Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Reno, NV 89503
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Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is a beautiful park. We were lucky enough to spend 2 hours there on a gorgeous fall day. We loved exploring the park and taking in all of the vibrant colors.
The park has 570 acres of natural sage features and pastureland. About 25 of those acres are manicured turf, including grassy areas, picnic areas, and the play area.
Highlights of the park include the Wilbur D. May Center Museum, the Arboretum and Botanical Garden, numerous nature trails, the playground, a covered picnic shelter, two ponds, a dog park, and a magnificent Labyrinth Garden.
The playground is at the west end of the park. It has two play structures set in both sand and covered turf. There are six slides; four regular and two spiral. There are also tunnels, monkey bars, a ropes course and four big kid swings.
Rancho San Rafael Park began as a working ranch in the late 1890's. In 1979 a bond was passed allowing Washoe County to purchase the land. In the months that followed the land was developed. Wilber D. May was a long-time resident of Reno, a philanthropist, and world traveler. When he passed away, he bequeathed his collections to the city of Reno. The Wilbur D. May Center, Arboretum, and Botanical Garden house his many collections.