General Park Information:

Sky Tavern Park is a 143-acre park without a restroom.

Amenities Include: 

Trails, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and event/wedding venue. 

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

Sky Tavern Sign

Sky Tavern Sign .jpg

Photo by: Jill Richardson


Sky Tavern:

Lift lines at Sky Tavern

Source: Bill Henderson, Executive Director of Sky Tavern

Before the ski resorts brought families to the mountains, lumbermen ventured up into the forests to get wood needed for Comstock mining operations. Once there was better access to the mountains, adventurous skiers climbed up Slide Mountain and raced down. The first ski area in Nevada was built in 1939 by Wayne Poulsen called Mt. Rose Upski and Ski School Tyrol. There was a rope tow at Galena Creek, followed by a rope tow at Grass Lake, later to become Sky Tavern. 


Then along came Keston Ramsey and George Tett, who bought Sky Tavern in 1944. Keston Ramsey, a building contractor, owned all the land up to Mt. Rose, according to his son Al. At a base elevation of 7600’ and peak at 8250’, the area had better snow than other Tahoe areas.

Sky Tavern - rope tow old photo.jpg


Flora and Fauna

Click on the blue categories below to learn about local flora and fauna found in our parks and open spaces! 

You can also document your own biodiversity sightings through iNaturalist.



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community submissions

Community Stories and Photos:

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Sky Tavern

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

Your Name

Sky Tavern

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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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!

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volunteer highlights

Sky Tavern History Researcher

Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of Sky Tavern. Thank you Jill for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!


resources/more info

Historical Resources:

  • Sky Tavern Website:

  • City of Reno: Sky Tavern

  • Reno Gazette Journal

  • Reno Evening Gazette

  • Nevada State Journal

  • Interviews by Jill Richardson with Todd Torvinen, Al Ramsey