Things to Do in Reno, Nevada

Things to Do in Reno, Nevada
Reno, Nev., is the second largest gambling site in the state, after Las Vegas. However, unlike Vegas, Reno boasts a range of attractions for the outdoors enthusiast. From the many ski resorts of Reno and the adjoining Lake Tahoe area to the numerous campgrounds, and a host of activities ranging from hiking to sailing, the Reno area has something for just about every taste.

Hiking and Biking

The Reno area has a handful of trails suitable for hiking and mountain biking. The hiking trails range between 5 and 12 miles in length (all round-trips), and some are quite steep with elevation gains of up to 4,000 feet over the course of the hike. Mountain biking is also popular in the area, with trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, and in length from 4 to 43 miles.

Great Basin Bicycles
8048 South Virginia
Reno, NV 89511
(775) 825-8258

Rafting and Kayaking

The whitewater run that is closest to Reno is the Truckee River, which boasts rapids ranging between Class 2 and Class 3+. That means that the most difficult parts of the river have strong waves, big drops, and enough excitement that at least some past whitewater experience is recommended. However, there are trips that end before that part of the river is reached. It is also possible to rent boats to go canoeing, kayaking, or sailing on Lake Tahoe.

Tributary Whitewater Tours
(800) 672-3846



There is a wide variety of campgrounds in the area, both private and part of the Nevada state park and recreation system. Even the most primitive of the tents-only sites typically offer showers, toilets, running water and a dump site. At the top end of the spectrum are campgrounds with RV hook-ups, swimming pools, laundry, cabins, playgrounds and wireless Internet.

Winter Sports

A major attraction for the Reno area are the snow sports. The ski resorts closest to Reno are Mount Rose and Diamond Peak. Rose is particularly noteworthy, with the highest base in the Lake Tahoe area at 8,260 feet. In addition, there are plenty of shops renting or selling equipment for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and even dog sledding.

Mount Rose
22222 Mt. Rose Highway
Reno, NV 89511
(800) SKI-ROSE

Diamond Peak
1210 Ski Way
Incline Village, NV 89451
(775) 832-1177

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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