Reno, Nevada is officially called "The Biggest Little City in the World" and everyone knows why. When you think of Reno, you think of the bright lights and throngs of tourists on Virginia Avenue downtown, walking from casino to casino. In addition to the casinos, there are shows, nightclubs, and just out of town, past the Washoe County line, there are places like The Mustang Ranch. To say that Reno has a vibrant nightlife would be an understatement.
But there is definitely much more to Reno than just casinos and bars that never announce the last call. For instance, Reno is nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is quite close to Lake Tahoe. And okay, Lake Tahoe has casinos. But it also has wonderful views, extensive hiking, and mountain biking opportunities, as well as winter sports.
You might not know it from popular culture, but Nevadans really embrace the outdoors. Just outside of town, you'll find the Hidden Valley Regional Park, a 480-acre park that has almost everything you can think of, including a large horse arena with grandstand and announcer's booth. There is a partially covered picnic area, multiple playgrounds, two tennis courts, a soccer/baseball field, and miles and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horse riding. And, of course, there's a dog park.
The Link Piazzo Dog Park at Hidden Valley is named for the owner of a large sporting goods store that was founded in Reno at the end of the Depression. The dog park, like the rest of the park surrounding it, is huge. There are two enclosures, one for large dogs and one for smaller dogs under thirty pounds. The large dog enclosure is three acres, and the small dog enclosure is a little over one acre. There are water fountains for people and dogs. The dog fountain has a sprayer hose to cool and clean your dog off. There are benches and poop bags throughout both halves of the dog park.
Link Piazzo was a man who believed that his businesses would succeed by always going the extra mile, and that is exactly what you will find in this dog park bearing his name. The city prioritizes cleaning and maintaining the park, including putting down fresh sod in the dog park each spring. Reno has a lot to do at night. And at Link Piazzo Dog Park, you can have fun during the day.