One of the biggest benefits to living in the little city of Reno is the amount of diverse recreation within a very close proximity. Reno is neighbors with the Sierra NV Mountains, Lake Tahoe, the Black Rock Desert and more. Whenever you see Reno ranked as a top place to live, (in this case #10,) the recreational benefits are always cited: http://www.livability.com/top-100-best-places-to-live. This post will discuss some things to do in and around Reno.
In the winter skiing and snowboarding steal the spotlight. There are about 12 ski resorts within an hour: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Mt Rose, Northstar, Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Homewood, Diamond Peak, Donner Ski Ranch, Soda Springs, Tahoe Donner, Sky Tavern Ski Area, and an additional 3 within about 1.5 hours on the south end of the lake: Heavenly, Sierra At Tahoe and Kirkwood. In addition, the area is home to some incredible back country around the Mt Rose area, Donner Summit, and various areas around the lake such as Jake’s Peak and Mt. Tallac. Further, there is good cross country skiing in many areas such as Tahoe Donner, The Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Area near Sugar Bowl, at Northstar (in the valley of Highway 267,) and more. Lastly, the Ruby Mountains have some incredible terrain for Heli-skiing and Cat skiing. That’s about a 4.5 hour drive from Reno, and you can learn more by clicking HERE.
In the summer there is endless hiking, biking, dirt biking and running trails both in Reno and in Tahoe. My favorite trails in Tahoe usually lead to an alpine lake to swim in at or near the summit. Click HERE for a list of hiking trails in Tahoe. Reno also has some beautiful trails to hike, bike run and dirt bike. Click HERE for a list of hiking trails. The Mt. Peavine area is a designated ATV area where you can access miles and miles of well maintained trails. (You can also legally shoot guns out there. Combine the two, and you will have a good day.) I have attached 3 pictures of some of my favorite hiking trails in Reno. I took the following photos:
2 hours to the northeast lies the Black Rock Desert, where the Burning Man Festival takes place. This is the most extensive span of large flat area you have ever seen, where you can legal drive any vehicle as fast as you want. It’s also a great place to launch the fireworks you can purchase in a variety of locations just outside of Reno. Lastly, there are a few hot springs on the edge of the Black Rock Desert, (also known as the playa,) where you can soak in hot water and have weird conversations with the locals.
2 hours east of Reno you can visit Sand Mountain, which is basically a random series of massive sand dunes in the middle of nowhere. It’s a great place to bring a dirt bike or sand buggy and camp with your friends. It’s a unique place and I don’t think many people are aware of its existence. It’s probably not area you would visit frequently, but it’s certainly worth checking out.
Sand Mountain (Photo Credit)
I haven’t even scratched the surface on rafting, kayaking, fishing, cliff jumping, rock climbing and more. With 300 days of sunshine a year, you couldn’t pick a better place than Reno to pursue outdoor activities. What is one of your favorite trails to hike, bike, or run in the area? Leave a comment below and let me know!