Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading free walks in different parks located in Washoe County from April 6 through September 28, 2017. April walks start at 6 p.m. and the remainder start at 7 p.m. All walks are on Thursday evenings and are half a mile to about 1.5 miles. Each week, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a bit over an hour on each hike. Walks are open to everyone.

The next walk, on April 20, 2017, will be at Idlewild Park in Reno. Others follow each Thursday evening through September. Get additional information from “Discover Your Parks Walks in Washoe County.”

  • April 6 – Mayberry Park and Tom Cooke Trailhead
  • April 13 – Sparks Marina Park
  • April 20 – Idlewild Park
  • April 27 – Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
  • May 4 – Dorostkar Park
  • May 11 – Wedekind Regional Park – Disc Drive Trailhead
  • May 18 – Virginia Lake Park
  • May 25 – Huffaker Hills Lookout Trail
  • June 1 – Swan Lake Nature Study Area
  • June 8 – Pah Rah Interpretive Trail & Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • June 15 – Sierra Vista Park
  • June 22 – Sun Valley Memorial Walk
  • June 29 – Galena Creek Regional Park, North Entrance
  • July 6 – Oxbow Nature Study Area
  • July 13 – Lazy 5 Regional Park
  • July 20 – Davis Creek Regional Park
  • July 27 – Hidden Valley Regional Park
  • August 3 – Wingfield & Barbara Bennet Park
  • August 10 – Valley Wood Park Trail
  • August 17 – Wilson Commons Park
  • August 24 – Teglia’s Paradise Park
  • August 31 – Glendale Park
  • September 7 – Mira Loma Park
  • September 14 – Crystal Peak Park
  • September 21 – Rainbow Ridge Park Loop
  • September 28 – Lockwood Trailhead

April is finally bringing us some spring weather, even though it’s in fits and starts. Nevertheless, we have numerous activities to enjoy in April, come rain, snow, or shine.

Here is a sample of the many things to do this month. Learn about even more from “April 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region” and our “NewToReno.com Big Events Calendar.”

The Idlewild Park train is one of Reno’s most popular family attractions. Train rides for the 2017 season begin on Saturday, March 18, just in time for the Washoe County School District spring break.

From March 18 through April 2, the train will be open for rides daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Following spring break, it runs on weekends only through Memorial Day weekend, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fare is $2 per person, cash only. Kids 2 and under ride free on an adult lap.

After Memorial Day, the Idlewild Park train will run every day except Mondays from May 30 through September 4, 2017. It will, however, operate on the Mondays of Memorial Day and Labor Day. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.