The Tahoe Rim Trail exists because of the dreams and dedicated efforts of thousands of volunteers who built and continue to maintain the trail.
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a volunteer organization established in 1981 to plan, construct, and maintain the Tahoe Rim Trail. This 165-mile, twenty-four inch, single-track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). The trail encompasses the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties, and two states. The Tahoe Rim Trail overlaps with approximately fifty miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

Become a 165 Mile Club Member

The greatest reward that you will receive from becoming a 165 Miler is the simple fact that you did it. You can do it on foot, on horse, and most of it on a bike. You can do it all at once or in sections. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will give you a 165 mile patch, a beautiful full color certificate of completion, put your name in the 165 Mile Club Log Book, on the website, and in the Trail Blazer. All of these will be reminders of one of your greatest achievements.

Mt. Rose Highway to Spooner Lake section

Vital information:

Open to bikes on even days of the month only.
Our shuttle from Spooner Lake Day use area to the Tahoe Rim
Trail on the Mt. Rose Highway is available on even days only
leaving Spooner Lake at 10am
(through October). $15.00



Mt. Rose Highway to Spooner Lake via the Rim trail:

20.4 mi, 2062' of climbing

Starting elevation: 8700"
First climb: 265' total climbing 2 miles
Tunnel Creek road: 613' total climbing 8.77 miles
Marlette Overlook: 1531' total climbing 12 miles
Spooner Lake: 2062' total climbing 20.4 miles
Finish elevation: 7080'

Mt. Rose to Spooner via the Flume Trail:

950 feet of climbing. 20 miles


The beginning of this beautiful section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is at 8700' above the Sheep Flats (aka Tahoe Meadows) on the Mt. Rose Highway above Incline Village.


It is often quite cool in the morning at the shuttle drop off site so bring a wind shell to start the ride. The first part of the trail parallels the highway and then descends through the meadows and briefly joins the Ophir Creek trail. Look for Rim trail signs directing you onto then after a quarter mile up and to the right of the Ophir Creek trail. If you stay on the Ophir creek trail you will end up at Davis Creek park in Washoe Valley. It is a very rough, rocky trail and a long way back to your car.


After a 300' climb out of the meadows (the biggest climb until you reach the Tunnel Creek road) you begin to contour your way to the Tunnel Creek road. There are many great vistas of Lake Tahoe as well as Washoe Lake in Nevada. The contrast between the Tahoe basin and the Great basin is startling. There are many small climbs and descents along the route toward the Tunnel Creek road in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. This section is moderately technical due to the many solo rock steps. Lofting your front wheel over the steps is a very useful skill to have in your quiver.


At about nine miles you will come to the Tunnel Creek Road (8000'). Down this road to the right a half a mile brings you to the North end of the Flume Trail. Continue straight ahead on the rim trail and you are in for a big (800')switch backing climb. Near the top of the climb consider taking the vista trail to the Sand harbor overlook. Same view as on the Flume trail but another thousand feet higher. It is truly on of the best vistas of Tahoe.


Once at the top the trail winds down past the Marlette Peak campground to the Hobart Road. The Rim trail past this point is closed to bikes so your only path back to Spooner is along this road to the right and down to Marlette Lake. A short but for some reason tough climb leads out of the Marlette basin and then it is downhill back to Spooner Lake (7000'). Mind the speed limits on this descent. If horse contacts cyclist, guess who will win. Please smile and say hi to all trail users.


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Premium Mountain Bike Rentals
for Lake Tahoe's
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For more information,
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775-749-5349 or email

Reno Cycling


Bike rentals

Where to find a bike in Reno and Lake Tahoe

Reno Rentals
Want to take a look around, but don't want to deal with the hassles of traffic? Check out our guide to Reno and North Shore Lake Tahoe bike rentals and you'll be on the road in no time.

Explore the beauty of the Truckee Meadows on two wheels around Reno or up at Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the ride.

Black Rock Bicycles
7550 Hillview Drive
Reno, NV 89506
More than 150 bikes available for rental at Burning Man each year, in addition to other events. Single speed cruisers and custom choppers are available.
$20/day, $75/week, or $5/hour.
Free bike drop-off and pick-up to Reno-Sparks Casinos.
For more information, visit the website

Sundance Mountain Bike Rentals
345 N. Arlington
Reno, NV
Cost $6 per hour or $24/day

Sierra Adventures
Corners of First and Arlington streets
Reno, NV
Full suspension or road bike $19/hr. or $39/day
Hard tail $11/hr. or $29/day
Basic/cruisers $11/hr. or $19/day
Tandems $19/hr. or $59 /day
Kids' bike or trailer $9/hr. or $15/day
Patch kit and bike lock $5/day.


