Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 23, 2015 (Monday) Sun Valley Regional Park Paint-Out

Sun Valley Regional Park overlooks Reno, Sparks and Spanish Springs

I scoped out a new painting location and was very impressed!  This park is new, clean, safe (I talked to the ranger), free, easy to get to, lots to paint right from your car or a short, easy walk.

Date:          March 23, 2015 (Monday)
Time:          10:00 am
Place:        Sun Valley Regional Park (free)
Meet:          Parking area at the end, near covered picnic pavilions
Amenities:   bathrooms, picnic tables, lots of bench seats and various view spots and boulder stacks, easy trails near parking lot

Note:  drinking fountain for people and dogs are stilled turned off for the winter.  This park has a disc golf course and there are always people around and people walk dogs.  They are supposed to be on leash, but some are well mannered and off leash.  No motorized vehicles are permitted, however they are next to BLM land and some might wander in by accident.

What you can paint:  This is a great place to practice rocks!  There are interesting rock formations everywhere - even one right in front of your car.  Also trees, hills and views.  If there are clouds this day - it is high up and should have great views of clouds.

What to bring:

  • art gear
  • camera
  • cell phone (service is great)
  • art umbrella
  • appropriate clothing (check forecast)
  • bag to put rocks in to weigh your tripod down in case of wind
  • good walking shoes
  • food and drink

Sun Rock Trail is easy and only .5 miles
Have your lunch while enjoying a view
Lots of bench seating near views and rocks
Or, paint right from your car
You can see Mt. Rose from here too
From the spagetti bowl (I-80 and 395):

  • Go north on 395
  • Take the 2nd exit - Clearacre Lane (exit 70B)
  • Go north-east on Clearacre Lane
  • It changes name  to NV 443 and also to Sun Valley Blvd which is now heading north
  • Turn Left on 7th Avenue
  • First Right turn onto Sidehill
  • Go to the end.  Bennett Elementary School is on the right, and the entrance to the park is on the left
  • Note:  you will pass through a run-down area, but the ranger tells me the park is very safe.  The people I saw there had nice cars and trucks and I felt completely safe
park entrance

No comments:

Post a Comment