The Reno / Sparks area features a public bus system operated by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County. The blue and green buses you see all over the area are part of this system.

The main part of the public transit service around the Truckee Meadows is called RTC RIDE. It comprises the most common and extensive system of bus routes covering Reno and Sparks. There are, however, additional and more focused components of the system.

RTC RAPID provides an express service along Virginia Street between the downtown 4th Street Station and the Meadowood Mall. RTC ACCESS is a paratransit service that provides door-to-door, prescheduled transportation for people with disabilities. RTC SIERRA SPIRIT service is specifically for downtown Reno and UNR. RTC INTERCITY provides daily service between Reno and Carson City.

For additional information about these services and more from RTC, refer to “Reno Area Public Transit Bus System.”


Spring days are for getting outside and enjoying a hike in the Reno area. We have a wide variety of hiking and walking trails, though some of the ones up higher in the Sierra might not be open just yet due to the late snow this winter. My “Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails” article is a good place to start when looking for a suitable trail.

Here are some of the hikes I have done and can recommend. Be sure to choose something within your abilities. Remember, this is supposed to be fun.

There are two guided hiking series taking place right now. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading “Discover Your Parks Walks” at a different park every week through September. “Walk With Washoe” is led by Washoe County staff. These outings are at various locations around the county.

Attention dog owners – It’s the law to keep dogs on leash at all times in designated congested areas of Washoe County and in Nevada State Parks. It doesn’t matter if your dog is “friendly.” Other users of public trails do not want to be approached and/or threatened by unleashed dogs. They don’t enjoy piles of dog poop all over the place, either. Be considerate of others using our trails – leash your dogs and pick up the poop.

Tahoe Meadows Trailhead, hiking, Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White

Here’s wishing all you Dads out there a great day. Here are some ideas for things to do on Father’s Day, which for 2018 is on Sunday, June 17. There are numerous possibilities, but here are some hints…

  • The Reno Rodeo will be in full swing this Father’s Day weekend.
  • Father’s Day steam train rides on the V & T Railroad.
  • Go to a Reno Aces game at Greater Nevada Field in Reno. The Aces will be playing the Omaha Storm Chasers from Saturday through Tuesday, June 16 – 19, 2018.
  • Take Dad to one of the great movies now playing in Reno and Sparks theaters.

Get more information about Father’s Day activities from “Father’s Day around Reno and Sparks.”

Happy Father’s Day from!