Bike Trails

Jones Creek - White's Creek Loop Trail: An intermediate nine-mile bike loop beginning at the Galena Creek Park off of the Mount Rose Highway.

Mogul - Verdi Loop: An advanced nine-mile loop that begins with a climb of nearly 1,500 feet in elevation. The trail begins off Interstate 80 at the Mogul Exit.

Peavine Mountain: Hundreds of rocky trails for all skill levels exist on Peavine Mountain. Some paths take bikers to the top at 7,000 feet.

Truckee River Trail: Borders 14 miles of paved trails through downtown Reno-Sparks bordering the Truckee River.

Virginia Range: A 9-mile trip through Reno on smooth gravel and Jeep roads. The ride begins at 6,460 feet and at the 4-mile mark, riders encounter a brief and rocky descent.

Squaw Valley USA Trail: Two-lane paved trail that runs relatively flat from Squaw Valley USA, alongside the Truckee River and down the west shore of Lake Tahoe to Tahoe City.

Flume Trail: An expert trail beginning at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on the east side of Lake Tahoe. The ride begins at 7,000 feet and climbs to 8,157 feet. The Flume Trail ends with a three-mile, 1,500-foot descent at the finish, dropping bikers at Incline Village, Nev.

Northstar-at-Tahoe: Offers more than 100 miles of marked trails, which are serviced by chairlifts equipped with racks to take bikers and their bikes from the Village elevation of 6,330 feet to the mid-mountain elevation of 7,040 feet.

Squaw Valley USA: Rugged terrain for the more experienced biker. Bikers can choose to take the tram or embark on the 2,000-foot climb up to the peak. Bike rentals are also available.



 June 14-16 2007


15th-annual Tour de Nez presents two-day celebration of cycling June 14-16

Truckee and Reno host beloved event to satisfy the 'Bike Geek' in everyone


The 15th-annual Tour de Nez, a true celebration of all things cycling, pedals into Reno and Truckee June 15 and 16 for one of the most complete cycling events to be found: A bevy of pro, amateur, and enthusiast events highlight the joy, excitement, and beloved culture of cycling.

Started 15 years ago to celebrate the anniversary of Reno’s first coffee house, Deux Gros Nez—which closed last year—the Tour de Nez has grown from a Masters Twilight Criterium to a cycling extravaganza in Truckee and Reno.

For a complete list of events - visit

Revelers will enjoy live music, belly dancing, bike demonstrations, mint juleps, bike decorating contests, face painting, and a world full of bike madness and mayhem. For more information, contact (775) 287-3599.

The much-anticipated races in downtown Reno and Truckee will showcase, once again, some of the fastest competition to be found as well as numerous other cycling and cycling-related events for those of all ages and levels of competition to enjoy.

Grab a front row seat as some of the nations top professional cycling teams compete for a chance to take home more than $30,000 in prize money in the pro cycling races and earn points on the National Racing Calendar, and partake in the numerous activities geared toward cycling diehards and newbies alike.

Dubbed “the coolest cycling adventure in the world,” the Tour de Nez not only brings to the area many of the nation’s most accomplished bicycle racers—Reno local Alex Candelario and his Team Jelly Belly teammates as well as members of Kelly Benefits, Health Net, Toyota United included—it offers two days of fun for the whole family in Reno and Truckee.

The Pro Series begins with the Truckee Criterium on June 15 and is followed by the famous Mighty Tour de Nez Downtown Reno Criterium on June 16; among other festivities running in conjunction with the Reno race will be the Clean Energy Expo.

Among the many community events, the Tour will feature the Biggest Little Kid’s Race. The famous Clunker Classic—this year celebrating its second 10th anniversary—will also take place in both locations, encouraging all alternative forms of two-wheel transportation to take to the pavement and ride. Rounding off the celebration will be messenger races, century rides, expos, clinics, and of course, plenty of mint juleps at every corner!


