Monday, April 9, 2012

Bartley Ranch Regional Park: trails through historical ranchlands

Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno, Nevada, features preserved ranchlands as well as vintage buildings and farm equipment. The green-roofed visitor center, shown above, provides information about the surrounding sites and future park programs. The center hosts various events, interesting lectures and the popular and free Saturday-evenings series of concerts during the winter month: “Come in from the Cold.”

Whether (weather) cold or warm, the various hiking trails through the park and historical displays are open all year round. The trail that connects the Bartley Ranch with neighboring Anderson Park reopened recently, after being closed for a couple of months following the Caughlin fire of November 2011. Hopefully, the Flume Trail and the Quail Run Trail through the burnt chaparral will become safe for use and be reopened again during this year. Locals come for jogging, hiking, biking and horse riding. First-time visitors are typically attracted by the reassembled, preserved vintage ranch buildings and the interpreted display of farm equipment along the Ranch Loop Trail including a Stockland road grader, a hay loader, harrows, rakes and other vintage machines and tools.

Getting there
From the intersection of South McCarran Blvd. and Lakeside Drive go south on Lakeside Drive for about half a mile and turn left into Bartley Ranch Road. Follow this road into the park by crossing the covered, wooden bridge. Park to the right at the Huffaker Schoolhouse or continue on and find parking space to the left near the headquarters or the Hawkins Amphitheater. A park map is displayed outside the Western Heritage Interpretive Center (park headquarters and visitor center). Picnic tables and the equestrian riding area are located next to the visitor center.

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