Ranger Walks

Trees at Crystal Peak

Lace up your hiking boots and come get outdoors with a Washoe County Park Ranger! Discover new trails and learn more about your local environment in various Washoe County parks and open space habitats.

If this sounds like fun, preregister below and let's hit the trail! Bring sun protection, a sturdy pair of hiking boots, a snack and a bottle of water, and perhaps even your favorite camera.

There will be a maximum of 20 attendees allowed for each hike, and registration opens approximately 30 days in advance. This program is FREE and all ages are welcome, but please leave pets at home. 


2022 Schedule 

Pre-registration required. Please cancel if you cannot attend as we will likely have a waiting list. To cancel, log in to where you registered, click "My Account" and then choose "Historical Transaction List" to withdrawal. Please contact Denise at devans@washoecounty.gov with any issues.   

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Sunday, October 9, 2022 - 10:00am
Lockwood Trail

Come celebrate the changing seasons on an easy one mile stroll through Lockwood Park where we'll see thriving riparian vegetation, learn about native plants and wildlife, and talk about the ongoing restoration of this area which has become a real hot spot for bird watchers. We'll meet in the parking lot; please bring your walking shoes and your water bottle. 


* Fall Photo Hike * Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 2:00pm
Mt. Rose Trail to Galena Waterfall

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Are you excited for Fall? We are too! That's why we're offering bonus Ranger Walks on Saturdays from October 15th through November 5th! The Fall Photo Hikes series is meant to provide amateur photographers and hiking enthusiasts alike with the opportunity to capture their own spectacular fall photography while learning about what make these areas unique. If this sounds like fun, then bring a jacket, a sturdy pair of hiking boots, a bottle of water, a snack, and of course your favorite camera (but pack light!). The hikes, which are easy to medium in difficulty, will cover 2-5 miles in 2-3 hours, depending on weather and difficulty.  

This hike will cover approximately 5.0 miles, turning back at the Galena Waterfall, which is the mid-way point. Bring plenty of water! We'll meet at the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead parking lot near the restrooms.


Stay tuned for more info on these upcoming walks! 

Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 10:00am
Wilbur D. May Arboretum @ Rancho San Rafael Park


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