Hidden Valley Regional Park
Hidden Valley Regional Park:
Photo from the bluffs to the east of Hidden Valley Regional Park with the Carson Range in the distance and the park in the lower right.
Source: Jill Richardson
Since it opened in 1969, Hidden Valley Regional Park has been offering visitors plenty of ways for the entire family to recreate. Built on 480-acres deeded to Washoe County from the Bureau of Land Management, the park was envisioned to be “comparable to any in California or anywhere else in the United States” and it certainly has lived up to those expectations.
Over the following decades, many additions and improvements were made to the park. A 40-acre grant from the BLM gave the park picnic sites, riding and hiking trails, and a small pond on the Boynton Slough with trees and grassy areas. In 1978, the county announced that it would develop ten acres with tennis courts, jogging paths, and picnic areas. Public input was solicited in 1990 for a group picnic area and horse arena. New playground equipment, lawn and picnic shelter were added in 2007. The following year, local philanthropist Link Piazzo donated a dog park. Benches shaded by trees were also included.
Main Park Sign
Image by Jay Kolbet-Clausell
Submit Your Park Stories and Photos!
Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing to share your memories with your community? Stories and photos can be recent adventures in the park, old memories of what the park used to be like, or fond remembrances of what this park has meant to you in the past. Sharing your photographs and memories will help to build our shared history of these important public places.
Click here to upload your photos and/or stories!
General Park Information:
Hidden Valley Regional Park is a 480-acre Washoe County park with a restroom.
Playground, tennis/pickleball court, volleyball, multi-purpose trails (hiking, biking, horses), dog park (Link PIazzo Dog Park), horse arena (with announcer's stand), picnic areas (group area by permit/individual area non-reservable), horseshoes, and barbeque area.
Here is a link to Hidden Valley Regional Park on Washoe County’s website.
To view Link PIazzo Dog Park video, click here!
Typical Flora and Fauna:
The following are a few of our favorite highlights.
See the community submission section below to view additional wildlife sightings found at this park, and submit you own favorite naturalist sightings through iNaturalist!
Community Stories and Photos:
Hidden Valley Regional Park History Researcher
Jill is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Hidden Valley Regional Park. Thank you Jill for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!
To learn more about volunteering for this Project, click here.
Enjoy history? Then consider volunteering as a History Researcher today!
Like plants and animals? Then volunteer as our Biodiversity Researcher!
To learn more about the Dog Waste Project,
Bret Hartman is the Doggie Waste Ambassador for this park. Thank you Bret for helping to keep Hidden Valley Regional Park free from dog waste and keep our parks clean!
To learn more on how you can become a volunteer Doggie Waste Ambassador, click here.
Hidden Valley: One Page Guide
Hidden Valley: Discover Your Parks Video
Washoe County: Hidden Valley Regional Park
Hidden Valley: All Trails
New to Reno: Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley: Hiking Project
Newspapers.com: Reno Gazette-Journal
Newspapers.com: Nevada State Journal
Full list of history sources here