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Reno is your spring and summer gateway to the Sierra


The Reno area attracts outdoor enthusiasts in the winter due to its proximity to legendary Tahoe skiing at resorts that have become household names, including Palisades Tahoe and Heavenly Mountain Resort. But winter isn’t the only time Reno offers incredible access to the mountains and high desert. Read on to see why Reno is the ultimate gateway city for spring and summer adventures in the Sierra Nevada.

Dual Days: Reno’s answer to the pleasures of spring

Few places in the world spring like Reno. The elevation difference between Tahoe’s ski resorts and the city itself brings several climates into play. Well into spring (and some years, even summer) you can spend your mornings on the slopes until the snow softens. Then head to lower elevations for snow-free spring temperatures, which means access to trails for hiking and biking, golf courses, and even water activities. All in one day of double adventure.

Wildflower and waterfall hikes

The two days aren’t the only benefit of multiple elevations within an hour’s drive. Spring hiking season (aka wildflower and waterfall season) begins in the Reno area in April. But when the flowers stop blooming at lower elevations, you don’t have to go far to keep the excitement going. Wildflowers continue to bloom in the Tahoe area through July, which is four months of wildflower adventures less than an hour from town.

Easy access to beautiful Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is the crown jewel of the Sierra. The massive lake is known for its crystal clear water and stunning mountains in the background. And it’s only 30 minutes from downtown Reno. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach at a lakeside state park or getting out on the water in a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or boat, Lake Tahoe is a must-see place on any trip. in the Reno area. The small mountain towns surrounding the lake, including Incline Village, Kings Beach, and Tahoe City, are great places to soak up the views while enjoying lunch outdoors.

Endless backcountry desert

When the snow melts in the high country, hikers can explore hundreds of miles of trails in wilderness areas and national forests just outside of Reno. The evergreen forests and granite peaks of The Sierra Nevada is home to world famous trailsincluding the Tahoe Rim Trail, which loops around Lake Tahoe and has multiple trailheads for easy access for day hikes, and Desolation Wilderness hikes in El Dorado National Forest.

Access to the city river for whitewater and floating

Although Lake Tahoe is a great option for cooling off in the summer, you don’t even have to leave town to access aquatic activities in Reno and nearby Sparks. The Truckee River runs through downtown Reno and you can find access points throughout the city. Float from Mayberry Park downtown or spend the day lounging and swimming from the shore. For an adrenaline rush, head to Truckee River Whitewater Park to paddle through five man-made rapids on the river. Or book a guided white-water rafting tour and experience even more of the beautiful Truckee River. A few minutes east of Reno, Sparks Marina is a great place for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking that offers unobstructed views of the Sierra Nevada.

In-town amenities in the biggest small town

One of the most enjoyable aspects of basing your Sierra adventures from Reno is access to restaurants, breweries and distilleries, eventsand Culture. After a day of adventure in the mountains, this bustling town offers outdoor dining, nightlife, and creature comforts. Relax with a amazing meal in downtown reno Where along the Reno Riverwalk neighborhood. Or celebrate the end of an incredible journey with a casino night.

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