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Lots To Do in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno

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With almost 600 acres to play in, Reno's Rancho San Rafael Regional Park offers multiple opportunities for a wide variety of recreational activities. Rancho San Rafael Park is administered by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. There are no entrance or parking fees. For more information, call (775) 785-4512.

The north side of Rancho San Rafael Park is partially natural and undeveloped. However, there are hiking trails, The Ranch Disc Golf Course, the Basque Sheepherder Monument, and a softball field complex. The free parking area for the softball fields is also the trailhead for nature trails and a complex of hiking / biking trails through and around Evans Canyon.

The south side of Rancho San Rafael, with developed recreation areas and the most popular facilities, is where most visitors go. Here you'll find picnic areas, playing fields, a big dog park, rentable facilities, the Wilbur D. May Center, and more.

Those interested in how the park came to be can refer to "Rancho San Rafael History."

Things To Do at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Here are some of the things to see, do, and enjoy at the park...

About the Wilbur D. May Center

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park wouldn't be nearly as interesting without the Wilbur D. May Center, a combination of the Wilbur D. May Museum, May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, and restored ranch house available for meetings and events such as weddings. The Wilbur D. May Center is the legacy of this Nevada businessman, rancher, and philathropist. Call (775) 785-5961 for more information about the Wilbur D. May Center.

Getting to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is at 1595 N. Sierra Street. The main entrance from N. Sierra Street is west of the UNR campus and takes you onto San Rafael Drive, which runs along the south side of the park. From this street you can access the main features, such as the May Arboretum, May Museum, the playground, and various picnic areas. Other south entrances are from Coleman Drive and Washington Street. The north area of the park is reached from N. Virginia Street, north of McCarran Boulevard. Turn in to the parking area where you see a sign for the Reno Softball Complex. The park office phone number is (775) 785-4512. To learn more, you can download the "Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Guide" or pick up a copy next time you visit one of the parks.

Dogs in Rancho San Rafael Park - Dogs belong in the park's big dog park. Dogs are not allowed in the picnic areas or on the turf. Otherwise, dogs must be leashed and owners are required to clean up the dog poop.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, Nevada
Photos © Stan White

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