Bowers Mansion Regional Park

The Mansion is now open for weekend & holiday tours through the end of October! We are also open Fridays from June 14th through August 9th. Tours are on the hour from 11am to 3pm.

4005 Bowers Mansion Road, New Washoe City, NV 89704 (click here to view a map)

Park Ranger Office: (775) 849-1825
Bowers Mansion Office: (775) 849-0201
Bowers Pool: (775) 849-0644
Bowers Mansion

Bowers Mansion Regional Park is located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately 20 miles south of Reno on old 395. Expansive sunny lawn areas and lots of tall shade trees make this a perfect spot for picnics. There are two group picnic pavilions (reservable) as well as many individual picnic sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park also offers a seasonal outdoor pool, two children's playgrounds and the Historic Bowers Mansion.



Bowers Mansion Regional Park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. For photos of some of these species, click here. We have also been working with local Wildlife Photographers to capture pictures and videos of the parks wildlife. You can see all of this on the parks Facebook Page. Also, check out Bowers Mansion Regional Park on iNaturalist.


Nevada Living History Day
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Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 19, 2024 will be the next Nevada Living History Day. Various exhibits and demonstrations take place inside and around the mansion as well as a mansion history talk at the top of each hour. Self-guided tours available for $8 adults and $6 children & seniors (cash only please). And, a food truck will be on-site to serve our guests! For future event dates, keep an eye on our calendar of events page.
Programs on the Porch


This year's theme is 'Variety Edition'. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this free* series each Spring in front of the historic Bowers Mansion.  Fridays from 7pm to 8pm, May 17th thru June 21st. *This series is free, however donations are happily accepted for the speakers. Call the Ranger Office at 775-849-1825 for more information. 
  • May 17, 2024 - Carson Street Ragtime Band (Swing/Ragtime music from the 20's, 30's & more)
  • May 24, 2024 - Snakes & Other Herps (UNR Biology Dept.)
  • May 31, 2024 - Winters Family History (presentation by the NV Historical Society)
  • June 7, 2024 - History of Wild Horses in NV (American Wild Horse Conservation)
  • June 14, 2024 - U&I Band
  • June 21, 2024 - Major General John C. Fremont (live historical character reenactment by Chautauquan Steve Hale)


The mansion and its history has been featured in various videos & articles. Click the links below to view them:

A visit by the 'History Hunters' (2022)

Washoe Life Podcast highlighting the incredible life of Eilley Bowers (2022)

Women's History Podcast (Episode 81) highlighting Eilley Bowers

'Saving Bowers Mansion' (Article in Nevada Magazine, Spring 2021)

Interpreting Park Biodiversity Through Wildlife Photography (2020 Virtual Presentation)

'Wild Nevada' (Episode 509)

Bowers Mansion Regional Park was awarded the 2019 Silver State Legacy Park Award, which is the highest accolade the Nevada Recreation and Park Society can bestow upon a park.

'Washoe Way Back' video

'Knowing Nevada' video (News 4)

Legendary Nevadans: Eilley Bowers of Washoe Valley (Travel Nevada)

Biography of Alison (Eilley) Oram Bowers (Nevada Women's History Project)

'Mysteries at the Castle' (Season 3, Episode 3) - This episode aired on January 22, 2016. (skip to 29:19 in the video)

Bonanza - Under Attack [1995] - Portions of this TV movie were filmed at Bowers Mansion. The inside of the mansion first appears at 5:48 in the video.

Bonanza (Season 1, Episode 7) - Aired on October 24, 1959, the mansion is shown at the end of the show (46:28 in the video) as the home constructed by Annie O’Toole after striking it rich. The footage of the mansion was reused in season eight's "The Greedy Ones" as mining tycoon Shasta's estate.

1955 Episode of 'Death Valley Days' about Eilley Bowers

Pet Policy

Please note that due to the historical significance, pets are not allowed at Bowers Mansion Regional Park with the exception of service animals.

Picnic Areas

Bowers Picnic

The day use individual picnic areas are available on a first come, first serve basis. The Comstock Pavilion and Washoe Pavilion are available by reservation only. For availability or to request a reservation, click here or contact Park Reservations at (775) 823-6501 or

Bowers Mansion Pool


The William N. Pennington Foundation has donated over $500,000 to renovate the Bowers Mansion Pool over the years. This "Z" shaped, 44 meter, heated outdoor pool operates seasonally and includes easy entry ladders and a hydraulic lift. For more information, visit the Bowers Mansion Pool webpage or call 775-849-0644.

Historic Bowers Mansion


The historic Bowers Mansion is located within the park and offers a rare glimpse into Nevadan life of the 1860's. L.S. "Sandy" Bowers and his psychic wife, Eilley Oram, earned a fortune in their silver mine near Gold Hill, Nevada and became Nevada's first Comstock Lode millionaires. With their wealth, they built the mansion in 1864 and then traveled the world to furnish it. It is now one of the most impressive restored homes in Nevada. The mansion is open seasonally for weekend & holiday guided tours and there is a small visitor center located directly behind the mansion. For more information, visit the Bowers Mansion webpage or call 775-849-0201

Activities: BBQ/Picnicking,  Junior Ranger Program,  Walking,  Biking,  Historic Mansion Tours,  Swimming,  Children's Playgrounds,  Photography

Facilities: Historic Bowers Mansion,  Bowers Pool,  Comstock Pavilion,  Washoe Pavilion,  Visitor Center,  Children's Playgrounds,  Picnic Areas 

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