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Wooden bridge leading to a trail through trees at Galena Creek
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WELCOME TO GALENA CREEK regional park

We invite you to explore a dynamic park where the high desert ends and the forest lands begin. You will find yourself at the base of Mt. Rose nestled in mixed conifer forest, mountain streams, and rocky canyons of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Explore! The Visitor Center offers a multitude of programming, information, exhibits, and tax-free shopping in our gift shop. Come out and enjoy the beauty, accessible year-round.

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Wooden sign at the entrance of the Galena Creek Visitor Center

SITE INFORMATION

The Galena Creek Visitor Center is located on the Mount Rose Highway, 7 miles from the intersection of Highway 395 and State Route 431. There are two different entrances (North and South) with parking, picnic areas and trailheads. 

 

PHONE: 775-849-4948

ADDRESS:
18250 Mt Rose Hwy, 

Reno, NV 89511

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hours of operation

Summer Visitor Center Hours

MAY 1 – OCT. 14
WED.-SUNDAY • 9am-5pm

Winter Visitor Center Hours

OCT. 15 – APR. 30
FRIDAY-SUNDAY • 9am-4pm

Though the visitor center may be closed, the grounds and trails remain open year-round. The gate to 18250 Mt. Rose Highway is open during daylight hours and no overnight parking is permitted.

PARTNERSHIPS

The Galena Creek Visitor Center is managed by Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service. The 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.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Galena Creek Visitor Center

  • Physical Address: 18250 Mt. Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511
  • Mailing Address: 16750 Mt. Rose Hwy, Reno, NV 89511
    Attn: Galena Creek Visitor Center
  • Phone: 775-849-4948
  • Email: visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org

Great Basin Institute Visitor Services

Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

  • Brian Hansen, USDA Forest Service, Forest Service Recreation Officer brian.c.hansen@usda.gov
  • Carson Ranger District, 775-884-8140

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