Oxbow Nature Study Area Nature Trail

Reno, Nevada 89519

Oxbow Nature Study Area Nature Trail

Oxbow Nature Study Area Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Located a mere 2 miles from the downtown Reno casinos, the Oxbow Nature Study Area is an ecological oasis in the midst of urbanization, where the roar from the nearby Truckee River and a chorus of bird songs almost totally drown out the urban cacophony. A nature trail follows the course of the river upstream for a half mile along a boardwalk with interpretive signs and numbered posts corresponding to information in the park brochure, providing interesting tidbits about the ecology of the area.

The trail is wheelchair accessible and flat enough to suit just about anyone, no matter their age or level of conditioning. In addition to the nature trail, observation decks, park benches, and picnic tables are scattered throughout the park, which also has a small interpretive center staffed by a knowledgeable ranger."

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"Tour the last pocket of riparian wildland along the sparkling Truckee River within Reno’s city limits and witness how nature recovers after fire.

Flanked by railroad tracks, local businesses, and apartment complexes, the setting for Oxbow Nature Study Area is distinctly urban. But within the park’s boundaries, you are insulated from the city by greenery, birdsong, and the soothing rumble of the Truckee River rushing over its rocky bed.

For the next few years, the nature study area will be in a state of transition. A human-caused fire burned about eighteen of the park’s twenty-two acres in April 2008, taking out some of the grand old cottonwoods that thrived in the dense riparian zone and the boardwalk and interpretive signs that guided exploration of the area. A new loop trail—bordered by unfinished fences and new plantings still in their protective plastic grow tubes—was in place by spring 2009 and is described here."

"A nearly pristine pocket of riparian wildland has been set aside along the Truckee River within Reno’s city limits. The nature trail that winds through this tiny preserve bears witness to how nature recovers after fire and flood.

Restoration and evolution are tangible in the Oxbow Nature Study Area. Its setting is distractingly urban, with railroad tracks running down one side of the preserve and apartment buildings visible through the trees and brush along the riverside on the other. But within the natural area itself you are insulated by greenery, birdsong, and the soothing rumble of the Truckee River rushing over its rocky bed. And if you return year-after-year, you can watch the land heal itself."

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Trail Information

Reno
Nearby City
1
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30 minutes
Duration
Year-round. The park gate closes at 8 p.m. in summer and 4 p.m. in winter.
Season
City of Reno Parks, Recreation & Community Services at 775-334-2262, reno.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation-community-services/parks-trails
Local Contacts
City of Reno Oxbow Nature Study Area Guide
Local Maps

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Oct 2018