 Reno’s Whitewater Sports





THE TRUCKEE RIVER was named for the Washoe Indian Chief who befriended and guided many early settlers through the area on their journey to California. Choose from 4 different trips:

THE BOCA RUN - Our most popular run is a half-day, Class III tour from Boca to Floriston. This tour starts gently, then the rapids build to an exciting finish in the Floriston Gorge. Just 25 minutes north of Lake Tahoe makes this river easily accessible.
$68.00 Adults
$58.00 for kids 7 - 12 years old




THE VERDI RUN - Just 20 minutes west of Reno, the Verdi run offers of Class II white water excitement with such rapids as "Gorilla Falls" and "Powerhouse." You pass by the site of the Great Train Robbery on this river run. Its closeness to Reno makes it an easy outing for those vacationing there. *Spring only.
$58.00 for kids 7 - 12 years old


THE RENO RUN - A milder recreational half day tour can be taken into and right through downtown Reno. We run occasional diversion dams, which add excitement to this Class II stretch of white water. *Spring only.

The Half Day Adventures allow guests to plan other activities in the area or make that special dinner reservation. These adventures last 2-4 hours.
All departure times are subject to change. Please call for up-to-date information and to explore the possibilities. 1-800-442-7238






Reno Mountain Sports
155 E. Moana Lane
Reno, NV 89502


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"In a kayak, you can ride waves, navigate, and get there faster," and Fairchild said. Since he got the hang of it, he hasn't wanted to stop. "Kayaking is my passion."

Kayaks come in two classes, play boats, which are more advanced in development and design, used to ride whitewater, surf waves, and play in holes. The bigger kayaks are designed for riding waterfalls or areas of high-volume water. The longer length is for big water, like Class V areas.

Fairchild says kayaks should fit tight for performance. Riders cram themselves in and rock the kayak with their thighs to maneuver. Skill-building is as much an investment as the gear, but once a kayaker has the gear and the skills, he or she can paddle any river at anytime.

An inflatable kayak is good for beginners. More like half-raft and half-kayak, they rate between the school bus and the Ferrari. Fairchild compares the inflatable kayak to an SUV. "They are hard to tip, but not as fast, and harder to navigate."


Rollin' on the river
The Truckee River’s volume varies. The weekend of River Fest 2007, the river was at about 650 CFS or cubic feet per second and estimated to rise to about 700 CFS. Some rivers rate as much as 1,500 to 5,000 CFS, such as the South Fork of the California River. Kayak season begins around January or February and goes through June. Water fluctuates, so hardcore kayakers just look for whatever is running. Fairchild says he has kayaked in rain and snow. During River Fest 2006, the Truckee was flowing at about 3,500 CFS, and was much colder and higher.


Risks on the river
Despite what people think, a collision with river rocks is not the greatest hazard to a kayaker. While it does happen, Fairchild says it’s not common. Kayakers wear helmets and learn how to tuck their head and face in a protected position. Someone hitting his or her head on river rocks is pretty rare.

Strainers, like debris, logs floating in the river or a jumble or rocks can act as a sieve and pin riders. "It is really hard to get out of.” Fairchild says, but this is not the greatest danger facing kayakers, either.

The number one risk seems to be the river itself. The water temperature can cause hypothermia. Kayakers use a wetsuit, but if they tip, their body temperature can drop, and in some river situations, there is no easy way out. Boaters may face a two-mile hike out of steep canyon walls. The body can get cold and tight and hypothermia can happen easily.

A day in a kayak calls for the appropriate gear. Thermals provide insulation, combined with a dry top layer. Clothing is designed with rubber gaskets to help keep water out. A funnel for the skirt seals out water, and a life vest and helmet are essential.

Fairchild recommends warm, thermal wetsuits and booties. He has seen his fair share of bloodied feet from kayakers who think they can get in a boat with no shoes.

The combination of rocks on the bottom and the current is another major river hazard. Rounded boulders on the river bottom can be 2.5-feet to 3-feet in diameter, and someone standing in the river can easily lodge his or her foot between the rocks. "Foot entrapment between the rocks - your foot gets stuck, and the current shoves you over," Fairchild points out this risky situation.

When a kayaker hits the water, the best way to swim downstream is with legs straight out front with feet up and toes pointed out of the water. Float until reaching the safety of an eddy or the bank. Get out of the current, then stand safely.


'Safety First' and second and third ...
Fairchild recommends partnering with other riders when kayaking. Learning how to roll upright and remove the skirt is essential. A boat can hold about fifty-gallons of water, and getting trapped in the current with a sinking boat worth about $1,000 is a rough place to be.

