Reno Hiking Fall

Leaf Peeping – Find Fall Colors in Reno Tahoe

The #RenoTahoe Instagram feed has been looking a little yellow/orange/red lately. With fall in full swing, it’s time to grab your camera (or camera phone) and get inspired! We’ve included a few must-visit picturesque places AND a roundup of our favorite and most colorful fall photos in the Reno Tahoe area. Happy leaf peeping!

Find fall colors in Reno Tahoe at these parks and trails

Reno Riverwalk District

Named one of “America’s Top 10 Coolest Riverwalks,” you’ll see gorgeous fall colors along the Truckee River while being within arms reach of great shopping, inviting coffee shops and fine dining. With more than 300 days of sunshine and moderate temperatures in Reno, fall is the perfect time to take advantage of the patio seating many places along the Riverwalk District offer.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Explore one of the tree-lined, paved paths in this oasis located just north of downtown Reno. A stroll through the 13 acres of native and adaptive plants and trees in the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a great way to take in the fall colors. (Plus, you’ll probably run into some cute critters like bunnies and squirrels!)

Mayberry Park

Located along the Truckee River just west of downtown Reno, Mayberry Park offers paved trails perfect for strollers and young children. After a nature walk, enjoy a picnic at one of the tables surrounded by the vivid changing leaves. When you look up at the trees and their falling leaves, keep an eye out for the many species of birds that call this park home, including redtail hawks, .

Callahan Park

This beautiful 25-acre park is just off Mt. Rose Highway on the south end of Reno. Enjoy the fall colors while using one of several picnic sites with a BBQ, playing on the horseshoe pits, or letting the kiddos play on one of two playgrounds. Take in the beautiful fall foliage along with sagebrush and pine trees, and hike the trails near the world-famous Montrêux Golf and Country Club.

Lake Tahoe

Get a different perspective when you take in the fall colors from the water! The blue water of Lake Tahoe pops magnificently against the fall colors of the aspen and cottonwood trees. Get an awesome view from the lake from a kayak or paddleboard… the water is calm and (believe it or not) warmer than in July!

Tahoe Rim Trail

Enjoy stunning views on one of the best hiking and biking trails in the country. Head to where the professional photographers go and snap photos of creeks, fir, pine and aspen trees, not to mention panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

Before embarking on your leaf-peeping adventure, make sure you understand and follow the rules of the trail, including being aware of trail closures. If you’re searching for more picturesque places, check out more fall inspiration from the #RenoTahoe Instagram feed.

Can’t get enough? Find more fall fun with our guide to must-see fall favorites in Reno Tahoe.

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