The Galena Creek Visitor Center is temporarily closed. We are running our summer camps, but it is fully outdoors and the public does not have access to the Center. Follow our website and social media accounts to stay up-to-date on reopening information! Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Galena Creek Recreation Area is open daily from 8am to 5 pm
18250 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511
18250 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511
Welcome to Galena Creek!
Welcome to the Galena Creek Recreation Area. We invite you to explore the park where the high desert environment ends and the forest lands begin. You will find yourself at the base of Mt. Rose in a wonderful natural setting of tall trees, mountain streams, and rocky canyons. Explore! Hiking and biking trails wind through the forest and into the hills, several leading to ridges providing panoramic views of the valleys below. The Center also offers science rich outdoor educational programs for children and teens, guided nature hikes, and presentations on a variety of Galena Creek related topics most weekends throughout the year. These programs are described below. Again, welcome to the park!
On the Road to Lake Tahoe
The center currently houses a large display of regional birds for visitors to look upon and study. The specimens are provided by the Lahontan Audubon Society and most who see them are impressed not only by the numbers of species on display but, also, by the dramatic mountings the taxidermists have created. The birds really do seem alive! The center also offers interpretive displays that help to explain the natural science and the history of the Galena Creek region. Come visit us. Enjoy and learn. No admission charge!
The Galena Creek Visitors Center is located on the Mt. Rose Scenic Byway, a 22 mile long road that runs from Reno to Incline Village. It is the highest year around pass in the Sierra and takes travelers through spectacular scenery including fabulous view of Lake Tahoe from far up on the mountainside. Tahoe, no doubt, is an incredible destination point but getting there should be a wonderful experience, too. We have information that can help with the trip. Plan to stop a while at Galena Creek Regional Park to take a hike in the lower elevations.
Community Events at Galena Creek
*Note: Community events are not currently running at the Galena Creek Visitor Center as the Center remains closed due to the pandemic. We hope to resume programming and reopen the Center very soon! Follow our social media pages and sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date.
First and Third Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 pm. Hikes will begin and end at the visitor center. All are welcome!
Please call ahead to confirm! Hike may be canceled if Mt. Rose Hwy is unsafe for driving or guides are unavailable.
Designed for Ages 2-5
Normally held every third Thursday of the month, join us at 12:00 pm at the Visitor Center for knee high nature education that includes story time, arts and crafts and outdoor exploration! Call to confirm!
Geared for grades K-12
Normally held every third Friday of the month, join us at 10:00am at the Visitor Center for an outdoor science-based field study program for all homeschool groups and students! Call to confirm!
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Check out our Events Calendar for a complete listing of our upcoming programs!
The Galena Creek Visitor Center aims to increase public understanding, appreciation and wise enjoyment of the many natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway.
The Power of a Partnership
The Galena Creek Visitor Center is a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute. The goal of the Visitor Center is to encourage understanding, appreciation, and appropriate use of the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway. Learn more about the partnering organizations here.