Reno / Lake Tahoe Great Outdoor Activities

Reno – Tahoe Outdoor Recreation and Parks

Reno and Lake Tahoe offer many exciting opportunities to enjoy the Great Outdoors. With horseback riding, rock climbing, off-roading, and camping to keep visitors busy in the summer, the winter excitement of skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling may have some serious competition. Don’t forget the water sports of Lake Tahoe and other area lakes and rivers, though. Kayaking, fishing, sailing, swimming, and rafting are also popular area activities. The list of exciting recreational activities in and around Reno and Lake Tahoe goes on and on!

Truckee River Rafting

The Truckee River flows into Lake Tahoe from Carson Pass. As it runs along, it carries with it many sun-drenched, waterlogged, and happy rafters. The rafting ranges from mellow floats to exciting rapid runs, and the local experts can plot a course that is as relaxing or thrilling as you desire. Whether you’re looking to just get your feet wet or jump into rafting, you’ll find the experience worthwhile.

Truckee River
The Truckee River flows into Lake Tahoe

Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Discover a lake that is a far more primitive than the better-known Lake Tahoe. If you long for rustic beauty and wild nature, then Pyramid Lake is for you. A pleasant half-hour of desert driving from Reno brings you to this brilliant blue oasis. Boasting its own hot spring, the lake is far more shallow and warm than Tahoe. The local Indian tribe offers tours of the fish hatcheries, a marina, and a visitor’s center. Take the time to visit this magical place during your stay in Reno.

Pyramid Lake, Nevada
The Pyramid at Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

This once-working ranch from the 1890s is only five miles from the Comfort Inn & Suites Reno Airport Hotel. In 1979 the property began the process of turning into a park. The buildings now house a visitor’s center, a museum, and an arboretum. Picnic and outdoor facilities as well as the Great Basin Adventure, an attraction specifically for children, add to the park’s appeal.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Wingfield Park

Just three miles from your hotel you will discover Wingfield Park. Located in downtown Reno this park is situated on the Truckee River. The park invites visitors to plunge into the water during the summer heat. The nearby Truckee River Whitewater Park joins in the fun to provide a free water park experience courtesy of Mother Nature.

Wingfield Park
Wingfield Park, Reno NV

Washoe Lake State Park

Located between Reno and Carson City, Washoe Lake and Little Washoe Lakes greet visitors with majestic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Carson Range. The park is the site of many outdoor activities such as bird watching, horseback riding, hiking, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, and fishing. The park has campground and boat facilities as well as picnic sites. The newest addition to the park is a wetlands area boasting a viewing tower. For more information, visit http://parks.nv.gov/

Washoe Lake State Park, Reno
Washoe Lake State Park, Reno NV

Mt. Rose

Situated at Tahoe’s highest base elevation of 8,260, Mt. Rose is a favorite of skiers. Offering spectacular views of Nevada and Lake Tahoe, the mountain is a snow lover’s paradise offering slopes from beginner’s green to double black diamond. The mountain is easy to access and only 25 minutes from Reno.

Mt Rose ski resort
Mt Rose ski resort

Cascade Falls Hiking Trail – Lake Tahoe

There are numerous hiking trails in and around the Lake Tahoe beaches and parks for every level of experience from novice to hard-core experts. Hikes can be planned with scenery, elevation, difficulty, and/or distance in mind. There are even hikes designed around finding wildflowers in bloom – a truly lovely sight. The rock climbing opportunities in the area are equally diverse, with mild climbs for those still learning the ropes as well as extreme options that will test the limits of those who are experienced.

Cascade Falls Hiking Trail, Lake Tahoe
Cascade Falls Hiking Trail, Lake Tahoe

Reno, Nevada – Lake Tahoe Biking

Whether biking means gentle bicycling or arduous mountain biking to you, Lake Tahoe offers you the ideal setting to spin your wheels. While bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas and on specified trails, most other trails and logging roads are open for bikers. Rides range from scenic, smooth cycles to steep, stony climbs. Roads vary from bike paths to dirt roads with everything in between. So, swing into your seat and enjoy the ride!

Reno Hotels Near Lake Tahoe Beaches & Parks

If you are looking for a luxury-class room at a reasonable price, then the Comfort Inn & Suites Reno Airport Hotel is the place for you. Located in ideal spot minutes from Downtown Reno and the Airport, the hotel provides guests with free area shuttle service including r to & from the airport. Enjoy the extra services and amenities that you would expect at the most upscale hotels while taking advantage of one of the many special packages we offer. You will appreciate the convenient location, helpful staff, and high-quality service that the Comfort Inn & Suites Reno Airport provides.

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