beginning of the trail state there are fines for not picking up after your dog. But let's be real here - there's no one out there patrolling the trail. Anyway, if you are bringing your dog on this trail, please plan ahead and bring a bag and USE IT - don't be "that guy". ~ Sarah S. Reno,NV
- Ever notice that little gazebo on the hill just off the S. Virginia Street exit of 395? Well I had many times, and I'd often wonder what it was doing up there. Is it part of someone's backyard? Is it one of those random structures left in the Nevada backcountry for weary travelers? Did someone get married up there and just leave it? I wanted to know but I'd never really tried that hard to find out.
But then, as fortune would have it, I moved into a new neighborhood and I discovered a really nice park, some short hiking trails, and great views of South Reno and benches to enjoy them from! The gazebo itself is actually pretty cool and a picnic underneath it on a nice day is a great idea! I guess it wasn't as mysterious as I'd once thought. It's just a gazebo on a hill for people to enjoy, and that's enough purpose I suppose.
But In my quest to find the gazebo, I discovered an "amphitheater" that looks to have been there for years. It's a number of concrete slabs arranged symmetrically in a v-shape pattern, resting high up on the hill. I have no idea how it got there, or what force of nature might have created it, but my guess is aliens! How else could something that big and heavy get up there? On each of my walks now I look for clues on the hillside. Someday I'll crack the case. Someday... ~ Michael T., Reno,NV
- I really like this trail it's simple. Lots of little lizards. Get a great view of Reno once you make it to the gazebo. Good exercise. ~ Darlene C., Sparks,NV
- I had some free time in the afternoon and was looking for a close trail run. huffaker park ended up being close and a good challenge. I will admit, I was a little leary jogging on rattlesnake mountain. luckily all I saw was some lizards. I went around all the loops and ended up with around 4 miles. ~ Doug C., Burlington, KY
- Awesome little park with little mountain trail Beautiful views 360deg of Reno and surrounding mountain ranges. ~ Larry P. ,Port Lauderdale, FL
- Very nice and easy trail. I actually caught a dog owner walking away and I called him back. Telling him he dropped something. When he got there I layer into him. It was so gross! He saw is coming and didn't care to leave the poop there.
The smell was unbearable at some spots. I'm a dog owner and it bothered me. Even the actual park is really nice and shady but again all pooped!
There are signs saying you'll be arrested for leaving it. Maybe I should've done a citizens arrest lol. ~ Denise F.,Modesto, CA
- Was in Reno for business this week and wanted to get some running/training. Found out Huffier was close by my hotel. Beautiful, meandering trails with great views. More of a hiker's trail than running trail though as there are a ton of rocks on the paths. Orwell, it was still fun and presented an unsuspected challenge. Access road and parking were easy. ~ Eric B., Escondido, CA
- I really enjoy this park. Its big and maintained. I enjoy the trails. I take the kids i babysit over to play ave they enjoy themselves. The trails are relatively easy, but you have Ru watch your step in some places. I have came close to spraining my ankle! ~ Shanel B., Reno, NV
- I live two blocks from this park, and although my dog is now blind, he loves his near daily walks on the park trails - ah, the great smells for a dog! Today I attempted to turn onto another street before the park, and he conducted a sit-down strike in favor of continuing on to the park! He won. The park trails are representative of what most of the Reno area originally looked like - sagebrush and other bushes, the occasional flowers, and no trees (yes, hot in summer!) - but it still has its charm. I like to sit under the gazebo and watch the planes take off from the runways at the airport. It's true there are no longer poop bags supplied by city, so if your dog is along, be sure to BYOB - bag, that is. There are typically a few more walkers at lunchtime from IGT, but otherwise we generally meet up just with the occasional dog/owner combo, runner, or walker. Besides the trails, the park has two playgrounds, a big grassy area, a softball diamond, shady areas, a covered picnic area, tennis courts (sometimes maintained), basketball hoops, and a short parcours. ~ Shelly M., Reno, NV
- I have been here quite a few times now and it is a really nice park for taking kids to play on the outdoor jungle gym toys. As a matter of fact this park has the only outdoor toys kids can climb on and slide that is in the shade of a big tree that I have found (the play area across the big field right on Huffaker). The mountain trail is great for a gentle very scenic hike on well established trails. As stated before the restrooms (closed in winter months) are good for a public park. Good place to have a kids birthday party or a weekend company BBQ. ~ Richard D., Tampa,FL
- This park, nestled amid the suburban sprawl and industrial parks of Southeast Reno, is a great place for active folks. The park, located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, seems to be split into two sections--the front section, a large playing field with a good-sized playground; and the back section, which includes a picnic shelter, tennis courts, basketball courts, exercise/stretching equipment, horseshoes, and another playground. The front section is frankly a bit scary and probably prevents a lot of people from enjoying the rest of the park. The playground here is not well maintained--the climbing gyms are covered in graffiti, and the sand is sprinkled liberally with trash and cigarette butts. The back section of the park (off of Offenhauser) is a real gem, though. Lovely shade trees and a running stream make this a very relaxing place, and the playground and other equipment here is in much better repair. There is a rentable shelter here with several tables and a large grill. My recommendation if you visit here is to park your car on Offenhauser Street and totally skip the front section of the park on E. Huffaker.
