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Washoe County Park Use/Rules

Categories: Parks Parks General
  • This page contains a summary of the most common rules and regulations that apply to Washoe County's parks and trails. For detailed information on the ordinances that Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space operates under, download Chapter 95 (PDF) of the County Code.


    • Park use is restricted to designated Park Hours
    • No motorized vehicles on trails
    • No overnight use (except at Davis Creek Campground)
    • Please use trash receptacles - No littering!
    • Fires are allowed in designated areas only
    • Charcoal only in grills
    • No amplified music or sound
    • Pets must be kept on leash at all times (see 'Pets in Parks' below)
    • Rockets, Drones and R/C airplanes and cars are not allowed
    • Shooting is only allowed at the Regional Shooting Facility
    • Archery is only allowed at the Regional Archery Facility
    • Do not feed the wildlife
    • Do not remove flowers, other vegetation, or firewood
    • All of Nevada Department of Wildlife's fishing regulations must be followed


    • Pets must be on leash at all parks, trails, and open spaces owned by Washoe County
      Chapter 95.140 of the County Code: Owners must have animals leashed no more than 6 feet in length and under immediate control at all times
    • Dog waste must be picked up!
      Chapter 55.130 of the County Code: It is unlawful for any person owning or having control or custody of any animal to permit the animal to defecate upon the public property of the county or upon the private property of another unless the person immediately removes the feces and properly disposes of it.
    • There are two areas where animals are prohibitedBowers Mansion Regional Park and the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park

    • There are two areas that allow dogs to be off leash: the multi-use pasture at Rancho San Rafael Park and the Link Piazzo Dog Park at Hidden Valley Regional Park. Visit the Dog Park page for more details on these two facilities.

Updated 12/2/2022 4:53 PM
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