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Active Living in Reno

Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into your everyday routines, such as walking to the store or biking to meet a friend for coffee.

Reno / Sparks is designed for active living, especially downtown and even certain neighborhoods. Being able to easily and safely get from your home to a place of interest is easy in Reno! An active network of parks, and an interspersal of small businesses and housing is just the start. Throughout town, there are plenty of well maintained sidewalks and crosswalks, bike lanes, and walking trails. The weather is cooperative too – it’s usually relatively pleasant weather all four seasons, excepting the occasional rain or snow.

Communities, such as Somersett and ArrowCreek, incorporate gyms, pools and common services such as drycleaning and dining in the immediate area. South Meadows does the same, and also provides wetlands to walk through. Reno Parks and Recreation even publishes monthly newsletters for active seniors!

Other Northern Nevada communities follow Reno trends and also provide similar environments that compliment their own locations.

Active living also incorporates plenty of outdoor activities within your grasp.

Reno/Sparks has become a gateway to many exciting adventures for the baby boomer generation! Known as “America’s Adventure Place”, where else can you hike, fish, para-sail or ride horse back in breathtakingly beautiful areas such as the Virginia City Highlands or Lake Tahoe … all within minutes of your home! In 2004 Reno completed a 1.5 million dollar whitewater park on the Truckee River in the middle of the downtown corridor. Kayaking, swimming and other water sports, along with great parks on the banks for picnicking, make this a favorite spot for locals. Outdoor concerts and many summer festivals also take place here. Reno is near three major bodies of water including Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake. Boating, fishing, and camping are year round at these areas. Some of the finest golf in America is held in the region with many celebrity and pro tournaments held at Montreaux and Edgewood courses. There are over 15 courses just in the greater Reno/Sparks area alone!

Into gliding? Well, we have some of the finest gliding areas in the West. The Minden Gardnerville Valley offers breathtaking flights over tranquil streams and green pastures. Northern Nevada is second to none in winter sports. There are over 18 ski areas within two hours of downtown. Beautiful Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, offers some of the greatest runs around. Kids or grandkids will enjoy skiing lessons at Sky Tavern, located on majestic Mt. Rose, just minutes from downtown.

If the arts are your thing, the greater Reno Tahoe area shines. Experience the Sand Harbor Shakespeare Festival on beautiful Lake Tahoe or Reno Art Town, where the whole town comes alive with performing arts and cultural events. And if you don’t get enough from our wonderful museums and cultural sites, you can always experience the internationally known Burning Man Festival held here every year!

The Northern Nevada area is home to many great events including Hot August Nights, The Great Reno Balloon Races, the Air Races, the Virginia City Camel Races, Street Vibrations Motorcycle Event!