Davis Creek Regional Park, 20 miles south of Reno in Washoe Valley, offers a variety of recreational opportunities. There is a campground with 62 overnight sites, hiking and nature trails, biking and equestrian access, shady picnic areas, group camping and day use areas that can be reserved, a small fishing lake, and great views of Washoe Lake and Slide Mountain. The park is in a stand of Jeffrey pines, right at the transition zone between where the open Great Basin desert ends and the Sierra Nevada forest begins.
Day Use Activities at Davis Creek Regional Park
Davis Creek Park is a great place to go if you are looking for day use activities. There is something for everyone in the family, including the opportunity to just relax in the quiet shade of the forest. A big plus is that there is no day use fee unless you are reserving a group area for a picnic or other gathering. Here are some of the available facilities and things to do...
- Picnic / barbecue areas.
- Group picnic areas (must be reserved and there is a fee).
- Bird watching.
- Hiking and walking trails.
- Equestrian trails.
- Horseshoe pits.
- Volleyball courts.
- Fishing at Davis Creek Park Pond (requires Nevada fishing license).
- Winter ice skating on the pond (conditions permitting).
Overnight Camping at Davis Creek Regional Park
The Davis Creek Regional Park campground has 62 sites and an RV dump station. The campground is in the forest and moderately hilly. There are no hook-ups, but several of the sites can accommodate larger RVs and trailers. Sites can have up to 7 people. The fee is $20 per night and $5 for extra vehicles. Pets are $1. Coin-op hot showers are available. For campground information, call the parks administration office at (775) 823-6501.
Davis Creek has two group camping areas that can be reserved. There is an RV area for up to 100 people where tents can also be used. The fee is $125 per night with a refundable $100 security deposit. A walk-in tent area can accommodate up to 50 people. The fee is $100 per night with a $100 refundable security deposit. Both have running water, picnic tables, a large campfire ring, bear-proof food lockers, and hot showers. For group camping reservations, call (775) 823-6501.
Hiking the Ophir Creek Trail
The trailhead for Ophir Creek Trail is at a day use parking area inside the park. This challenging hike climbs steeply right from the beginning, but your reward is expansive views across Washoe Valley to the east and up to Slide Mountain on the west. If you go all the way to the Mt. Rose Highway and Tahoe Rim Trail, it's 7.5 miles one-way and almost all uphill - the gain is 3379 ft. This trek is for experienced hikers and you should start early. However, the first 1.9 miles takes you to the crossing at Ophir Creek and is a pleasant hike. This first section is steep as well, but you get some of the great views this trail is known for without going the whole way.
Getting to Davis Creek Regional Park
To reach Davis Creek Regional Park, drive about 20 miles south from Reno on U.S. 395. At the south end of Washoe City (and the north end of Washoe Valley), look for signs for a right turn onto Nevada 429 (old U.S. 395). After a short distance, there are signs for Davis Creek Regional Park and a right turn onto Davis Creek Camp Ground Road, which take you to all parts of the park. There are signs inside the park directing you to various locations like the campground, day use areas, and Davis Creek Park Pond. Davis Creek Regional Park is operated by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space.