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ALL ABOARD THE 6TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY/CARSON CITY RAILFEST

rail1rail2rail3Experience the history of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at the 6th annual Virginia City/Carson City Railfest on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. Step into the shoes of our yesteryears and celebrate by riding the historic rails on a Stream Train from Carson City to Virginia City and back. Train rides are available all weekend and are a great experience for the whole family.

On Saturday, pose for a picture with legendary western characters at the Virginia City Living Legends Photo Op in the Delta Saloon parking lot. After you have your memorable picture taken, stop by the F street Train Depot to experience how the American Civil War helped shape the country we live in today at the Battle Born Civil War Reenactors Educational Booth. For adults 21 and over, escape the Comstock and relax on a romantic full moon evening train on the Moon Over the Comstock V & T Ride. This tranquil journey includes a light box dinner and a glass of wine in a souvenir Railfest wine glass.

Head over to the Nevada State Railroad Museum on Sunday to see and learn all about the trains that traveled along the V & T Railroad, as well as other locomotives and cars made famous in movies and on television.

For overnight accommodations in Virginia City and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS “DO NOT MISS” EVENTS SCHEDULE

During Hot August Nights, Reno Tahoe has more events happening around town than anyone could ever dream of attending. We know this can be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve made a list to highlight a few of our “do not miss” events each night. For the full event schedule, click here.

HAN2TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

2 pm to 6 pm              Summit Racing Equipment Show-n-Shine – 960 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks

3 pm to 5 pm              Local’s Classic Car Show-n-Shine Competition – Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray – Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Grand Sierra Resort

8 pm                            Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – Tickets from $25, $45, $65. Call 800-648-3568 or go to www.grandsierraresort.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10

9 am to 4 pm              Grand Sierra Resort Daily Classic Cherry Shown – Shine - Awards presented nightly at 7 pm on the venue stage.

5 pm to 10 pm            Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

6 pm                            Jelly Donut Eating Contest – Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

7 pm to 10 pm            Official Kick-off Cruise- Downtown Reno

7 pm to 10 pm            Controlled Cruise – Downtown Sparks

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray – Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11

12 pm to 10 pm          Hot August Nights Drags & Burnouts Presented by John Ascuaga’s Nugget & Full Throttle Performance – John Ascuaga’s Nugget. West Parking Lot

3 pm to 5 pm              Peppermill Night Life Show-n-Shine Competition – Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno

8 pm to 11 pm            Hot August Nights 25th Anniversary Prom – “Evening Under The Stars.” Sponsored by Circus Circus. Entertainment by Ronny & The Classics. Mandalay Ballroom. Tickets $15 in advance/$20 at the door- Call 800-648-5010 or 775-789-5604.

Entertainment

Grand Sierra Resort

8:15 pm                       HERMAN’S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE

Victorian Square – Sparks

8:15 pm                       “OH WHAT A NIGHT” A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS – Stage Presented by John Ascuaga’s Nugget & The City of Sparks.

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray – Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12HAN

2 pm                            Free Classic Film Festival - Rebel Without A Cause. John Ascuaga’s Nugget.  Celebrity Showroom.

7:30 pm to 8 pm         Kids Show-n-Shine Competition – All Ages Welcome. Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Reno.

9:45 pm                       Hot August Nights Fireworks Spectacular – Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray. Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

8 pm                            DOO WOP. The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson, Barbara Harris & The Toys, The Marcels, The Safaris, Kathy Young, Joe Jones & The Pentagons, & The Olympics. Tickets from $50, $69.50. Call the Silver Legacy Resort Casino at 800-MUST-SEE or ticketmaster.com or silverlegacy.com.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

8 am to 10 pm            Hot August Nights Official Classic Car Auction – Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

10 am to 3 pm            John Ascuaga’s Nugget Peoples Choice Award - Pick up judging ballot at John’s Club booth.