"People get themselves in trouble trying to save their equipment. Having someone with you to rescue you is important."

When kayaks roll over, people get scared because their feet are trapped. Kayakers have to remember how to get of the boat in a panic situation, when they are upside-down, trapped underwater, hanging by their legs.

"Get forward, pull the skirt ripcord. People become disoriented - surfers, scubas, we've got to concentrate. We've got to be focused."

Float bags in the kayak are designed to keep the boat afloat if it takes on water, plus, they take up space with air, so less water can fill the boat.

Learning to kayak can be intimidating, but good kayakers are always a little afraid of the water. Fairchild confessed he had about 20 pool sessions before he ever hit the river. At one point, before a kayaking trip, he laid awake in bed, thinking of all the bad things that could happen to him. And now, of Fairchild’s 12 years in a kayak, the last five have been in Class V water.

No kayaker can successfully ride the river without confidence, Fairchild says. “Be confident, but conservative enough to ride the river safely.”

"It's not a bad thing to be nervous. It's a dynamic sport, the water is moving - it's something to be nervous about. It's definitely intimidating. A good kayaker can balance nerves and confidence."



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Whitewater Raft Race and Music Festival June 23

Annual Angel Kiss Foundation event in Wingfield Park



The Third Annual Whitewater Raft and Music Festival will be held 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 23 at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.

Rafting registration will be at the Arlington Avenue entrance of the park. Registration begins 9 a.m. at Wingfield Park. The shuttlebus to the starting line begins running at 10 p.m., with multiple runs and race begins at noon at Chrissy Caughlin Park.

Whitewater Race entry fees start at $30 for the first person in a craft. Each additional person in the boat is $15. The fee includes race entry, a goodie bag, an event T-shirt, and trophies for the top three placers in each category.

Inflatable kayaks and tube rentals are available from Tahoe Whitewater Tours, (775)787-5000, call in advance to reserve a raft.

Seven different caetgories are available from the serious racer to the creative groups who want to dress as pirates. Contestants can participate using river kayaks, canoes, inflatable kayaks and inflatable rafts. Download registration forms at

The music begins at 9 a.m. with DJ Todd South, followed by Burning Peace at 11 a.m. The 88's play around 1:30 p.m. and Sol' Jibe takes the stage at 3:30 p.m.

Food vendors include Walden's Coffee House, offering morning treats, sweets and coffees, but save room for Vista Grille's barbeque and Great Basin Brewery brews.

Angel Kiss Foundation helps local families with children with cancer, regardless of income, by providing immediate assistance and support for expenses or needs related to treatment. All proceeds from this event will stay in Northern Nevada - providing financial assistance to families while they focus on helping kids get well.

Contact Angel Kiss Foundation at (775)323-7721.


Reno’s Hot Spring Spa

Steamboat Villa Hot Springs Spa

Reno, NV (775) 853-6600


Steamboat Hot Springs Geyser Basin is located 11 miles south of Reno on Highway 395. It is the oldest known site in the world of continuous hot spring activity producing surface mineral deposits.


Early Visitors to the area were impressed with the power of the Steamboat area. David Palmer wrote in 1861, "The ground trembles here and scalding water sullies forth from cracks in the earth. Jets of steam engulf the land and the air is heavy with the scent of brimstone and sulfur."

The most numerous geothermal features on the site are fumeroles, or steam vents, which vary from very small "peepholes" to large "whistlers" and "blowholes." 


Steamboat Springs was recommended by Chief Winnemucca to the "forty-niners" for rest and enjoyment of the resuscitating effect of bathing in the hot waters.


It is generally conceded by old-timers that the name came from Mark Twain who declared, "Behold a steamboat in the desert."

The first spa was developed during the Virginia City mining days. Dr. Edna Carver came to the area in 1909 and developed a spa in the following years so the hot mineral water could be used for therapeutic purposes.


Thousands of people visited Steamboat Springs and received care under Dr. Carver. It was also a popular spot where prize fighters came to train and benefit from the hot water and steam therapy.


The building has been completely renovated, inside and out, in recent years. Though the charm of the historic building has been retained, you will find new, clean tile work in a well maintained facility.


