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GHOST TOWNS & RV TOURS AROUND RENO TAHOE

3546490090_d08face92c_zAny RV trip to the Reno Tahoe area is exciting, but you can take the adrenalin up another notch by touring the many ghost towns within a few hours’ drive. Thanks to gold and silver for which this mountainous region is famous, hundreds of boomtowns came and went. Here’s the rundown on the ways RVers can enjoy Reno Tahoe ghost towns on their next camping trip.

Ghost Towns to Visit Near Reno Tahoe2369624154_36a759410e_z

Within half a day’s drive of the Reno Tahoe area is a nice collection of ghost towns, restored mining towns and state parks that contain the remains of cities that flourished thanks to gold and silver fever. One tip: a few of these towns can be reached on developed roads, but if you plan to go off the beaten path to photograph and explore ruins, it’s a good idea to use your towed vehicle rather than your RV.

Before moving on to ghost town descriptions, it’s also good to know an exciting selection of RV campgrounds awaits the Reno Tahoe ghost town tourist. Check the listing on our website for helpful information on area RV parks.

Gold Canyon Ghost Towns

Less than thirty miles from Reno, RV travelers will find a wealth of ghost towns to explore in Gold Canyon. Given its name for the rich veins that crisscrossed it, this canyon is home to both developed and abandoned ghost towns. Here are some of the places you’ll want to visit:

2369629086_ab5a9b3325_zVirginia City, the queen of the Comstock Lode silver mining towns, flourished in the

19th century and now draws millions of visitors each year to its federally designated historic district. More tourist oriented than the other towns mentioned, you’ll find plenty to see and experience in the form of restored saloons, shops and wooden sidewalks. There are also plenty of places around Virginia City where gold panning can be done.

Silver City, south of Virginia City off NV-341 promises plenty of mining town ruins to discover. Plan to get out and explore the buildings and artifacts left to remind visitors of Nevada’s rich mining history.

Gold Hill, tucked between Virginia City and Silver City on NV-342, boasts an elegant hotel, restaurant and saloon in the midst of the mining camp ruins. An added attraction is Bowers Mansion County Park, where visitors can tour the 1864 mansion built by Eilley Orrum to celebrate the wealth of her miner husband, Sandy Bowers.

For a more extensive list of Ghost Towns and RV parks throughout the region, please look through the Ghost Trail Driving Guide below  and  visit www.elmonterv.com.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals, which conveniently has a Reno RV rental location. For you college football tailgaters, be sure to check out the new RV Tailgating page for a list of games and tailgating information.

El Monte RV: http://www.elmonterv.com

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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.