10 am to 5 pm            Big Boy’s Toy Store - Reno-Sparks Events Center, Downtown Reno – Presented by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino and the Eldorado Hotel Casino.

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm & 9:30 pm          Hairspray. Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

8 pm                            DICK FOX’S GOLDEN BOYS STARRING FRANKIE AVALON, FABIAN & BOBBY RYDELL. Tickets from $65 & $80. Call the Silver Legacy Resort Casino at 800-MUST-SEE or ticketmaster.com or silverlegacy.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

10 am                          Official Parade – Downtown Reno

Entertainment

Eldorado Hotel Casino

7 pm                            Hairspray. Tickets start at $24.95 – Dinner & Show. Packages Available. To order tickets call 775-786-5700 or 800-879-8879 or go to www.eldoradoreno.com.

Harrah’s Reno

8 pm                            Sammy Davis Jr. Tribute Show. Tickets are $25/$29, call 775-778-2900 for reservations or go to www.harrahsreno.com.

FIVE FUN WAYS TO DISCOVER RENO

For some, Reno, Nevada is known for the same vibrant nightlife and gambling outlets as Las Vegas – but on a smaller and more intimate scale. Obvious tourist attractions include shopping, restaurants, singers, comedians and magic shows. But beyond the slot machines and flashing lights, there is a plethora of family-fun activities available.

Go just a short distance out of town though and you will find a treasure trove of non-gambling alternatives that are great for all ages. Here are five family-friendly activities you may want to consider for your next vacation to Reno, Nevada.

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Anglers prize the Reno area for some of the best fly-fishing territory around. You can visit one of the many tackle shops in the area for maps of private and public lakes and river access areas. If you are interested in having a true fisherman’s experience, consider taking a class or attending one of the fly tying clinics and tie your own. There is nothing like catching that two-pound trout on a bumblebee you created with your own two hands.

Only 40 miles from Reno is famous Lake Tahoe, which offers spectacular views, clear mountain air and ample fishing holes for privacy or group activities. Guides are available, or you can pack a picnic basket, quilt and fishing gear and head off on your own for an adventurous day on the water. If you have always wanted “to land that BIG one,” consider visiting Pyramid Lake. This lake proudly boasts they have the largest Cutthroat Trout.

Whether you choose Pyramid Lake, Truckee River, Lake Tahoe or one of the other streams, lakes and rivers near Reno, prepare yourself for a day filled with awesome scenery and relaxing outdoor fun.

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Many people think you have to go to Lake Tahoe to enjoy hiking trails that offer hikers challenging terrain. Not true! There are numerous trails in Reno parks and just on the outskirts of the city.  Hikers and trail watchers can find easy, moderate and challenging trails to test their skills and that will suit a variety of levels of physical fitness. You will find short trails that start at about 600 feet and have a gentle slope and more challenging trails that test your endurance.

About eight miles out of town in the gorgeous Sierra Mountains that surround Reno, Nevada, you will find the Tahoe Rim Trail in Galena Regional Park. This trail offers a loop that is just over 9 miles of moderate to mostly steep climbing. Hikers can expect to see desert terrain covered with sage, pine, juniper bushes and the occasional waterfall. Bring lots of film or extra chips for the camera. The views are breathtaking. And remember to pack plenty of water and a few energy bars or a lunch.

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If golf is your game–Reno, Nevada is your destination. There are over 50 golf courses within 90 miles of Reno proper. The PGA stops in Reno for the Reno-Tahoe Open, so you know the greens are great. No matter what your level of expertise, you will be able to find a course to fit your skill. Private lessons are available at most of the courses through resident pros and through guest pass arrangements. Since the high altitude gives golfers a natural advantage, you can expect to hit the ball further with every stroke. Get ready to play the lowest score of your life. If you’re a family with younger kids that aren’t ready for the big green yet, check out the many mini-golf options in the area.