A history of the area titled: A Steamboat in the Desert, written and compiled by Roger Weld is available for $10.00 at the front desk (shipping and handling additional). Order your copy today. Better yet, stop in and pick one up. "... I found it to be delightful reading" says Stephen Drew, senior curator of the California State Railroad Museum.


Water has been used for therapy since ancient times. We find references to the use of mineral waters for healing by the Egyptians, Arabians, Japanese, Native Americans, Greeks and the cultures of ancient India, to name but a few.


The springs of Al Sheher, located at Philadelphia of the New Testament, have been used since the third century B.C. In modern times their waters have been bottled and sold for their medicinal qualities.


Water therapy, or hydrotherapy, combines with light and massage treatment, was used in ancient Greece at healing temples from the time of Asclepius. Plato also recommended the use of water treatment for various diseases.


Steamboat Springs is classed as "thermal waters" of volcanic origin which maintain excessive heat and high mineral content. The temperature of the water as it reaches the surface is between 200 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit.


Numerous sulphate minerals derived from the weathering of sulphides deposited from the hot water have been noted in chemical analysis. Some of these minerals are extremely rare. One type found here has been hitherto known only in Chile in South America. Another is a borax mineral not known before in the United States.


The therapeutic waters have remained the same since historic times, but the site has been completely renovated. The water is now available in clean, fresh and colorful single-use tub rooms. Whether it is to soothe the sore muscles after athletic activity, to soothe sore joints or injuries, or just to melt away the stresses of our modern world, we invite you to enjoy the Spa.


The tub is freshly filled for each use, so we can adjust the temperature to your special needs or to your desire.

After each use, the tub is drained, disinfected and rinsed so your are never using water used by others, nor are your subjected to chemicals in the water.

Towels and fresh well water to drink are supplied. There is a fresh water shower in each tub room.


The OUTDOOR TUB is open to all guests. This is a 5 person tub in the back of the spa building. Surrounded by lawn and overlooking Steamboat Creek, it is the perfect setting for relaxation and combining a little sun with the mineral water soak. At night a rotating color wheel adds colored light to the water. The tub is flow-through, so fresh mineral water is constantly flowing in, and no chemicals are added to the water. Bathing suits are required for the outdoor tub.


The steam room is powered by Geothermal Mineral Water. This is a public room, and for its use we request that you wear a bathing suit and thongs or something similar to cover your feet.


Therapeutic Massage

Skillful massage has many benefits including a positive impact on every system of the body. Muscles are relieved of tension and spasm, blood and nutrient supplies are increased to the muscles, and toxins and wastes are eliminated. There are benefits to the skeletal system, respiratory system, digestive system and nervous system. Many unhealthy conditions within the body can be improved or corrected through massage.


We offer a number of different therapies so you can choose the one right for your needs and wishes. All of our therapists are certified and licensed and have the very highest of professional qualifications.


Our therapists recommend soaking in the mineral bath for at least 20 minutes before your massage. The mineral water also helps the body release toxins and soothes your muscles. Massage and mineral water together are doubly effective to promote healing and good health.



Swedish Massage


Swedish Massage (Package of 5)


Japanese Restoration


Sports Massage and Deep Tissue


Sports Massage and Deep Tissue (Package of 5)




Integrated Acupressure


Craniosacral Massage


Swedish-Plus (90 Minutes)


Japanese Dual


Swedish-Double (2 Hours)


Swedish-Half (30 Minutes)


Energy Healing Treatment (see below for more info)




Mud Body Mask


Raindrop Therapy


Set of Healing Stones


Salt Glow


Hot Stone Treatment




Facial Light Treatment


Rejuvinating Facial (30 Minutes)


Anti-Aging Facial


European Facial


Glycolic Facial


Add Light to Any Facial




Combine therapies for special prices. (Mud Mask may be substituted for wrap.)



Day-at-the-Spa (tub, massage, body wrap)


Facial Spa Day (tub, European facial, massage)


Raindrop Spa Day (tub,massage, raindrop)


Purification Spa Day (tub, salt glow, body wrap)


Ultilmate Spa Day (tub, salt glow, massage, body wrap)




Package of 4


Package of 6



We ask that you make your appointment 24 hours in advance. Your massage appointment must be secured with a credit card. We require a minimum of three business hour prior to the appointment for cancellations. No show appointments will be charged 50% of the price of the service. Appointments for tubs will be held for just 15 minutes. In consideration of those with appointments after yours, if you arrive late your appointment will be shortened.


