Rancho San Rafael Park’s off-leash area closed through Monday to accommodate Balloon Races

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park’s multi-use pasture is closed to off-leash use during this week’s Great Reno Balloon Race. The pasture is scheduled to resume off-leash use at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

This is the 30th anniversary of the Balloon Races in Reno. The event is expected to bring an estimated 60,000 plus visitors to the park to enjoy watching approximately 100 balloons in flight.

Throughout the weekend, the park’s Wilbur D. May Museum will open early and host a free open house for balloon race visitors. The open house includes a display of Balloon Race posters from throughout the 30-year history of the event.

Museum hours are 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, and 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.

For more information, call (775) 785-5961.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is managed by Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space. The Department’s mission is to provide exceptional parks and open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.washoecountyparks.com.