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Rules of the Trail – Getting Outside Safely in Reno Tahoe

The coronavirus has changed a lot of things in our lives, including how we safely enjoy the outdoors. Fortunately, Reno Tahoe has an abundance of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore so it’s possible to find solitude on local trails. But before you head out on your next adventure, please know and respect these new rules of the trail to help keep everyone healthy.

New Rules of the Outdoors – Staying Healthy on Reno Tahoe Trails

Check Before You Go

Most trails in Reno Tahoe have remained open but always check before you go since closures may vary between cities, counties, states and management entities. Services at trails, such as visitor centers or restrooms, may be closed so plan accordingly. Please reference Washoe County Parks for the most up to date information on trails and parks.

Pack Out Your Trash

Even if there are trash cans at the trailhead and parking areas, there are fewer park staff and volunteer resources to maintain these. Keep the trails and beaches clean by packing out anything you bring on your hike, bike ride or trip to the beach.

If you’d like to volunteer to help keep Reno Tahoe’s trails and waterways clean, there are several organizations that offer socially-distanced clean-up opportunities. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Keep Tahoe Blue and Clean Up the Lake are just a few nonprofits that rely on volunteers to keep our outdoor spaces clean for all of us who love to enjoy them.

Avoid Busy Times and Popular Trails

Reno Tahoe’s busiest trails are popular for a reason, but now is the perfect time to explore some lesser-known areas. If you arrive at your favorite trail and find the parking lot full, have a plan for hiking a different trail or come back at another time. Visit our Reno and Lake Tahoe hiking and biking pages for a list of trailheads in the area.

Proceed with Caution

Understand that some healthcare systems, especially in rural areas, might be overwhelmed so avoid dangerous activities. This means sticking to activities within your normal routine and taking proper precautions.

Be Considerate

We are all in this together! Remember to practice social distancing even on the trail – give other hikers and bikers room to pass and respect any directional signage on trails. If you are feeling sick, please stay home to minimize the risk of exposing others.

Help park staff and volunteers by following these new rules of the trail. For more tips for recreating outdoors in a safe and healthy way, check out Leave No Trace Center and Washoe County Parks.

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