Tahoe Tandems offers the hang gliding and paragliding enthusiast a wide range of opportunities. We specialize in Sierra Tours, hang gliding and paragliding tandems, instruction and expert advice on equipment to maximize your fun and safety.

Tahoe Tandems is conveniently located just south of Reno NV in Carson City NV amidst some of the best soaring in the country. There is flying for every level of pilot skill in one of the worlds most scenic areas.

DISCOVERY TANDEM FLIGHTS are for the one-time only and are available for both hang and paragliding. It's a great introduction to the sports as well as to the pilots in the area. A perfect gift.


With no prior experience, you can soar the skies with a professional USHGA certified tandem pilot. Our experts are prepared to introduce you to this dazing panoramic view of Lake Tahoe and make it a safe and unforgettable experience.

For those who want to find out what paragliding or hang gliding is all about but cannot commit to learning, we offer tandem flights. The tandem flight consists of a short briefing followed by a 20-45 minute (weather permitting) flight. During the flight, the pilot will explain what he/she is doing and allow you some hands-on control of the hang glider or paraglider. A tandem flight is best for the person seeking an exciting one-time experience, with minimum commitment.

From the moment you launch from the mountain top until you land far below, you will experience the exhilaration of free flight. There is no activity in the world that provides such a feeling of freedom and excitement. Once you have flown, the sky will never look the same.

Actual time in the air depends on the conditions, but typically a flight lasts around 20 minutes. Allow several hours for your tandem flight, since flight time does not include the drive up to launch, pre-flight briefing and instructions, setup and safety checks, and the retrieval from then landing zone.

Horseback Riding


A city famous for wild horses and rodeos, Reno offers a chance to experience the Wild West with many horseback riding facilities and ranches around the area.

From trails and tours to working ranches and guest ranches, Northern Nevada offers miles of open terrain to explore on horseback. Full moon rides, hayrides, lessons and facilities for special occasions are some of the programs offered at local stables.

A short drive to Lake Tahoe makes getting back to nature easy with the variety of tours offered at stables around the lake for hourly rides, breakfast rides, steak dinner evening rides, fishing and pack trips and wagon and winter sleigh rides.

Equest Training Center
805 Washoe Dr.
Washoe Valley, NV 89704
Franktown Meadows Inc
4200 Old US Highway 395 N.
Washoe Valley, NV 89704
High Sierra Stables
10195 Mogul Rd.
Reno, NV 89523
Longears Longwalk Ranch
3205 Indian Ln.
Reno, NV 89506
775 677-7046
Northstar Stables
Northstar at Tahoe
Truckee, CA 96161
Sierra Meadows Stables
1725 W Huffaker Ln.
Reno, NV 89511
Stallion Station Boarding
15385 Kivett Ln.
Reno, NV 89511
Tyson's Canyon Ranch
Virginia City, NV 89440
Zephyr Cove Stables
Hwy 40
Zephyr Cove, NV 89449
Silver Circle Ranch
3400 W Holcomb Ln.
Reno, NV 89511
Jen-Mar Acres
14755 Toll Rd.
Reno, NV 89511


Virginia City
Virginia City holds a special place in the history of the West and America. The first truly industrial city in the West began in the late 1850's. Gold was found at the head of Six-Mile Canyon in 1859 by two miners named Pat McLaughlin and Peter O'Reilly. A fellow miner, Henry Comstock, stumbled upon their find and claimed it was on his property. The gullible McLaughlin and O'Reilly believed him and assured Comstock a place in history when the giant lode was named. Following the gold up the canyon an outcropping of gold in quartz was found. Another miner, James Finney, nicknamed "Old Virginny" from his birthplace, is reported to have named the town during a drunken celebration. He dropped a bottle of whiskey on the ground and christened the newly-founded tent-and-dugout town on the slopes of Mt. Davidson "Old Virginny Town," in honor of himself.

The biggest problem in this grubstake paradise was the sticky blue-gray mud that clung to picks and shovels. When the mud was assayed, it proved to be silver ore worth over $2,000 a ton - in 1859 dollars! Gold mixed with high quality silver ore was recovered in quantities large enough to catch the eye of President Abe Lincoln. He needed the gold and silver to keep the Union solvent during the Civil War. On October 31, 1864 Lincoln made Nevada a state although it did not contain enough people to constitutionally authorize statehood.

