Adventure in Reno

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  • There's a reason why Nevada is called America's Adventure Place. Reno is in the center of some wild areas and it is easy to access the desert, the mountains, lakes and rivers in just a short drive.

    Within Reno you can have a little adventure right downtown. The Truckee River Whitewater Park is always flowing with water from Lake Tahoe. At this park you can do some whitewater kayaking, rafting or tubing. Also along any part of the river, you can fish for brook or rainbow trout.

    For the kids, a small adventure and some rides can be enjoyed at the Great Basin Adventure at Rancho San Rafael Park in North Reno or at Virginia City. At this historic mining town, they can pan for gold, go on a steam train ride or watch some gamblers and cowboys shoot it up at a Wild West show. For some adventure just outside of town, visit the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50. It run from Carson City through Nevada and passes through several mountain ranges, state parks, petroglyph areas and native landmarks. Lake Tahoe with its boating, swimming, skiing and hiking is within an hour of Reno.

    Great Basin Adventure

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    1500 Washington Street
    (Rancho San Rafael Park)

    Historical theme park... read more

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    Truckee River Whitewater Park

    300 W First St.

    Surrounding Wingfield Park in Downtown Reno is the very popular Truckee River Whitewater Park. Nearly every summer day there are crowds of people enjoying the river, either by wading in it, rafting in it, kayaking or even swimming on a hot day. On cooler days, this is a perfect place for whitewater kayaking. This park is the only park in the U.S. that is right smack downtown close to hotels and parking and it open year-round... read more

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    Rancho San Rafael Park

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    1595 N Sierra St

    This beautifully landscaped area is one of Reno's premier parks. The Great Reno Balloon Race and "Reno Celebrates America", a fireworks show on the fourth of July, are a couple of the major events taking place here. On the grounds of this huge park you will find the Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum and the Great Basin Adventure Amusement Park. You will also find miles of walking or jogging trails complete with exercise stations, a large playground, picnic and barbecue facilities and acres and acres of grass... read more

    Oxbow Park

    3100 Dickerson Road

    A hidden paradise by the Truckee River... read more

    Wingfield Park

    300 West 1st Street

    Fly into the Greenery... read more

    Reno-Tahoe Sky Tours

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    500 North Sierra Street

    Helicopter heaven... read more

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    Mt Rose-Ski Tahoe

    22222 Mount Rose Hwy

    A local favorite... read more

    Tahoe Meadow Trail

    Highway 395
    (at Highway 431)

    Scenic Vistas 30 miles from Downtown Reno... read more

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    Galena Creek Trail

    18350 Mt. Rose Highway

    Take a light hike through this beginner trail among sagebrush scrub and Jeffrey pine forest with thick riparian foliage lining the creek... read more

    Idlewild Park

    1900 Idlewild Drive

    Stop and Smell the Roses... read more
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