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4 Sweet Spots for Snow Park Fun Near Reno

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Winter in Reno brings new ways to play, and if you’re looking forward to some fun in the snow, UNCOMMON Reno has you covered. Check out our top four snow parks near Reno, Nevada, and find the perfect spot to build a snowman, make snow angels, or reenact the snowball scene from Elf. There’s snow place like home!

Tahoe Meadows

Ask around town, and you’ll find the most popular spot for snow play is Tahoe Meadows, or just “The Meadows” to locals. Situated along the Mt. Rose Highway, just past the summit of Mt. Rose, this portion of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest offers something for everyone. Bring along your sleds and snow tubes, take time to explore the trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis, and ride your way through this winter wonderland on your snowmobile. The highway remains open through the winter, with the shoulder plowed for parking, and it’s all free to enjoy.

Donner Summit Sno-Park

For more memorable snow romps, head across the state border into California and make a stop at Donner Summit Sno-Park. On the north side of I-80, clip into your cross-country skis and explore the beautiful area around Donner Lake. You’ll also find plenty of space to run with the pups or build a share-worthy snowman. Parking here requires a SNO-PARK permit, but the good news is buying one pass gets you access to all the snow parks in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Galena Creek Recreation Area

Looking for something a little closer to home? Head up Mt. Rose Highway from Reno and spend a day at Galena Creek Recreation Area, a pleasant spot for snow play less than 20 miles from UNCOMMON Reno. Open year-round, the recreation area charges no parking or entrance fees, so you can come as often as you like. The trails for hiking in warm-weather months make for lovely, scenic snowshoe paths in the winter.

North Tahoe Regional Park

There’s plenty to love about living in Reno, but our proximity to Lake Tahoe has to be high on any list. A destination in the summer, winter, and every day in between, Lake Tahoe has it all. If you’re looking to enjoy some snow time near the lake, check out North Tahoe Regional Park. Located about an hour’s drive from Reno, this gorgeous park is more than worth the drive and the $5 parking fee. Enjoy some cross-country skiing on groomed track, romp through the woods on your snowshoes, or pick up some serious speed on your sled. With stunning views of Lake Tahoe in the background, you’ll savor every bit of your snow time here. 

Looking for more things to do in Reno? Take a look at our UNCOMMON Reno Neighborhood page and visit our blog to read about more of our favorites in the area.

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