The resulting boom turned Virginny Town into Virginia City, the most important settlement between Denver and San Francisco; and the grubby prospectors into instant millionaires who built mansions, imported furniture and fashions from Europe and the Orient, and financed the Civil War. With the gold and silver came the building of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, which ran from Reno to Carson City to Virginia City and later to Minden. The investments made in mining on the Comstock in the 1860's, 1870's and 1880's fueled the building of San Francisco. Wm. Ralston and Crocker, founders of the Bank of California made their money in Virginia City. Names like Leland Stanford, George Hearst, John Mackay, Wm. Flood and many others made their fortunes in Comstock mining.

At the peak of its glory, Virginia City was a boisterous town with something going on 24 hours a day both above and below ground for its nearly 30,000 residents. There were visiting celebrities, Shakespeare plays, opium dens, newspapers, competing fire companies, fraternal organizations, at least five police precincts, a thriving red-light district, and the first Miner's Union in the U.S. The International Hotel was six stories high and boasted the West's first elevator, called a "rising room.


Today, many mansions such as the Castle, the Mackay and the Savage stand as monuments to the opulence of life on the Comstock. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad runs again from Virginia City to Gold Hill. The largest federally designated Historical District in America is maintained in its original condition. "C" Street, the main business street, is lined with 1860's and 1870's buildings housing specialty shops of all kinds.

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Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce Community Events Calendar for 2007


June 8, 2007
Hope Jam 2007
Nevada Cancer Institute
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
RSVP: (702) 821-0044

June 14 - August 23, 2007
Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market
Sparks Victorian Square
(775) 353-2291

June 15-23, 2007
Reno Livestock Events Center
Tickets: 800-225-2277


July 1 -31, 2007
This celebration of arts includes music, dance, theater, opera, children's workshops, movies in the park, cowboy poetry, historical walks, visual arts and more.

July 12 -Aug. 19, 2007
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
For its 35th annual season, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival brings together two of the Bard's best known works as well as light-hearted, original comedy that's sure to provide sidesplitting entertainment seven nights per week.

July 30-Aug. 5, 2007
RenoWTahoe Open
"official PGA TOUR event"
at Montreux Golf and Country Club


August 3-12, 2007

August 7, 2007
Western Week at Truckee - Cowboy Poetry, Comedy & Music
McIver Memorial Arena
10500 Brockway Rd., Truckee CA
Info: (530) 587-5555

August 11 & 12, 2007
Western Week at Truckee - Truckee Championship Pro Rodeo
McIver Memorial Arena
10500 Brockway Rd., Truckee CA
Info: (530) 587-5555

August 17-19, 2007
BIG Reno Show
Winchester Arms Collectors
1 & 1/2 Acres of Exhibits
Grand Sierra Resort Casino

August 29 -September 3, 2007
Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off
Victorian Square
800-843-2427 or (775) 356-3300


"National Disabilities Awareness Month"
UNR Disability Resource Center

September 8 - 10, 2007
Great Reno Balloon Races
(775) 826-1181

September 12 -16, 2007
National Championship Air Races
(775) 972-6663

Sept. 22, 2007
5th Annual Tahoe Century Ride
proceeds benefit North Tahoe
Middle & High School Music Programs
starts/ends in Squaw Valley

September 19-23, 2007
Street Vibrations
Harley-Davidson of Northern California
details: 800-200-4557

September 29 & 30, 2007
87th Annual Genoa Candy Dance
details: 775-782-8696


Nevada Mining Association

Oct. 5, 2007
Truckee Meadows Tomorrow
John Ascuaga's Nugget

Oct. 6, 2007
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada

"little moments BIG MAGIC"

Oct 6 - 7, 2007.
Great Italian Festival
Eldorado Hotel Casino downtown Reno
details: 800-879-8879

Oct 25-28, 2007.
Nevada Days Celebration
details: 800-683-2948


Welcome rodeo fans to the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!" June 17-26,2010
The "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West," the Reno Rodeo is a 10-day event. The Reno Rodeo is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) sanctioned sporting event. Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up over 350 volunteers. Over 140,000 fans will be in attendance for the 4th richest PRCA tour rodeo. The event impacts the Reno/Sparks area economy with $42 million going to hotels, casinos, restaurants and retail. The Reno Rodeo has been nationally televised on CBS Sports, Fox Sports Net, Versus, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic.

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