The Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge (TMTC) motivates you to get out and explore many of the hiking trails and public parks around the Reno area. At the same time, you will be supporting our parks through the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

TMTC is a self-guided program where you choose the trails you want to hike and one of five challenge levels ranging in difficulty. You can pick basic trails or go for it with up to 100 miles of trails. You consider your own interests and fitness level in making your selections. If you would like a little motivation, there are guided hikes available each month at different locations. Individuals, families, and groups can all take the challenge.

Hiking on the Tom Cooke Trail in west Reno, Nevada
Tom Cooke Trail in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

As you complete your hikes, enter them in your trail log book. You have a year from the time you sign up to finish your challenge. Once you have completed all of your trails, submit your log to TMTC and you will receive your “I Survived the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge” t-shirt.

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Bowers Mansion Regional Park will wrap up the 2018 tour season with a bang, including a live Civil War Reenactment. Visitors will be transported to the days of Nevada’s statehood and enjoy the exhibits, grounds and tours of the mansion. Events will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ongoing Civil War exhibits and demonstrations are free. Self-guided tours of the historic Bowers Mansion will be available for $7 adults, $5 children and seniors. Bowers Mansion Regional Park is at 4005 US Highway 395 North in Washoe Valley. For more information, call (775) 849-0201.

Labor Day presents numerous choices of things to do in the Reno / Tahoe area during this last long holiday weekend of summer. The biggest deal is the Nugget Rib Cook-Off right here in Sparks.

Other choices for Labor Day activities include beaches at Lake Tahoe, hiking, picnicking at area parks, cooling off at any of numerous local swimming pools and water play places, going to the movies, visiting museums, and more. There are Labor Day activities in Virginia City as well. Have fun and be safe while enjoying this traditional end-of-summer holiday.

If you are going to be playing outdoors, be aware that the fire danger is extremely high and there are lots of restrictions in force right now. Be extra careful with BBQs and any other fire you may use. If in doubt, do without. The forest you save may be the one you are standing in.