You’ve made it to Reno. You have tickets to the opening weekend of the wildest richest rodeo in the west, the Reno Rodeo. AND your folks have volunteered to watch the little dickens. Sounds like you’re ready to let the tailgate down and blow off some steam. Well, you’re in luck there buckaroo, because this area is all about having a great time at the Reno Rodeo and all around town. Whether you’re here for a romantic weekend with your sweetheart or a few days away with your best buds, here is an itinerary filled with can’t-miss activities and rodeo highlights offering some true country fun.
Stayin’ means playin’
Reno is home to many gaming properties offering great deals on rooms and themed experiences to rodeo fans. Inside some properties, you’ll even find countrified bars, restaurants and clubs, like NoVi at the Eldorado Resort Casino. Downtown properties like the Eldorado, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Whitney Peak Hotel are options if you want to be in the middle of the action. Or, opt for the Nugget in Sparks and Reno properties the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino and Peppermill Resort Hotel.
Party it up on Saturday
Before heading to the rodeo, head to Reno’s Riverwalk District for the monthly Wine Walk. From 2 to 5 p.m. June 17, this is a great way to explore all things downtown, grab a bite to eat and enjoy some vino while you’re at it. Check out Pignic Pub and Patio or 1864 Tavern where you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time.
Or, head to Greater Nevada Field for Star Wars Night with the Reno Aces on June 17. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Aces coaches and players will wear Star Wars-themed jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game to benefit Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation. The 501st Legion & Rebels will make an appearance for autographs and pictures. For $23, get a right field reserved ticket and a Peter O'Brien Star Wars Jedi bobblehead; use promo code chewy.
Sunday is a day for dads
While the kiddos may be away, there’s still a lot to do to celebrate Father’s Day, rodeo style. Start with a drive to Incline Village in Lake Tahoe. Just passed Incline Village, you’ll pass the famed Ponderosa Ranch — while the theme park is closed now, you can still get a peek at the site the 1960s television western Bonanza was filmed.
About three miles past Incline Village you can get out on the water at Sand Harbor Nevada State Park. With 55 acres of sandy beaches, shady forest, rocky coves and beautiful lake views, this is the perfect place for a picnic and relaxation -- be sure to arrive early, the park opens at 8 a.m. but fills up quickly during summer weekends.
If you aim to get a bit more remote, head to David Walley’s Resort Hot Springs in Genoa for a cowboy bath in geothermally heated pools. Or, make the 45-minute trek to Virginia City where you’ll feel like you’re in your very own Western. Be sure to stop by the Bucket of Blood Saloon for a whiskey or a Sarsaparilla.
Fun on the rodeo grounds
Don’t forget about all the great attractions outside the Reno Rodeo arena. Enjoy the rides and games at the carnival. Grab a few souvenirs inside the Double R Marketplace. And get a great plate of barbecue from one of the many vendors in the food court and a cocktail in the Jack Daniel's tent.
No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, it is sure to be a hoot when you come for the wildest, richest rodeo in the west!