Rancho San Rafael Park, situated on a former ranch, provides easy access to scenic running just 1 mile from downtown and adjacent to the University of Nevada. The trails offer an excellent variety, from sage brush to wetlands. It’s trail running, but not of the rugged variety, as this is mainly a city park. There’s a historic ranch house, a museum featuring the private collection of William May, and an arboretum.
The park is not big, but one can put together a run of several miles on somewhat overlapping trails. The excellent map has information on the various loops, with details on elevation. Most trails are fairly hilly! To get there from downtown, we recommend Washington St., through the West University neighborhood.
Add-Ons. One can run to this park from downtown. Just to the west of the park, there is more extensive, and challenging running on wide, gravel roads and trails leading to Peavine Peak. Some 50+ miles of trails!