The Truckee River at Idlewild Park

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Now normally I am not one for exploring the city, and I have always tried to stay away from downtown Reno and head to the mountains, but this paved path that runs along the Truckee River is beautiful and calming, as long as you ignore the bums laying in the grass. These city trails that follow the river have changed my outlook on downtown Reno and now I see it as another new place to adventure with my dogs, explore and conquer.

Even in the winter the Truckee River is a great place to go to walk along and let your dogs play in! Not only does the Truckee River run along side some of the trails in the mountains, it goes right through the heart of downtown Reno and offers beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife and many places to adventure. This weekend I took the dogs to Idlewild Park; a place I had never even gone until about a couple months ago.

To get to Idlewild Park you take the Keystone exit off 1-80, turn left onto Keystone, and follow Keystone until your hit Riverside Dr. and turn right, then take an immediate left onto Booth St. which will then turn right into Idlewild Dr. All along the right side of the road you will see the park, tons of parking and many duck ponds. Now normally on a cold winter weekday I would let my dogs go swim in these huge ponds and chase the ducks, but on a weekend there are a lot of people and I’m sure someone would complain…but it is still fun to let the dogs chase the ducks. There are so many birds here, everything from mallards to geese and swans.
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The path winds alongside the river for a few miles and there are clearings where you can walk down to the water and go in. Now in the winter the water is freezing so I wouldn’t recommend going in unless you brought your waders and plan on doing some fly fishing which would be awesome! The dogs never seem to mind the frigid water temperature and will retreive the sticks for hours. Technically you’re “suppose” to have your dog on a leash… but unless someone has an issue with my dog I let them run free.
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Regardless of the weather, cloudy or sunny, it is always a perfect day to head to the river. My way of thinking is if its bad weather, then you will get the whole park to yourself! So grab your dogs and some towels and get ready to get wet and muddy!
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Have you explored downtown by the river? What’s your favorite “go to” spot?
Leave me comments and follow me on twitter @RachelRoen

Not in the mood for downtown trails? Check out my other blog on some beautiful trails in the Sierras!

Until next time,
Happy Trails!

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1 Response to “The Truckee River at Idlewild Park”


  1. 1 Drew February 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Sounds like an awesome time. How many miles long is the actual trail?


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