The Best Outdoor Recreational Resource in the Mt. Rose Region

The Galena Creek Visitors Center is one of the coolest resources we have to the outdoors in the Mt. Rose area. Located on the Mt. Rose Scenic Byway, a 22 mile long road that runs from Reno to Incline Village, it is the highest point 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.

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! I hope that you will click the link and be inspired to get outside!


Guided hikes are offered the first and third Saturday of the month from 10am – 12pm. Hikes will begin and end at the visitor center. All are welcome! Please call ahead to confirm.


Designed for Ages 2 – 5. Normally held every third Thursday of the month, join in the fun at 10am 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 Wednesday 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.


2021 Youth Day Camps: This summer, experience a portal to the wilder world….explore the Sierras, investigate the Great Basin, and get moving outside with hands-on, adventurous, outdoor exploration camps. Your child will experience, first hand, the beautiful Nevada environment just like the scientists do. Great Basin Naturalists at Galena summer camps provide quality outdoor experiences that emphasize environmental science and physical activity, foster creativity, and promote STEM education and environmental stewardship. Our staff is made up of enthusiastic outdoor educators who are trained and committed to providing your child with the coolest outdoor experiences that they’ll surely remember for a lifetime!

Children Ages 8-12

Quality, local outdoor day camp experiences that emphasize environmental science, curiosity, exploration, physical activity, and social experiences

8 Summer Camp Sessions in 2021
First session starts on Monday, June 14th and last session ends on Friday, August 6th
9 am to 5 pm

Galena Creek Visitor Center
Reno, NV


Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Exploration Camps are made possible through partnerships between Washoe County, the USDA Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute.

Click here to explore more of the Galena Creek Visitor Center.




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