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

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There are a quite a few 2018 summer camps for kids available in the Reno / Sparks area. Choices range from outdoor adventures with Great Basin Naturalists to art-centered camps at Arts for All Nevada and the Nevada Museum of Art. Many camps fill fast, so now is the time to register for the best selection.

There are plenty of other options as well. UNR offers a diverse selection of summer fun for kids of all ages with Wolf Pack sports camps, KIDS University and Lake Tahoe Music Camp. More possibilities include Girl Scout camps, backcountry camps, acting and theater camps, rockclimbing camps, camps for disabled kids and adults, city recreation department camps and lots more.

Learn about available summer camp opportunities from “Summer Camps and Recreation for Reno / Tahoe Kids.” Some summer camps offer sessions on a daily basis, so if you miss the initial registration, you still have chances to get your kids into some great summer camp experiences.

Farmers markets, Reno, Sparks, Nevada
With summer on the way, farmers markets are popping up throughout the Reno and Sparks area, and at other locations around our region. You will enjoy a fun atmosphere along with finding fresh fruits and vegetables to perk up your meals.

In Sparks, 39 North Marketplace, which is a combination farmers market, festival, and food education event, is back for another year at Victorian Square. In Reno, there are a variety of markets on different days of the week.

In addition to Nevada grown produce, you’ll find lots of goodies from California that don’t grow on this side of the mountains. Farmers markets are fun for families, many featuring free entertainment and lots of things for kids to do. Get more information from “Farmers Markets around Reno and Sparks,” which also includes regional areas like Fernley, Fallon, north Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Dayton, etc.