Starting off the rear section of the park is the Huffaker Desert Preserve Lookout Point Loop Trail. This trail is great for a short hike--it took us less than an hour to walk the whole loop. It is easy and flat for a majority of the loop, with a few short steep sections to get your heart going. Again, poor maintenance is apparent here, with the interpretive signs in great need of repair. Also, despite the fact that there are plenty of signs telling dog walkers to pick up after their pets, you will need to beware the many canine land mines. Because apparently those signs only apply to SOME dog owners and not to those other, SPECIAL people who don't have to follow the posted rules or the dictates of common courtesy. Other than that unfortunate downside, this is a great trail with lots of nice views. ~ Tracy S., Reno NV
Reno, Nevada, USA
121 Woodland Dr
- A great little park that is hard to find, but worth the trek. It is located along the river in the industrial area just off west Fourth Street. This little oasis of green is a perfect spot to have a picnic, take a hike, play in the river, or just sit and contemplate all that is good and beautiful in the world. As others have mentioned it is clean and very well maintained. The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway runs along the river and provides access to other trails and parks both to the East and West.
This is part of the Washoe County Park system and is one of the jewels along the Truckee River. ~ Nancy V., Reno,NV
- I thoroughly enjoy Mayberry Park! It's one of the cleanest and well kept parks in town!
There are plenty of picnic tables and ample grassy areas for games and letting your dog run around. There are also a bunch of hiking/mountain biking trials here. I always go on hikes here and they're relatively easy to moderate. Most of the hikes start off uphill, but once you reach the plateau, it becomes flat. And I can't forget about the river! This park is right next to the river and is a perfect spot for fishing, relaxing, wading, and tubing. This is the spot I always go to/start when I float down the river.
Parking can be slightly difficult, especially during the spring/summertime when there are lots of people, but there's a lot of street parking available. I'm just giving you all a heads up, so you can all plan accordingly!
Overall, I love this park! It's the perfect park to do outdoorsy stuff! ~ Jared A., Reno,NV
- Great park with loads of walking trails. We came here to stroll and talk and it was wonderful. Big open spaces for puppies to walk in the grass and a paved walkway for us humans. The homes here are gorgeous, I like looking at them but always think to myself that I'll be to lazy to maintain that nice clean cut yard, mine will be nicknamed the urban jungle...
