Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno

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Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is one of the largest and most diverse urban parks in Northern Nevada. Comprised of hundreds of acres crossing McCarran Blvd. the park hosts miles of walking and biking trails, Herman's Pond (an urban fishery), the Wilbur D May Museum and Arboretum, the historic Main House, a disc golf course, extensive wetlands, downhill mountain biking trails, 3 playgrounds, 5 reservable picnic pavilions, ponds and creeks, individual bbq and picnic sites, a developed nature trail, a working pasture, an off leash area, and access to Nevada's wild open spaces throughout Peavine Mountain.
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  • July 19, 2017
    We visited again Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. This time we visited the picnic areas, the arboretum, and the labyrinth garden. We did not visit this type the May Museum, which is one of my favorite...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Ranco San Rafael Park is well done and laid-out. It is a beautiful park area for visitors, for walking about in the gardens, and a great place to see a bit of Nevada history. The Wilbur D. May Center ...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    I visited the botanical garden which has a very large collection of oak trees and many paths good for walking. The dry landscape garden is large and gives a good idea of what plants grow well in this ...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    Great place to explore unwind and watch life at its best. From little blue jays to giant trees. There is so much to see. Life is hectic, but this place is always so peaceful and so simple. There are so many vibrant sounds and natural music from running water, birds and butterfly wings. Take a stroll around the park and greet a passerby or smile. Cute squirrels trying to take your fruit and spiders galore for those intrigues. So, close to the city and so far away from the craziness of life. I love to bring a blanket and lay it down. Sometimes read a book or just take a nap. Other times I walk my dogs or go on a hike. Re most versatile place in Reno. Fyi the sunset is awesome here. Just lay down a bla let and bring a brewed tea and watch the colors dance. Best time is cloudy days!
  • July 11, 2017
    Biggest park in reno! Gorgeous flower gardens and lots of space to wander. Also includes a huge dog area and multiple playgrounds. Also has a visitor center with monthly installments for all ages
  • April 16, 2017
    You know what sets Rancho San Rafael apart? The unexpected. It brings you to another world, offering new perspective. It's a lovely place to take a walk and breathe a little. I have so many fond memories I was lucky enough to capture; there's magic here.
  • May 21, 2017
    One of Reno's little gems. I went there to check out where my son is getting married and was really surprised by the rangers, they let myself and a friend take a look at the room in the museum where the wedding is going to be held, and the museum was closed. The rangers also told me about all the buildings on the property, and the hiking trails. I am going to have to go down every weekend and discover something new.
  • May 20, 2017
    One of the best parks in Reno. Lots of room to roam, nice play area for children, great dog park. Plenty to do or just enjoy a quiet picnic. Lots of special events throughout the year.

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