Oxbow Nature Study Area

The Biggest Little City in the World brims with unfenced wildlife in unblemished nature scenes, and you don’t even have to leave downtown Reno to find it.

The Oxbow Nature Study Area is situated off Dickerson Road, right along the banks of the mighty Truckee River. Jointed managed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the City of Reno, this 22-acre conservation area transports you from an urban environment into the serenity of nature within minutes.

Spend some time meandering along the one-mile-long Oxbow Nature Study Area Nature Trail. It starts at a pond and carries you through cottonwoods, willows, and grasslands alongside the flowing Truckee. Don’t forget your binoculars, sketchbook, or camera for a chance to spot incredible wildlife that lives in and around the area, like black-crowned night herons, red-shouldered hawks, mule deer, beaver, rainbow trout, and beyond.


The Oxbow Nature Study Area is open daily from 8:00 AM to sunset. For more info, get in touch with the City of Reno directly at (775) 334-2417.


Admission to the Oxbow Nature Study Area is free!

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Northwestern, Nevada