Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Witness A Millionaire's Creation During the Comstock Load Mining Boom and Enjoy Beautiful Grounds at Bowers Mansion Regional Park


4005 Bowers Mansion Rd
New Washoe City, NV 89704

775-849-0201

Bower's Mansion Regional Park website
Bowers Mansion website (fees and dates)
Bowers Mansion Pool (fees and dates)

Bowers Mansion Regional Park can be found 15 minutes away from South Reno on the way to Carson City and is nestled among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  

Visitors have been visiting for years and years to see Bowers Mansion and the beautiful grounds that surround it. Some reasons people are drawn to this park: the park's history, tall, mature shaded trees, huge swimming pools, play structures, picnic areas, and expansive lawns.

If you would like to take a trip back in history and walk in the shoes of past millionaires Eilley & Sandy Bowers, that can easily be achieved with a guided tour offered seasonally, usually from Memorial Day through Nevada Day. I have yet to take it, but from what I've researched, everyone has been loving the tour, led by people who tell the story of the mansion in an entertaining manner (such as the person in the walk-through video tour below).

The park usually hosts special events like Programs on the Porch (free live music), the Civil War event, & more under normal circumstances.


Notes
-49 Acre Park
-There are plenty of picnic tables with BBQ grills that are spread throughout the park on a first come, first-served basis
-There are two pavilions on each end of the park that are big enough for special events like weddings.  Visit the links for more information on how to reserve them- Comstock Picnic PavilionWashoe Picnic Pavilion. Horseshoe and volleyball next to pavilions.
-There are two play (partially shaded) structures on each end of the park
-Plenty of grass for all activities
-There's a trail behind the mansion leading to great views of Washoe Lake and the Bowers family cemetery. Up some stairs and less than 5 minutes up
-The swimming pool always keeps a lane open for lap swimmers. There's a shallow toddler pool for wading. Spring board, easy entry ladders and hydraulic lift available.
-The trees are beautiful during fall
-Great place for family photos
-Great shade in the summer
-Davis Creek Regional Park is only a couple of minutes away and is family friendly, with trails ranging from easy to difficult, camping grounds, picnic areas, and a place to fish when water is abundant. 
-I love taking my kids to the Chocolate Nugget Factory after a long day of fun and exercise just down the street, about 3–5 min. away
-Due to historical significance, there are no pets allowed in the park, with exceptions to service animals.
-The park is surrounded by farmlands.  You can easily drive around and find lots of farm animals to look at. 
-flushable toilets available
-Huge parking lots


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