Spending the Night at Washoe State Park

What a divine place in which to rest your weary bones after a long day of travel. The campground is situated in a high desert, upper Sonoran plateau that is filled with sage, juniper, and mesquite. The scent is intoxicatingly delicious. You can hear meadowlarks calling and quail and jackrabbits race through the underbrush as you walk along the trails.

Washoe Lake Campground is 18 miles south of Reno, Nevada off of the 395 and about 5 miles north of Carson City. The lake is very shallow and the water level varies greatly, depending on seasonal rainfall. We were fortunate in that it rained during the night, and it is sprinkling again this morning. Monsoon weather! I haven’t experienced warm, drenching rain, since I left Sedona, Arizona.

I highly recommend this campground. It is quiet and clean and the sites are very far apart. Quiet hours are from 7 am to 10:00 pm. People that use their generators must turn them off! That is a plus for me. I love to hear nature rather than campers! Callie slept through the night in a stupor and Michael and I did the same. Going to push on this morning for Yosemite. Tioga Pass, here we come!

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