Galena Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

 The Galena Creek Visitor Center is managed by Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space under a special use permit from the US Forest Service with a goal of increasing public understanding, appreciation and wise use of the many natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway. Great Basin Institute is the interpretive association that operates the Visitor Center, providing staff and volunteers who greet the public, provide travel information, and offer a wide variety of nature-based programming for all ages.

The Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area is located at 18250 Mount Rose Highway. Additional highlights of the area include:

•A weather station, exhibits, gift shop, and book store. 

•Individual picnic areas, one large reservable group picnic area, and a new trailhead. The group picnic area may be reserved by calling Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space at (775) 823-6501.

•A half-mile paved nature trail is located just outside the Visitor Center along with access to the Jones-Whites Creek Loop Trail and the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Opportunities exist for foot travel, biking, and horse riding. Visit,, for a trail map.

•The Visitor Center offers nature based programs, both indoors and out. They also offer guided hikes. Visit,, for the events calendar.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Galena Creek Park Open Daily 8am to 5pm (Day Use Only). Visitor Center Hours Friday through Sunday 9am to 4pm (Winter Oct 1st-April 30th) and Tuesday through Friday 9am to 6pm (Summer May 1-Sept 31st).
Reservations:  Reservations for group picnicking sites must be made by calling Washoe County Parks-Facilities Rentals at (775) 823-6501. All group picnic sites have a maximum capacity of 100 people.
Fees Group picnic sites are $130/day and require a $100 refundable cleaning deposit.
Open Season: year round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Reno, Incline Village
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: USDA FS, Washoe County Parks and Great Basin Institute

General Information



From Highway 395 (now I-580):

1. Take Mt. Rose Highway 431 west approximately 7 miles

2. The Galena Creek Park is located on the right-hand side of the highway.


From Highway 28 just outside Incline Village, Nevada:

1. Turn east on Mt. Rose Highway 431.

2. Travel east for approximately 20 miles. The Galena Creek Park is located on the left-hand side of the highway.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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