Nevada isn’t a lifeless desert and there is much more to do than simply gamble. Upon reaching Reno, I was in awe of the mountainous landscape. The Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is home to a number of hiking trails, including Wilbur D. May Arboretum.
In the fall the park was bursting with color and life, I was exciting to explore the trails.
The birds were singing in the trees, ducks quacking in the pond, a frog tried to blend in with the gravel but gave himself away with a hop, and a bunny sat just long enough for me to catch a shot before she bounded off under the brush.
There were so many benches to rest and take in the view,
even a fancy gazebo.
Climb to the highest point in the arboretum to glimpse magnificent views of Mt. Rose capped in thick white snow.
Down from the hill there was an area filled with flowering trees, native plants, and a rose garden.
Extend your walk by taking the scenic trail around the dog park,
or even into the mountain trail. Don’t leave without a walk around the labyrinth to elevate your relaxation. A different spot in the middle of town is Barbara Bennet Park, a great starting point to experience the Truckee Riverwalk. This is a popular walking route to do some people watching, see ducks in the river, access shops, and check out city life. No matter what else you have planned in Reno, be sure to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the city!