4 Awesome Things to Do While Camping in Reno, Nevada

Reno may bring to mind the bright lights and sounds of the casino, but there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had in this bustling town. Whether you want to escape into the wilderness for a day of hiking or biking or you want to hit the slopes, you can do it while camping in Reno.

Here are 4 things to do in the great outdoors in “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno.

1. Discover the tallest rock climbing wall in the world.

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It’s true, Reno is home to the tallest rock climbing wall in the whole entire world. The wall stands at an impressive 164 feet and can be found in BaseCamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel. If that kind of height isn’t for you, check out the 7,000-square-foot bouldering park. BaseCamp isn’t just for the experienced, people of all ages will find something to love at the park.

2. Paddle, hike, or soak up the sun at Lake Tahoe.

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North Lake Tahoe is less than an hours drive from Reno and visitors have endless opportunities for outdoor recreation here. From beautiful beaches like Secret Harbor Beach to paddling the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, you won’t have a problem getting your fill of Lake Tahoe’s beautiful clear water. If you’re searching for hiking or mountain biking trails trails, you have your choice of miles upon miles of gorgeous Sierra Nevada wilderness to explore. Ranging from leisurely walks along the water to challenging mountain trails, you won’t be disappointed with the forests, waterfalls, and adventure you find along the way.

3. Hang out downtown at Truckee River Whitewater Park

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It’s true, there’s a whitewater park right in the heart of downtown Reno. The Truckee River, which begins at Lake Tahoe in California, flows right through the city and offers kayakers a place to play all year long. Home to the Reno River Festival, this 2,600-foot park boasts fresh water, 11 drop-pools, and variety of whitewater activities for every skill level.

4. Experience amazing recreation and mountain views at Washoe Lake State Park.

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Washoe Lake State Park is tucked in a beautiful valley and offers visitors awesome opportunities for fishing, water sports, horseback riding, and hiking. The park is home to a wide range of diverse birds making it a great place to go bird watching, or just sit back and take in the breathtaking views of the Carson, Sierra Nevada, and Virginia mountain ranges.

Camping in Reno, Nevada

The Enchanted Garden, located right in Reno, is a cozy little cabin/cottage. This is an authentic, reconstructed cabin that will charm your socks off, not the mention the beautiful grounds of the Enchanted Garden.

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This was once the site of the infamous WILLOW’s, one of the first gaming houses in Nevada, as well as the place where Jack Johnson trained for the fight of the century in 1910 against the Great White Hope, Jim Jeffries.

Today, this cottage has been lovingly redone and boasts a spectacular english garden in the spring and summer months. The cottage can comfortably sleep three people and it has one full bathroom available. The Enchanted Garden is only three blocks from the Truckee River which means hiking trails, excellent fly fishing, and biking are only a short walk away!

Learn more about The Enchanted Garden or book your stay today on Camp Native!

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Jessica is a freelance writer. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, daughter dog, and 4 cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.