“Come in from the Cold” is a family entertainment series brought to you by Washoe County Parks and the performers themselves.

The series of performances is held in the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. All shows are on Saturday evenings starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The first show in the 2019 series is on January 12 and they will be weekly through March 16. Here are the January shows. See the rest in my “2019 Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series” article.

  • January 12 – Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association: Monday Night Volunteers
  • January 19 – Cowboy poet Larry Maurice
  • January 26 – Chris Wessel’s Jazz-Dixie Review

The Bartley Ranch Regional Park Western Heritage Interpretive Center is at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in south Reno. Seating is limited to 200 people and there are no reservations. If you really want to get in, don’t show up at the last minute or you will stay out in the cold. For more information, call (775) 828-6612 or (775) 823-6500. A $3 per person donation is requested to help support this and future park programs.


The Washoe County Health District’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program has teamed up with Washoe County’s GIS Technology Services to build an interactive regional parks directory promoting park usage in our community. A central goal of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program is to increase physical activity to reduce the overall chronic disease burden in Washoe County. Being physically active can help prevent many unhealthy conditions and illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Until now, there had not been an easy way to find a park in our community. Instead park information was separated by jurisdiction and could be viewed on their respective websites. The new interactive directory now includes all parks in the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County all in one directory. Residents and visitors can search for park by amenity, name or location to identify a park that meets their needs. The directory also includes a trail finder for residents to explore the area and view the scenery of northern Nevada through hiking, biking, snowshoeing or horseback riding.

You can also check out the parks and trails information on NewToReno.com

Source: Washoe County press release.

Washoe County staff leads these “Walk with Washoe” hikes at various locations. Outings are on Tuesday evenings and are free and open to the public. These are moderate strolls of 2 miles or a bit less. Here are the remaining hikes in the 2018 series…

  • August 21 at 6:30 p.m., Galena Creek Regional Park – 2 miles – Meet at: Bearmat Group Picnic Area
  • September 18 at 5:30 p.m., Lockwood Trailhead Loop – 1.2 miles – Meet at: Parking lot near restrooms
  • October 2 at 5:30 p.m., Ballardini Trailhead – 2 miles – Meet at: Ballardini Trailhead parking lot

Late summer is a good time to take a hike on your own around the Reno area, assuming it isn’t too hot and the air is free of wildfire smoke. That, of course, is subject to rapid change these days. My “Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails” article is a good place to start when looking for a suitable trail.

Here are some of the hikes I have done and can recommend…

There is another hiking series taking place right now. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading “Discover Your Parks Walks” at a different park every week through September.

Attention dog owners – It’s the law to keep dogs on leash at all times in designated congested areas of Washoe County and in Nevada State Parks. It doesn’t matter if your dog is “friendly.” Other users of public trails do not want to be approached and/or threatened by unleashed dogs. They don’t enjoy piles of dog poop all over the place, either. Be considerate of others using our trails – leash your dogs and pick up the poop.

Tahoe Meadows Trailhead, hiking, Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White