Fall in Reno Tahoe

Seven Fall Favorites in Reno Tahoe

Happy fall! We assume you’re reading this while you’re either waiting in line for a PSL, (no judgment here) you’re on your way to check out fall colors, or you just finished searching the back of your closet for your box of scarves. Either way, it’s time to read these seven solid reasons to make Reno Tahoe your fall-cation destination.

Prime Paddling at Lake Tahoe

Summer is over and you know what that means… no summer crowds at Lake Tahoe! With more than 300 days of sunshine in the Reno Tahoe area, fall is the perfect time to get out onto that famous crystal clear water. Kayaking and paddleboarding are two favorites. The water is the warmest it will be all year and Tahoe’s calm morning water is paddling paradise. It is fall (haven’t you heard?) so maybe wear something a little warmer than a bikini. Totally up to you.

Epic Hiking and Biking

Cooler weather and fewer crowds make fall the best time to hit the trails in Reno Tahoe. The days are starting to get a little shorter, so make sure you plan accordingly if you’re looking to summit one of Tahoe’s majestic peaks. Grab your favorite seasonal brew from one of Reno Tahoe’s local breweries and enjoy it on a mountaintop while basking in the sun. It’s doesn’t get much better than this.

Fishing Fun

Reno Tahoe is home to some of the best trout fishing in the western United States. Whether it’s the beautiful Truckee River, the majestic alpine lakes, or the world-renowned Pyramid Lake, the options for fishing near Reno are endless! Fall is the perfect time to get out in nature and find your favorite fishing spot.

Must-Try Seasonal Sips & Treats

Yummmm, fall drinks and treats. Whether it’s filled with caffeine or of the adults-only variety, fall drinks are kind of the greatest thing about fall. There’s a whole world of specialty coffee shops and foodie favorites in The Biggest Little City, and some of them offer seasonal specialties. Several of our breweries are also getting into the autumn spirit by releasing seasonal brews. Go ahead, get festive and visit all of them all – just maybe not all in the same day.

Cool Colors

#NoFilter needed in Reno Tahoe. These colors are just begging to be photographed, and you must oblige. The leaves begin changing at the end of September and peak in October. Take a look at some of the best places to go “leaf peeping” around Lake Tahoe and the Biggest Little City. You’ll see plenty of tourists and locals walking along the Truckee River for some great shots… and some great spots to grab a bite. Be sure to tag #RenoTahoe when you post for a chance to be featured on our Instagram.

Entertaining Events

We have almost as many events as we have colorful leaves. Almost. With events this fun (and unique!) you are guaranteed a good time this fall in Reno Tahoe. Here are just a sample of the many events happening in the area.

October 12 | Reno Zombie Prom

It’s a scary good time at Cargo Concert Hall with live music, zombie make-up artists, costume contests and even the crowning of the 2019 Zombie Prom King and Queen.

October 20 | Pumpkin Palooza

Celebrate all things pumpkin! Named a “Top 10 Event” by Food Network Magazine, PumpkinPalooza features live music, pumpkin derby, pumpkin seed spitting and pie-eating contests in Sparks Victorian Square.

October 26 | Reno Zombie Crawl

One of the biggest zombie bar crawls in the world, the Reno Zombie Crawl is one of USA TODAY’s Top 10 Costumed Halloween Parties in the US. Join 20,000+ at this scary fun event in downtown Reno.

Winter is coming

While the ski resorts up at Lake Tahoe won’t open until late October/November, the anticipation is growing. Just looking at the snow photos below is getting us excited!


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