Nevada's natural beauty can be seen during any season, but autumn is a special time. It even doesn't require a long car ride to find the colors of fall. Some pretty spots are right in some of Reno's older neighborhoods.
The following suggestions for places to admire the colors were gleaned from Reno residents, photographers and tourism websites. It's not a complete list by any means. Enjoy the views.
Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 1595 N. Sierra St., has 13 acres of native and adaptive plants and trees.
Nixon Avenue. The street is in an older Reno neighborhood with mature landscaping (as in really tall trees).
Paradise Parks Ponds at Oddie Boulevard and El Rancho Drive.
Franktown Road in New Washoe City. The road is off Old Highway 395.
Bowers Mansion Regional Park, 4005 Highway 395 (between Reno and Carson City on Old Highway 395).
A bit of a drive
Clear Creek Road, south of Carson City off State Road 705. Sections of the road run alongside of Highway 50 through Clear Creek Canyon.
Six Mile Canyon Road toward Virginia City. It's also known as State Road 79. Access it off Highway 50 just past Dayton.
Slide Mountain entrance to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe on Mount Rose Highway. A stand of aspens make this a noteworthy spot.
Practically anywhere along the Truckee River. Seriously. Just pick a spot.
Dog Valley from Verdi to the Prosser Reservoir. Take Interstate 80 to the Verdi exit. Follow the road for about 2.6 miles to Bridge Street. Turn right on Bridge. As you pass over the second bridge crossing the river, you will see Dog Valley Road on your right. It eventually turns into Henness Pass Road.
If you would like a longer drive, keep on Henness Pass Road until you hit Stampede Dam Road (State Road 270) to the Stampede Reservoir. Stampede Road forks into Dog Valley Road, which continues to Prosser Creek Reservoir. There are more direct ways to the reservoirs, but remember you're going for the scenery.
Hope Valley. Take Highway 395 South to California 88, which is the Carson Pass Highway, to the area of Sorensen's Resort. There reportedly are impressive trees on both sides of the road between the California 89 junction and Sorensen's.
Even farther out
Water Canyon Recreational Area, which is about four miles from Winnemucca
Lamoille Canyon, which east of Elko and near the census-designated area of Lamoille.