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Guest Post: An RV Camping Adventure in Reno Tahoe

RV FallEven amidst the threat of a the area’s first big winter storm, RV camping enthusiasts (especially the more adventurous ones) are conceiving and planning their next trip.

This is the perfect season to gas up the RV and head to Reno Tahoe USA for a memorable RV camping adventure. Why go? Think of it this way—where else can you camp in RV comfort so close to sparkling mountain lakes, fabulously scenic hiking trails and an abundance of world-class attractions?

The cool nights and temperate days of fall tempt RV campers to roll into Reno Tahoe for good times, great camping and stories to share back home.

Did we mention Reno Tahoe averages three hundred sunny days each year? That means more time on the trails, on the water and reeling in the big ones.

Besides the area’s easy access to the legendary Tahoe Rim Trail, intrepid hikers are going to love the challenge of trails like Mount Rose Summit, Ophir Creek and Slide Mountain.

Sailboat TahoeIf you’d rather spend your days on the water, you can’t go wrong renting a boat to cruise Lake Tahoe. The sheer beauty of this mountain lake has made it a magnet for all kinds of boatingfans. Kayakers will also want to investigate the Truckee River Whitewater Park, a half-mile thrill-a-minute trek just shouting distance from the downtown Reno entertainment district.

And if you’re looking for a place to snag a trophy trout, the lakes of Washoe County can’t be beat! Pyramid Lake’s record-breaking cutthroats are just one of the lures that draw RV camping anglers here each autumn.

One more tip for a less-strenuous outdoor fall adventure—leaf peeping! The golden glow of aspens and cottonwoods lights up the North Lake Tahoe region every autumn. Tip: for even more variety of fall foliage, try the parks and bike paths near the Truckee River in Reno.  

At the end of the day, whether you’ve been scrambling down steep mountain trails or pulling slots in the cool of a casino, it’s good to know there are friendly RV campgrounds nearby. For help finding the perfect RV campground for your stay, be sure to check these listings:

http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/reno-tahoe/what-to-do/camp-rv/rv-parks/

No matter how you prefer to spend your RV camping vacation in Reno Tahoe, you’ll go home with exciting memories. Come for the outdoor wonders and stay to play in one of the area’s indoor playgrounds. What are you waiting for? Start planning your own RV trip to Reno Tahoe.

-Joe Laing

About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

National Geographic Names Reno One of America’s Best Adventure Towns

River Fest BlogNational Geographic released its ultimate, state-by-state guide to the top outdoor hubs in the U.S., selecting only 100 towns. The criteria – the town must offer something for everyone. It’s no surprise Reno, Nevada was selected to be on the list with year-round special events, hiking, skiing, cycling, kayaking, climbing, snowboarding, fine dining…the list could go on. (And it does!)

In the words of NatGeo, “Reno’s hospitality jobs, a refurbished downtown, and a new $1.5 million white water park—all reasons enough to stick around for awhile.” We know that’s why we’re here!

Check out the interactive map to see which other cities and towns made the list. While you’re there, be sure to share your favorite restaurants, hotels and Reno Tahoe adventures with National Geographic!

Your Next Getaway: Memorial Day Weekend

FlagMemorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died in our nation’s service. Traditionally, Americans pay tribute to the brave men and women with patriotic parades and, of course, the usual barbecue and family camping trip.

As you’ve likely discovered, spring in Northern Nevada can mean working on your tan or running for cover from the snow flurries. Luckily, the weather is turning around just in time for your holiday weekend in Reno Tahoe USA.

If you haven’t gotten around to planning your weekend, we here at Reno Tahoe USA are making it easy for you.

You’re welcome.

Honor Our Country’s Heroes

Head back in time to Virginia City for a Memorial Day parade at noon on Saturday, May 29 down C St., Virginia City’s main drag. The parade celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who have died defending our nation. 

The Carson City Memorial Day Service at Lone Mountain Cemetery is on Monday, May 31 at 1 p.m. The cemetery is located at 1044 Beverly Dr., Carson City, Nevada 89706. Call (775) 887-2111 or click here for more information.

Take your family to the Sparks Memorial Park at C Street and Pyramid way that features a bronze statue in remembrance of fallen firefighters and a memorial honoring Sparks residents who died defending our country.

Powning Veterans Memorial Park, in downtown Reno at 150 S. Virginia Street, has a memorial to Nevada service men and women who have died serving our country in the wars in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The park also features a statue of General Jesse Reno, who died in Civil War action and for whom Reno was named.

The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery is in Fernley, about 45 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80. To reach the cemetery from Reno, take I-80 east to exit 48. Turn right and follow the signs to the cemetery.

