General Park Information:
Huffaker Park is a 76-acre Reno park with a restroom (opened seasonally: late April-early October weather permitting).
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!
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.
Image by Jill Richardson
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!
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!
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.
Community Stories and Photos:
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.
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!
General Park Resources:
Huffaker One Page Park Guide
Huffaker Discover Your Park Video
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.