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Reno Tahoe Facts At a Glance


Reno-Sparks: Located at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, 13 miles east of the Nevada-California state line on Interstate 80.

Lake Tahoe: Bisected by Nevada-California borders, Lake Tahoe is 40 minutes southwest of Reno in the Sierra Nevada.

Population (2010 data provided by the Nevada State Demographer’s Office)

Reno: 225,221
Sparks: 90,264
Washoe County: 421,207


Reno: 4,500 feet
Lake Tahoe: 6,200 feet


Averages more than 300 days of sun each year with wide variations in temperatures during a 24-hour period.

Number of Visitors

4.7 million in 2015


Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides non-stop or one-stop service to almost any major destination in the United States. Visit for more information.


Served by Amtrak, Amador Stage Lines, Greyhound, Megabus and major national car rental companies.

Lake Tahoe Facts

Located 38 miles from downtown Reno, Lake Tahoe is approximately 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, with 72 miles of scenic shoreline; average depth is 989 feet and the deepest point 1,645 feet ; the water is 99.7 percent pure, about the same as distilled water.

Four Seasons

Year-round outdoor recreation within 90 minutes of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport includes:


18 world-class alpine and cross-country ski resorts, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, sledding, ice skating.


50 championship golf courses, hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountaineering, boating, sailing, kayaking, diving, water skiing, rafting, windsurfing, off-roading.

Major Annual Events

March: North Lake Tahoe SnowFest
April: Reno Jazz Festival
May: Reno River Festival, Reno Sculpture Festival, Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival
June: Reno Rodeo, Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure, Tour de Nez, Street Vibrations Spring Rally
July: Artown, Northern Nevada Pride, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Classical Tahoe
August: Barracuda Championship, Hot August Nights, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Burning Man
September: Great Reno Balloon Race, Virginia City International Camel Races, National Championship Air Races, Street Vibrations Fall Rally
October: Great Italian Festival, World Championship Outhouse Races, Ultra4 National Championship, Nevada Day Parade
November: Off Beat Arts & Music Festival
December: Sparks Hometowne Christmas, Nevada Chamber Music Festival


National Automobile Museum: The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) sets the standard for world-class automobile museums and is ranked one of the “Top Ten” automobile museums in the nation by Car Collector magazine. The museum features one of the most comprehensive public displays of automobiles in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 200 cars.

National Bowling Stadium: This tournament-only facility has been called the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins,” by the Los Angeles Times and “Pin Place” by USA Today; the stadium features 78 championship lanes, a video wall, an IWERKS large-format theater and the world’s longest screen scoring display.

The Nevada Historical Society: Founded in 1904, the society is Nevada's oldest museum. The NHS also maintains a unique research library.

The Nevada Museum of Art: Nevada’s only accredited art museum features an array of fine art exhibitions with both mainstream and cutting-edge contemporary appeal. For audiences of all ages and interests to encounter, engage and enjoy in an awe-inspiring architectural structure.

Pyramid Lake: The last remnant of a prehistoric sea, Pyramid Lake is today regarded as one of the best trophy lakes in the world for the Lahontan cutthroat trout and is known for its jagged rocks, tufa formations and chameleon-like waters that change with the seasons.

Sparks Marina Park: An 80-acre lake with fishing, swimming, boating and a beach located in Sparks also features a 2 ¼ mile paved path and will be bordered by a nautical-theme development.

The Truckee River Whitewater Park: The man-made whitewater park runs through the heart of downtown Reno creating an unparalleled urban-meets-outdoor experience. The $1.5 million park, which opened in 2004, is designed for kayaks, canoes, rafts or inner tubes and is accessible for all level of water enthusiasts. Each June, it attracts the world’s best kayakers who come to compete at the annual Reno River Festival.

Virginia City: Known as “The Liveliest Ghost Town in the West,” Virginia City is the famed site of the Comstock Lode, the world’s most spectacular gold and silver discovery; tour the town, go underground into actual gold and silver mines and enjoy a variety of yearly events and the area’s rich Western heritage.

Wild Island: Located in Sparks, this water-fun resort features a water park, 36-hole miniature golf course, go-cart raceway and complete game center and arcade.

Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum and Great Basin Adventure: Located at Rancho San Rafael Park, the museum and arboretum offer visitors a children’s educational museum and in the summer a petting zoo, log flume ride and gold panning.

Arts & Culture

Reno Tahoe offers a host of cultural and heritage museums, attractions and performances, some of which include:


Reno-Sparks: Offers approximately 20,000 guest rooms within five miles of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport.

Lake Tahoe: Offers a variety of first-class hotels, motels and gaming properties in addition to numerous vacation rental options.

Visitor Information

Reno Tahoe USA
Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA)
800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366)

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