When to Visit Reno

by SmarterTravel Staff

With diverse weather fitting a range of outdoor activities, the region that includes Reno and nearby Tahoe makes a popular year-round vacation destination. Most people visit in the summer and winter for special events and recreational activities such as golf and skiing.

The spring and fall tend to be "quieter" seasons for outdoor sports and special events, but lower prices and fewer crowds can make these periods ideal for visiting.

  • high season: mid-December to March, June to September
  • shoulder season: October to mid-December, April to May

Weather Information

The Reno-Tahoe area experiences four distinct seasons, with cooler weather in the higher mountain elevations and warmer temperatures in the valleys. The region sees more than 300 days of sunshine each year, but temperatures can fluctuate greatly within a 24-hour period. Summers can be hot, with average temperatures reaching a high of 91 degrees in July. The weather cools down in the fall, with average highs of 70 degrees in October, and continues to drop in winter to a high of 45 degrees in January. The spring brings average highs of 64 degrees in April.

Crowd Information

The high seasons tend to be the busiest times to visit, while fewer people travel in the shoulder seasons. Midweek visits are also less crowded than the weekends. Some popular events that also attract large crowds include the Reno River Festival in May, the Reno Rodeo and the Tour de Nez in June, the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open in August, and the Great Reno Balloon Race in September.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round, but some ski resorts may close for the summer. Ski trails are also seasonal, and shut down when the snow melts.

When to Save

Midweek is the least expensive time to visit, especially in the shoulder seasons. Weekends and the high season tend to be more expensive because of an increase in demand for rooms, but hotel packages are available year-round.

Information provided by the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.

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