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Reno's Bartley Ranch Regional Park

Reno History & Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park

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Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno, Nevada

Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno, Nevada.

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The focus at Reno's Bartley Ranch Regional Park is on western history, group activities, picnics, outdoor entertainment in the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, and hiking and biking on easy trails. This park accommodates equestrians with a horse arena and trails. The Western Heritage Interpretive Center and historic Huffaker Schoolhouse preserve regional history and are the site of various activities throughout the year.

What To Do at Bartley Ranch Regional Park Park

Bartley Ranch Regional Park has restroom facilities, four group picnic areas, individual picnic sites, a horse arena and warm-up arena, and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. There is no fee to enter the park and there is lots of parking.

Bartley Ranch is not one of those parks where you would go to let kids and dogs run amuck. There is no playground and dogs must be leashed. This is your place, however, if you want to enjoy a quiet walk, relax in the shade, and learn about local history at the Western Heritage Interpretive Center and old Huffaker Schoolhouse. It's a good place for such things as family get-togethers and picnics. You can also enjoy a variety of concerts and events at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater.

The biggest event held at Bartley Ranch Park is the annual Reno Celtic Celebration. The celebration features activities and events that originated in the Celtic areas of Scotland and Ireland, such as the highland games, spirited music, and graceful, energetic forms of dance.

Old Huffaker Schoolhouse at Bartley Ranch Regional Park

The Huffaker Schoolhouse was built in 1867 on land donated by Granville Huffaker, one of our area's original settlers. The school's appearance, with a red roof and painted white, is as it was in the early 1900s. The belfry has the original brass school bell made by the W.T. Garratt Bell & Brass Foundry in San Francisco. The restored building we have today was moved to its location in Bartley Ranch Regional Park in 1992. The Huffaker Schoolhouse is available for weddings, meetings, and performances. For information, call the Bartley Ranch Regional Park office at (775) 828-6612.

Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park

The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater is the site of numerous concerts and other activities throughout the year, including presentations by Reno's Artown. The facility is built into a hillside and accommodates about 400 people seated and an equal number on a grassy slope behind the fixed seats. An excellent stage, lighting, and sound system make attending an event here a real treat.

Location of Bartley Ranch Regional Park

Bartley Ranch Regional Park is at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. It's about a mile south of S. McCarran Blvd. on Lakeside Drive, then a left turn into the park. There are signs and you will see the covered bridge you drive over to enter Bartley Ranch Park. After crossing the bridge, the Huffaker Schoolhouse and a parking area are immediately to the right. Continuing on the main road will take you to additional parking, the Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, and other features in the park. The park office phone number is (775) 828-6612.

To learn more, you can download the Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Guide or pick up a copy next time you visit one of the parks.

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