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For a relaxing day with some educational benefits, consider visiting one of the numerous museums in Reno. You can find museums dedicated to a variety of topics. An automobile museum, a museum dedicated to Disney and many others call Reno home. The Wilbur D. May museum is an adventure the entire family can enjoy. The artifacts and collectibles gleaned from years of traveling the world offer an exciting, eclectic blend. The indoor waterfall you’ll find there is always a big hit with kids and adults alike. Remember to check days and hours the museum is opened before planning your day. Some museums have limited hours.

Read, Paint, Write

Many artists enjoy the inspiration they absorb from the desert climate and surrounding rivers and mountains. Writers claim to feel the spirit of the nomadic American Indians. Artist carrying pallet and canvas attempt to capture the delicate yellow flower of the desert cactus in the early morning. Students from the college can be seen relaxing near the river as they search for answers to questions posed by Aristotle.

Visiting Reno is an opportunity to enjoy nature with your family, while having fun and learning, too. Enjoy.

This post was written by freelance writer Martha Keagan who is a full time mother, writer and part time real estate agent. Keagan has assisted hundreds of college students find housing and apartments in Reno for years. Reno is a great city, if you are looking to visit or even relocate to Reno, find a short term apartment to stay in before you decide to purchase a house.

SUPERHEROES AND VILLANS WILL SAVE THE WORLD, ONE DRINK AT A TIME

The only thing Superheroes, Super-zeros and Villains can agree on: a giant pub crawl. On July 16, identities will be masked, evil will pause and good times will prevail.

We know you have to get to making your unarguably awesome costumes, so we’ll keep the details short:

$2 and $3 drink specials

17 participating bars

Cash and other prizes! (How often are you paid to drink with your friends?)

Cost: $5 gets you a cup and a map

Upgraded VIP Cup: Only $40 buys you admission and one $5 drink at each of the 17 stops. FYI: that’s $85 worth of booze!

Be Safe, don’t drive. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino has discounted hotel rooms exclusively for Crawlers. Enter code SUPER11.

Start time: 8pm

End time: You make the call. You’re in Reno.

Start Location: Biggest Little City Club at 188 California Avenue

The Superhero Crawl’s mission is to save the World, one drink at a time. So, just in case you needed one more reason to party, a portion of the proceeds is donated to support the Washoe County School District.

Check out the costumes from last year and let your imagination decide your pseudo-character for the night.

FREE GUIDED HIKES THROUGH TAHOE’S BACKCOUNTRY

WildflowerMeadow (2)Mice_Meadows (2)Desolation 123 (2)Our late snow melt is providing impeccable hiking conditions all summer! Reno Tahoe has the perfect combo: spring’s rolling green hills with late blossoming flowers and summer’s warm weather.

This July, join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for FREE guided hikes every week. There are hikes for all abilities so anyone can discover this fun and easy way to exercise, socialize and visit beautiful vistas during the summer months in the Tahoe Basin.

Saturday, July 9 – Grandma, Grandpa & Me Hikes

10am, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

10am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Happening at two locations due to popular demand, kids will learn about neighboring animals, their habitat and wilderness safety on this unforgettable adventure.

Saturday, July 9 – Castle Rock

8am, at the Kingsbury Grade North Trailhead

Hike the awe-inspiring Tahoe Rim Trail over rolling terrain with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe along the way to Castle Rock.

Saturday, July 16 – Dardanelles Lake

8am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Passing through shallow creeks, strikingly beautiful cliffs and the Big Meadow, you’ll reach the Dardanelles Lakes.

Saturday, July 23 – Echo Lakes

8am, at Echo Summit North Trailhead

This 10.6 mile trek will pass spectacular granite formations, allowing you to enjoy the deep blue surface of Lower and Upper Echo Lakes.

Sunday, July 24 – Birds, Views and Falls

7am, at the Mount Rose Trailhead

Hike from the Mount Rose Trailhead to Galena Falls to enjoy the birds and soak in great views before arriving at Galena Falls and the surrounding alpine meadows. Possible avian participants are Green-tailed Towhee, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird and MacGillivray’s Warbler.