Great little ponds and wildlife (flocks of geese) are littered throughout the park. The backroad access to the walkways are many but the one I like to go through is the one off Mayberry landing plaza because I can stop by franz backstube bakery for a baked good and tea. Yum! ~ Dianna S., Sparks,NV
- I want so badly to give this park 5 stars but i cant, purely because of Summer holidays. This is my park, its my go to. Its right next to my home, its where i jog, where i run my dogs and let them swim, i run the hiking trails attached, my husband fishes here, my kids swim and play in the "sand" its a BEAUTIFUL park. I read some other reviews about safety. I have never once been concerned in this park, never. Weather i am running alone with headphones or I am alone with my kids etc. I have been there before the sun comes up running and when it sets with the kids. Never felt threatened never had the inclination i needed a weapon or mase. I think that's a bit extreme,maybe downtown at those hours but not here. I don't quite understand the reviewer who suggested protection. Anyway, at every season this park is gorgeous. It has a paved running trail as well as dirt trails right off the river. Its wonderful if you like to run through trees and such like i do. Both trails lead over the bridge (if you are going west) that leads up the hills into hiking trails. It has become more popular each year with tubers going down the river. It is definitely a popular launching spot, so parking can be a problem any weekend in the summer months. Ok now why i don't visit on Summer holidays and most weekends. On these days you will undoubtedly run into a large amount of Mexican/Hispanic families. Not meaning this in any kind of racist manner, if it was french Canadians or Hawaiians i would say that but its not. If they were considerate i would have no issue here, but they are not. They set up tents, chairs, bbq grills, etc RIGHT ON THE PAVED PATH! They literally take up every amount of available space in the park. Grass, paved path, dirt path, spots off the river, in the river on chairs! I mean to visualize, its WORSE than the downtown river park on its busiest day. They also park in ways that they will block you in. It is inconsiderate. These people blocking the pathways do not move when politely asked, or even if you try to make your way without pushing people. Children are unruly and seem to have no supervision. Last summer we actually sat with two chairs and a cooler. 5 random children of all ages opened our cooler and began rummaging through and helping themselves, no parents to be found. Two older children simply took off with my kids tubes (expensive) that my kids had tied to our chair! Again no parents to be found. Finally and my last straw two toddler girls maybe 3 and 4 kept hanging off my chair and walking aimlessly around to others in and out of the river. Honestly anyone could have snatched those girls, they could have drowned. Turns out their mother was several picnic areas UP river. When i go to the park after these days it is back to quiet peaceful nature, the park i am used to. However i still find graffiti, empty beer bottles, clothes, garbage everywhere after these party days. I pick it up cause i love this park, but honestly the way it is on summer holidays, its why i moved my family away from Phoenix, its why i hate Los Angeles. Just crazy over population in one area, it would be fine if everyone was considerate of others. This was a "secret-ish" park that never used to be busy any day of any season. While i want everyone to enjoy this amazing park, we can ALL do our best to keep it amazing and not to let our experience ruin anothers. Can visitors from out of town or other areas of town please treat this park and its other visitors with respect. Please. ~ Martha D., Reno, NV
- As one of the less known parks in the area, this is a great little hidden gem! There are tons of walking trails that run along the river. There are spacious grassy areas for games or playing with dogs. There is also a good amount of shade and seating areas.
The space is always well-maintained and picturesque. I enjoy every visit here.
I highly recommend visiting for a family picnic with the dog(s). The space is great and it is never too crowded. ~ Alyssa Y., Sparks, NV
- I love and enjoy discovering new little trails that are located close to my backyard. The husband and I took a little brisk walk along the river yesterday afternoon. Not quite sure of the name of the trail we discovered but it did have a dead end into a private residential area. The trail allowed you to walk along the canal and the river. There is a small parking lot for about 5 cars. ~ Janel L., Reno, NV
Meridian, Idaho, USA
33 E Broadway Ave #206
Multiple summer activities for school age children. Call for activities and hours offered.
Boise, Idaho, USA
700 Robbins Rd
Offers wide variety of social educational activities at all ages. Activities take place at 7 sites around the community.
Sparks, Nevada, USA
300 Howard Dr
Sparks Marina Park
- I had no idea this place existed. Until we wandered in to get some food. Next to a large mall, that was the most unexpected. Walkers, joggers, strollers and pets. A small sailboat and kayakers in the water. It was a bit hotter than your usual March spring day but it was just cool enough for the area. I imagine if there would be just a tad more shade it would be great to hang longer at. ~Kim N. South Bay, CA
- I love this place there's always so much to do here! You can walk around the marina for 2 miles and get your workout in. They have a spot for swimming but I'm not sure if it is open this year. They have a spot for the kids to play.
I have recently went to the playgrounds. I really like how they have two separate playgrounds one for toddlers and one for preschoolers. The person who designed this must've thought of children. They are located right next to the bathrooms, in case emergencies! Sparks Marina is in a very convenient location. ~ Susan A. Reno, NV
- The marina is one of my favorite places to walk. It is clean and I love how you can walk around the entire trail and get in a little under 2 miles done. It is a great loop that offers some changes in scenery as well as some good people watching.
I like looking at the home that are right there on the water. I probably look like a total creeper but checking out the homes and the backyards is my favorite part of the path. Admit it... you do it too. The park for the kids is nice and it has some good play stuff for the kidlets. The beach is clean. I don't swim in there because honestly that water kind of grosses me out but a lot of others seem to enjoy it.