Outdoor Recreation

Pyramid Lake FamilyIf you’re heading to Pyramid Lake, the Paiute Tribe says you definitely won’t be alone. Only 35 miles northeast of Reno, Pyramid Lake is the perfect daytrip or quick, weekend getaway for the entire family. The Tribe is expecting a large crowd and wants to remind you that day use, camping and other permits are required for all nontribal members’ access to the lake. Pyramid Lake is also widely regarded as a world class fishery and one of finest places to catch a Lohanton Cutthroat Trout. (Can’t you just hear the grill sizzling?)

For more information about fishing and Tribal regulations please click here.

For additional information or questions about permits for Pyramid Lake, please click here or call the Ranger Station at 775-476-1155.

For a complete list of parks, beaches and camping sites click here.

Black Rock Rendezvous

If you choose to detour from the traditional Memorial Day celebration, take part in the First Annual Great Basin Brewing Company’s Sulphur to Black Rock Bicycle Race on May 30th. Spend your weekend camping in the beautiful Black Rock Desert with music, kids’ camps, guided and self-guided tours and more.

To learn more click  here.

Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Top the List of Best U.S. Destinations

TahoeTripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2010 placed San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in the top two spots for Best Destinations in the United States. TripAdvisor is home to over 30 million trusted traveler reviews and opinions.

Here is why TripAdvisor rated Lake Tahoe as the number two spot to visit in the entire country:

“Basking in its 300 days of sunshine, Lake Tahoe is a haven for outdoor fun in every season. Swimming, kayaking and windsurfing are popular in the summer months, while epic snowfall makes for spectacular skiing in winter. For those who prefer indoor fun, there’s plenty of that in Tahoe, too. With 24-hour casinos and a flashy nightlife scene, the area has a tangible Vegas vibe. A sprinkle of bling, if you will. Not surprising, since Lake Tahoe straddles the border between California and Nevada.”

Here is why TripAdvisor placed San Francisco in the number one spot:

“Who cares about a little fog (okay, a lot of fog) when there’s so much to do in San Francisco? By day, explore Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay, ride a cable car, and stroll around the Presidio; by night, have a fabulous dinner (at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a tiny place in Chinatown), then hit some of the best clubs on the West Coast.”

How luck are we? We have the option to live and play in #RenoTahoe or San Francisco, just a short drive from one another!

Photo of Pyramid Lake is Default Photo on the iPad

iPad PhotoOn April 3, 2010, 300,000 people in the U.S. were introduced to one of Northern Nevada’s hidden gems – and that number is still growing.

The photo “Pyramid Lake (at Night)” by Richard Misrach of Berkeley is the default background screen on Apple’s iPad.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council was unaware of the photo, but hopes that its exposure will increase visitors to the region.

“We appreciate them recognizing the lake, or at least the landscape here,” Mervin Wright, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council chairman, told the Reno Gazette Journal.

The photographer also was surprised.

According to a Jan. 28 blog post by Andrew M. Goldstein on Artinfo.com, Misrach didn’t know his photo would be featured on the iPad until it was revealed that same day by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Pyramid Lake is the largest remaining remnant of a lake system known as Lake Lahontan that covered much of the Great Basin at the end of the last ice age. The saltwater lake is a component of the National Scenic Byways Program and is the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation. This route takes the visitor 37 miles along the shore of one of the largest lakes in the world and provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe.

A recreational paradise awaits you at Pyramid Lake where you’ll find boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking – not to mention sublime vistas – all only 30 minutes from Reno.

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit www.mensjournal.com.

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?

Not too late to take your baby camping

Enjoying breakfast in our camping spotSome people say it’s the end of the summer but I don’t buy that. In Reno-Tahoe America’s Adventure Place summer is here until the end of September so we still have another month of summer activities!

We’ve really enjoyed this summer with 2 little ones (we have a 2 year old and a 5 month old baby) — lots of camping, hiking, beach volleyball, bike-riding… the kids love the outdoors, they play with each other and learn to enjoy nature from a young age. I couldn’t think of a better area to grow up in!

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Our favorite camping spot for families with young kids is Fallen Leaf Lake Campground. We took our German friends tent camping for the first time a couple of weeks ago and they absolutely loved it! The weather was perfect, we had a fire and roasted Marshmallows, checked out Fallen Leaf and took our kite to Baldwin beach.