Saturday, July 30 – Barker Pass

8am, at the Barker Pass Trailhead

Not only will you enjoy some great vistas and wildflowers on this hike, but you will also learn how TRTA Trail Builders build and maintain this incredible trail. Don’t worry, this is a “hands-off” trail building lesson.

THREE PEAKS IN THREE WEEKS

Friday, July 15 – Mt. Rose

7am, at the Mt. Rose Parking Plaza and Trailhead

Friday, July 22 – Freel Peak

6:30am, at the Big Meadows Trailhead

Friday, July 29 – Mt. Tallac

7am, at the Glenn Alpine Trailhead.

FULL MOON HIKES – TRTA Members Only

Friday, July 15

7:30pm, at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead

Not a member of the TRTA? Join! Afterwards, enjoy a three mile moonlit tromp through the Tahoe Meadows up to the Tahoe Basin ridge. Expect casually paced hikes for all ages, while slowing down to enjoy the flora and fauna and to explore with your nighttime senses.

You must register in advance for these summer hikes. Online registration is now required for all TRTA programs and can be completed on the TRTA website at www.tahoerimtrail.org. For more information call 775-298-0012 or email Tom at programs@tahoerimtrail.org.

For more Lake Tahoe hiking trails click here.

HAPPY HIKING!

WALKING ON WATER… SORT OF

paddleboardHot summer weekends are finally here and you can jump into the summer season by enjoying Tahoe’s “coolest” attraction. Lake Tahoe is renowned for its cobalt blue waters, providing a clear view of depths up to 75 feet. And hey, what better way to explore its depths than to skim its surface via paddle? Here’s something unexpected: Lake Tahoe is the largest stand up flat-water paddleboard venue in the country!

“Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most scenic and green ways to take in Lake Tahoe,” said Ernie Brassard, president of the 2011 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Classic, August 13-14 in Kings Beach. “You get a completely different perspective of the lake and the surrounding mountains from the water than you do from the trail.”

The sport continues to skyrocket in popularity, as evidenced by a recent increase in Tahoe rental shops and outfitters, as well as festivals taking center stage during the summer and fall months.

A popular event you won’t want to miss is the Jam from the Dam, July 9, which has participants racing six miles from Commons Beach in Tahoe City to the Waterman’s Landing – a new restaurant and stand up paddleboard shop. Like the Ta-Hoe Nalu, it’s a great opportunity for spectators to demo equipment in a fun and festive environment.

Need equipment? Tahoe Paddle & Oar caters to the canoe and kayak audience with rentals available, including wetsuits and life vests, along with on-water lessons. If it’s a lazy Sunday and you want your paddleboards and beaches all in one place, rentals are available at one of Tahoe’s most well-known beaches, Sand Harbor State Park, located outside of Incline Village. Kayaks and paddleboards are a must to explore San Harbor’s hidden coves, cathedral of massive white boulders and lively beach activities. The infamous white sand is also a great picnic spot!

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Winter Survival Techniques Workshop at Galena Creek

Galena SnowIt’s always best to be properly prepared for a day in the great outdoors, and even more so during the winter. Galena Creek Visitor Center is pleased to present a workshop on winter wilderness survival. Park Ranger John Keesee will be presenting a workshop on how to safely enjoy our snowbound open spaces this year.

 

This winter, come prepared! Tell your family and friends, and come to the visitor center on Saturday, January 22 from 2-4 p.m. as Park Ranger John Keesee will shares tips, anecdotes and stories on how and why to prepare for a day in the outdoors. There will be an opportunity at the end of the presentation to speak with Ranger John and ask him your questions. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. While you’re here, you may also want to take in our new exhibits, or do a bit of shopping at our gift store.