The dog park is decent. There are better ones in town but this one is close to I take my pooches here every so often. They get gross and muddy here so this is my last choice among dog parks in the Reno/Sparks area. ~ Stephanie C. Sparks, NV
- Great first visit. Peaceful. We turned into a main entrance and there was was a good size playground for the kids. Very clean. Lots of mini tables w/attached seating. LOTS of people making use of the perimeter near the cove area we were at,walking or running : ) ~Lisa C. Chico,CA
- By far one of go the quietest, cleanest RV Resorts we've stayed at. Easy to get to and their guide will bring you right into you space! ~ Jamie Garza T. Bullhead AZ
- This is a great place to go for a walk. It's 2 miles if you walk the entire way around the lake. Nice scenery all the way around. You'll see people fishing, dogs playing in the dog park area, walkers and joggers of all ages, babies in strollers, cute squirrels, yards with nice views of the lake and valley. There are covered areas for picnics and plenty of places to park. The walk is even accessible from the Legends Outlet Mall! I'm thinking it might be a good idea to park on the West side of the marina then walk to Legends for a movie. Wouldn't that offset some of the yummy movie snacks and extra butter on the popcorn? ~ Chris M Reno,NV
- I love the Sparks Marina. I grew up in Sparks when this was just a gravel pit for a local construction company. I still can't believe we have something this cool here now. I would have loved this as a teenager
The walking path is great, nice and wide and accommodates, walkers, roller bladers, doggies, strollers and just about anything else you can think of. It's a nice 2 mile walk/run or roll all the way around. The grounds look great, the sand is Tahoe Beach sand and the playgrounds and picnic areas are plentiful. It even has a separate dog park adjacent to the water so pooches can take a dip.
Although if you compared what it was to what it is side by side it would seem like it couldn't get much better but there is always room for improvement.
Once the construction of shops, apartments and restaurants are completed around the Marina and some of the ugly eyesores are removed, I believe much of the needed extra beautification of the area will be taken care of.
The water quality (not for drinking, just swimming and for fish) has been an ongoing issue. If that clears up it would do great things to improve the area.
I'm thankful it's so much more than a gravel pit for now. ~Danett P. Sparks NV
- Be sure to check their cancellation policy very carefully before giving them your credit card! We had to cancel a reservation 10 days prior to arrival and were charged a $25.00 cancellation fee. In the future, we will plan our stays at RV parks with more flexible customer service-oriented cancellation policies. ~Chel R. Meridian, ID
- My favorite place in Sparks to walk, and eventually jog/run. Hands down.
The park is beautiful all the way around. There are plenty of benches littered around the loop to take a seat if you want, and so much open space if you wanted to just sit around in the grass or have a picnic. There're a couple beaches (one with a couple volleyball courts and a snack bar), a few gazebos and picnic tables scattered throughout, a playground area for kids, a great big dog park... and everything is kept clean. Almost surprisingly so. I'm not sure who is tasked with park maintenance and upkeep, but they do a fantastic job.
My recommendations would to be to go early in the morning if you're looking to beat the crowds, or later at night for insanely picturesque scenery; the nearby lights reflecting off of the water looks like something off of a postcard.
If you like doing your walking/running outdoors and want an easy 2-mile loop, there's not a better spot in town. ~ Justin H Sparks,NV
- I live close to the marina and, to be honest, I don't take advantage of it as much as I should. It's a wonderful place to walk, jog, run, bike, roller-blade, sunbathe, sit, play volleyball, eat, or walk your dogs. Really, the possibilities are endless. The trail is around 2 miles all the way around, which is a great distance!
The area is always well kept as people clean up after themselves and their animals. There are multiple bathrooms (although I have never needed to use them) and water fountains. I even saw a bowl out for thirsty dogs which was thoughtful!
There is a playground for families and their children, as well as a dog park. I have not used either of them, but people seem to enjoy both. Overall, I really enjoy walking here because it's a nice change from the treadmill. The scenery is just awesome!
The speed limit in the area is 20 miles an hour. Observe it because cops will pull you over and, seriously, there are children and families around. Be courteous and aware please! ~ Sean C. Bridgewater, MA
- This place is great! It's kept up fairly well and is an easy place to get away and relax. They have a section for dogs where they can run around into the water. Always a good time there. ~ Tom G. San Jose, CA