Located in the western part of Nevada, Reno is known for its hotels and casinos, as well as being the gateway to the Lake Tahoe area. The terrain and setting is unique, as Reno sits at 4,500 feet in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada range. For a relatively small city, there is an excellent variety of running in Reno, from long paved bike paths to loops through wetlands and some great intro trail running.
For some long off-road running, the two best bets are the 12-mile paved Truckee River Path, and the gravel Steamboat Ditch Trail. For lake loops, try Virginia Lake and the Sparks Marina. We also love some of the gentler trail running options at Ranhco San Rafael Park, Huffaker Park, and Damonte Ranch Park. For some hill work on untrafficked roads, head north of Reno to the Golden Valley area. Those who enjoy trail running have countless options in Reno and vicinity.
A few notes about running in Reno. At 4,500 feet, the altitude is a factor — use the right cautionary measures. In summer, it can be hot and the high desert terrain means most of the routes are very exposed. In winter, there can be rain and snow, affecting the surface of the off-road trails.See Also: Our Lake Tahoe Running Guide