Check out what the US Forest Services has to say:
Fallen Leaf Lake Campground is uniquely situated 1/4 mile away from Fallen Leaf Lake and offers easy hiking around the lake. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is directly across Hwy 89 and has interpretive programs, guided walks on the Rainbow Trail and to the Stream Profile Chamber. The first weekend in October, the annual Kokanee Salmon Festival is held at the Visitor Center.
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Also near by are:

  • Pope and Baldwin Beaches for water recreation,
  • Tallac Historic Site has tours of its historic buildings and grounds,
  • Water Craft Rentals or Horseback Riding at Camp Richardson,
  • Family oriented, paved bike trail runs 3 miles along Hwy 89 and can be used to access all of the above,
  • Access to excellent hiking in Desolation Wilderness via the Glen Alpine or the Mt. Tallac trailheads.
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    Backpacking and camping with baby

    Wow, it’s already Friday and I’m finally writing about Memorial Day weekend! Well, better late than never… we had such a wonderful adventure that I need to tell everyone about it, especially young active parents with babies.

    We weren’t sure what we were going to do so we keep it pretty open. That’s important with when you have kids, flexibility is key.

    We had reservations for Friday night at Sugar Pine Point State Park so we camped there the first night — to test the weather and see how Cielo liked it. We got there around 5pm and went for a nice hike. After dinner we went to bed (early) so we’d be ready for the next day. We got up early and enjoyed a great camp fire while eating breakfast. Since Cielo slept great and we didn’t get cold at all during the night, we decided we would go backpacking for one night.

    We got our permits for Desolation Wilderness and we started at the Bayview Trailhead (Emerald Bay area). Joe carried Cielo and the tent and I carried the rest! The pack was heavy (40+ pounds) — I’ve never carried that much stuff, but I had both of our sleeping bags, food and clothes for the 3 of us, diapers, stove, etc. etc. It was a great workout!

    We hiked for 3-4 hours, took a little break by a waterfall/creek and hiked some more. Cielo loved it! She even took a nap while in the backpack.

    We endep up near Lower Velma area, since Lake Azure was really hard to get to.  Some areas were covered with snow and others with water, so finding a spot to camp was challenging. But we found a great spot!

    On Sunday we decided to stay at Bayview Campground since there was a site open. We put Cielo down for a nap at 5:30pm and she didn’t wake up until the next morning! She was exhausted from her first backpacking experience!

    Monday morning we went for a hike with some friends to Cascade Falls and then we took a hike to Eagle Falls and explored Emerald Bay.

    What a wonderful weekend! We highly recommend both campgrounds and of course, Desolation Wilderness is like heaven for backpackers who love solitude and breath-taking beauty. It’s a place to enjoy God’s creation to the full!

     

     

    Camping in Central Nevada

    This weekend I discovered another great thing about living in Reno — not only this area is filled with cool places to explore — but also the entire state of Nevada has more adventure opportunities that you can even imagine!

    We went camping to Central Nevada, just a few hours east of Reno. We left on Friday night with a bunch of friends and stayed at Ione. On Saturday we visited the Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park where we went for a mine tour and ghost town tour, we rode our bikes and had a great time exploring the area. Then we went to Big Creek, where we spent Saturday night. Some of the guys even went backcountry skiing on Sunday morning!

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    Me pregnant riding my bike to the State Park

    On our way back to Reno (probably around 90min from Reno) we discovered some sweet hot springs in the middle of nowhere! So for anybody visiting Reno-Tahoe, I recommend checking out these hot springs and also Sand Mountain for some sandboarding fun! Sand Mountain is located only 83 miles east of Reno on U.S.50.

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    Checking out the hot springs

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    Hubby enjoying the hot springs

    The Hidden Jewels of the Sierras

    What many people don’t know about the Sierras in the Reno-Tahoe area is that there are countless alpine lakes available for your fishing, swimming or boating pleasure. Most visitors come here to see Lake Tahoe, but some of the buy cialis viagra true charm of the area can be found at the lessor known alpine lakes.

    Alpine lakes are filled with snow run off, meaning the water is extremely clear and pure, and the lakes are most often surrounded by pine trees, making for a beautiful backdrop to your summer adventure.

    This past weekend, the hubby and I camped at Bullard’s Bar, which is in the California foothills of the Sierras. The water in the reservoir was about 72 degrees this weekend, and it was a beautiful turquoise color. Just look:

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    There was excellent mountain biking around the circumference of the lake, which we took advantage of in the morning. Then, after a quick lunch, we launched our boat and did a bit of water skiing and open water skiing. Truly a perfect Sierra summer day!

    Speaking of alpine lakes, another beautiful one is June Lake, which is right outside of Mammoth. We went there last year, and spent a good amount of time on the beach and swimming, where you could see hundreds of fish. Here is a picture of June Lake:

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    And finally, another great Sierra alpine lake is Lake Davis, located northwest of the Reno-Tahoe area. Last year, we went camping near this lake, where we enjoyed biking, hiking and swimming. Here is a shot I took at Lake Davis:

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    Whether you’re into backpacking, hiking, swimming, boating or fishing, I encourage you to explore the Sierras and find those hidden alpine lakes. You’ll be glad you did!viagra price