Huffaker Park

General Park Information:

Huffaker Park is a 76-acre Reno park with a restroom (opened seasonally: late April-early October weather permitting).


Amenities Include: 

Playground, soccer/football field, baseball/softball field, basketball court, tennis court, horseshoes, exercise court, trails, picnic shelter, barbeque area, rentable shelter, and tables/benches.

 

View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!  

Submission Box for Personal Stories/Photos:  

Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing share your memories with your community?

 

Then click here (for gmail account users) or here (if no gmail account) to upload your photos and/or stories.

 

If you have a photo 10 years or older of this park, they could potentially be used in an exhibit in our traveling Parks Rephotography Project photo collection! How exciting to have your memories on display!

 

Click here to learn more.  

Huffaker Settlers:

The first European settlers in the area surrounding Huffaker Park were Mormons who built their homes here in the 1850s from stone. When Brigham Young called his Mormon followers back to Salt Lake City, these settlers left. Granville W. Huffaker was one of the early non-Mormon settlers of the Truckee Meadows. He and Lew P. Drexler had a cattle business in this area as of 1958 consisting of around 500 head of cattle.  

Raising livestock was an important business in the Truckee Meadows as it provided food for the miners after the discovery of silver in the nearby Virginia Hills. Prior to the discovery of the Comstock Lode, there were only about 25 non-native people living in the Truckee Meadows.
 

 

Huffaker Sign

Image by Jill Richardson 

 

biodiversity

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!

Flora:

Highlights:

What plants have you seen here?

Fauna:

Highlights:

What animals have you seen here?

 

community submissions

Submission Box for Biodiversity Sightings:  

Click here to document your own biodiversity observations from this park on iNaturalist.

Any observations noted along the Truckee River, please share with the 

Truckee River Guide here.  

Biodiversity Submissions:

Community Stories and Photos:

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Huffaker Park

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

Your Name

Huffaker Park

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

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Huffaker Park

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

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volunteer highlights

To view this project, click here.

Doggie Ambassadors Project:

Clara Mitchell is the Doggie Waste Ambassador for this park. Thank you Clara for helping to keep Huffaker Park and Trail free from dog waste and keeping our parks clean!

To learn more on how you can become a volunteer Doggie Waste Ambassador, click here.

Parks Rephotography Site Steward:

To learn more about the Parks Rephotography Project, click here.

Do you like photography? Consider becoming a Parks Rephotography Site Steward for this park!

 

Click here to learn more.

Volunteer Needed:

 

resources/more info

General Park Resources:

  • Huffaker Lookout Trail Map.

  • Ingall, Major G.W. (1968)   History of Washoe County, Nevada. 

  • Davis, S. P. (1913). History of Nevada, Vol 1. Reno.

  • Fockler, M. (2007). Plumbing the Truckee: Water, Diversion and the Creation of Community along the Truckee River, Nevada. Reno: UMI Dissertation Services.

  • Wells Fargo Website: Stagecoach. 

  • Channel 4 News story on making snow on Rattlesnake Mountain: Tahoe's first snowmaking operation was in Reno.  

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