 

Suggested donation $10/person. Advance registration required. To register or for more information, please contact the visitor center at: (775) 849-4948 or by email at: visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org.

The Galena Creek Visitor Center is managed by Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space under a special use permit from the US Forest Service. Great Basin Institute operates the Visitor Center, provides volunteers and staff, and offers educational programming for visitors of all ages. The mission of the GCVC is to encourage understanding, appreciation and appropriate use of the natural, cultural and historical resources of the Galena Canyon Area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway.  To learn more about the Visitor Center, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more, please call the number below or visit our website at www.thegreatbasininstitute.org. Beginning October 15th, through April 30th, the Galena Creek Visitor Center is open Friday – Sunday from 9am – 4pm.  (775) 849-4948.

Two Injured Black Bear Cubs Find Refuge in North Reno

Bear Cub 1The Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary & Nature Center, north of Reno, Nevada, will rehabilitate two injured black bear cubs rescued from the wild in late November. One of the orphaned cubs is a 46-pound male with a broken rear leg. The other is a 16-pound male, rescued by the Bear League, and is extremely malnourished, weighing nearly one third his normal weight and has frostbitten ears. Their recovery will depend on daily monitoring, isolation from humans and attentive veterinary care. The Animal Ark has successfully rehabilitated 13 bears for release back into the wild, and have worked with the Nevada Department of Wildlife on bear issues for the past 21 years.

“Rehabilitating these bears and still giving them a chance to be successfully released back into the wild is not easy,” says Carl Lackey, Nevada Department of Wildlife Black Bear Biologist. “Despite the high odds, Animal Ark has had many successes over the years in cases like these. Only time will tell if these bears can successfully be released successfully in the wild.”

“These cubs lack the survival skills and body weight necessary to make it through the winter,” said Aaron Hiibel, co-founder of the Animal Ark. “We will provide food and veterinary care for them for as long as they require it to get healthy.”

Bear Cub 2The cubs will be nursed back to health in an isolated enclosure at the facility. The Ark lacks the necessary funding to construct a wild black bear rehabilitation facility which would cost nearly $25,000. This enclosure would include dens, an exercise yard, a pond, and security from keepers to prevent the bears from becoming comfortable with human contact.

“A fully functioning rehabilitation facility would be ideal in this case, but we have had success rehabbing bears in the past with the tools and the enclosures at hand,” said Hiibel. “We are committed to nursing these cubs back to health for release back into the wild, but due to the extreme nature of their condition we might have to house them for five to eight months before they are healthy enough and have the proper survival skills to make it in the wild.”

 

Aside from a new rehabilitation enclosure, feeding and housing these cubs is a costly endeavor for the Ark. As a non-profit organization the Animal Ark depends on donors to support large projects such as this. If you are interested in donating funds please contact Animal Ark founders, Aaron or Diana Hiibel at (1-775) 970-3111, or mail donations to Animal Ark, P.O. Box 60057, Reno, NV 89506. You may also donate online at www.AnimalArk.org

About the Animal Ark Animal Ark is a 38-acre wildlife sanctuary and nature center founded in 1981. This facility’s rural setting provides an ideal place to house non-releasable wildlife and allows the public a unique opportunity to view these animals in natural habitat exhibits through glass viewing areas. In addition to the Nevada Department of Wildlife this organization partners with conservation organizations in Africa and is a member of the American Sanctuary Association.

- Diana Hiibel

Guest Post: An RV Camping Adventure in Reno Tahoe

RV FallEven amidst the threat of a the area’s first big winter storm, RV camping enthusiasts (especially the more adventurous ones) are conceiving and planning their next trip.

This is the perfect season to gas up the RV and head to Reno Tahoe USA for a memorable RV camping adventure. Why go? Think of it this way—where else can you camp in RV comfort so close to sparkling mountain lakes, fabulously scenic hiking trails and an abundance of world-class attractions?

