Public swimming pools in Reno and Sparks become popular places when summer weather heats things up across the Truckee Meadows. We have a nice selection of places to cool off, play in the water, and even learn how to swim.

Washoe County is also in the game with the naturally heated pool at Bowers Mansion Regional Park in Washoe Valley and water play splash parks at Lazy 5 Regional Park and North Valleys Regional Park.

For free water play, try the Truckee River at Wingfield Park in Reno and Rock Park in Sparks. Both parks have whitewater features for kids and families to enjoy during visits to these parks. Get more information from “Public Swimming Pools and Water Play Places in Reno and Sparks.”

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There are a numerous 2019 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, rock climbing 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.

The Sugarloaf Peak Trail is not one of the more popular hikes in the Reno / Sparks area. You may have not even heard of it, but that doesn’t keep it from being a worthwhile (and uncrowded) walk.

This trail is somewhat obscure for a reason – it is located way out the Pyramid Highway, about 10 miles from the main part of Sparks. The trailhead is in one of the scattered subdivisions that have sprung up out there over the years. It is easy to find and has good parking. Read my “Hiking Sugarloaf Peak Trail” for information about reaching the trailhead and taking the hike.

Sugarloaf Peak Trail is open to hiking, mountain biking (as far as the gate at the base of the peak), equestrians, and dogs (on leash). Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

Spring is a good time to take a hike around the Reno area, assuming you can catch a nice weather day. That, of course, is subject to rapid change these days. 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…

There is a guided hiking series happening right now. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading “Discover Your Parks Walks” at a different park every week from April through September.

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.

Sugarloaf Peak trail, hiking, Sparks, Reno, Nevada, NV

Photo © Stan White