The cool nights and temperate days of fall tempt RV campers to roll into Reno Tahoe for good times, great camping and stories to share back home.

Did we mention Reno Tahoe averages three hundred sunny days each year? That means more time on the trails, on the water and reeling in the big ones.

Besides the area’s easy access to the legendary Tahoe Rim Trail, intrepid hikers are going to love the challenge of trails like Mount Rose Summit, Ophir Creek and Slide Mountain.

Sailboat TahoeIf you’d rather spend your days on the water, you can’t go wrong renting a boat to cruise Lake Tahoe. The sheer beauty of this mountain lake has made it a magnet for all kinds of boatingfans. Kayakers will also want to investigate the Truckee River Whitewater Park, a half-mile thrill-a-minute trek just shouting distance from the downtown Reno entertainment district.

And if you’re looking for a place to snag a trophy trout, the lakes of Washoe County can’t be beat! Pyramid Lake’s record-breaking cutthroats are just one of the lures that draw RV camping anglers here each autumn.

One more tip for a less-strenuous outdoor fall adventure—leaf peeping! The golden glow of aspens and cottonwoods lights up the North Lake Tahoe region every autumn. Tip: for even more variety of fall foliage, try the parks and bike paths near the Truckee River in Reno.  

At the end of the day, whether you’ve been scrambling down steep mountain trails or pulling slots in the cool of a casino, it’s good to know there are friendly RV campgrounds nearby. For help finding the perfect RV campground for your stay, be sure to check these listings:

http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/reno-tahoe/what-to-do/camp-rv/rv-parks/

No matter how you prefer to spend your RV camping vacation in Reno Tahoe, you’ll go home with exciting memories. Come for the outdoor wonders and stay to play in one of the area’s indoor playgrounds. What are you waiting for? Start planning your own RV trip to Reno Tahoe.

-Joe Laing

About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

New Reno Tahoe Visitor Center Opens!

TrailheadThe Galena Creek Visitor Center on Mt. Rose Highway is open to the public and available as a resource for travelers along the Mt. Rose Highway as well visitors to the Galena Creek Recreation Area and Galena Creek Regional Park.

The new Visitor Center is part of an ongoing partnership among the U.S. Forest Service and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space to increase public understanding, appreciation and wise use of the many natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway.

“What an exciting and unique partnership to offer this opportunity to the public,” said Jeanne Higgins, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor. “Many people have worked very hard to build this facility, and I am thrilled that we are now opening our center to the public,” Higgins said. 

The Visitor Center and Recreation Area are operated by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Washoe County has partnered with the Great Basin Institute to operate the center. Great Basin Institute’s staff and volunteers will provide information about local areas of interest, hikes, camping and other recreational activities. They also plan to offer a variety of seasonal nature programs for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the summer season, May 1 – October 15; and 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday during the winter months, October 15 through  April 30.

The new Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area is located at 18250 Mount Rose Highway. Additional highlights of the area include:

The entrance to the Visitor Center will now be the new north entrance to Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park.

The center includes a weather station, exhibits, gift shop and book store. 

The Recreation Area has individual picnic areas and one large group picnic area and a new trailhead. The group picnic area may be reserved by calling Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at (775) 823-6501.

A half-mile paved nature trail is located just outside the Visitor Center along with access to the Jones-Whites Creek Loop Trail and the Mt. Rose Wilderness.   

Funding for this project was provided by a series of grants form the Federal Highways Administration, WC-1 Regional Parks, Trails, Open Space and Libraries Bond of 2000, the U.S. Forest Service, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The mission of the Galena Creek Recreation Area and Visitor Center is to encourage under- standing, appreciation and wise use of the natural cultural and historical resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway.

For more information about the Galena Creek Recreation Area and Visitor Center, or to volunteer as a docent or guide for the center, visit www.thegreatbasininstitute.org or call the Visitor Center at (775) 849-4948.

-Stefanie Givens