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Interesting Cities Less Traveled: Exploring Verdi, Nevada

Posted by on June 17, 2015
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Verdi is a great place to stay if you are interested in Nevada outdoor adventures as there are a wide variety of activities available. The beautiful Truckee River is only about 20 minutes away and it’s the perfect place for a float experience. You can buy a large inner tube at one of the stores in the area or rent one from the Truckee River Raft Company. Pack drinks, snacks or lunch, sunscreen and spend the day floating along, enjoying the emerald waters, tall grassy areas, and sandy beaches. Busses are provided to shuttle you back where you started.

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Photo by Jitka Siguenza via

Canoeing the Truckee River

For a more active adventure on the river, try canoeing the river. A guided trip will begin at Timber Cove, paddling along the north shore of Lake Tahoe as the Truckee River is the sole outlet for the Lake. Navigating the shallow sandbars at the entrance to the Upper Truckee, paddlers will head upstream to view a variety of birds and wildflowers as they head into the quiet and protected marshland. You should dress comfortably in active clothes, bring a waterproof camera, bottled water, and sunblock.

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Photo by Ryan Kirby via

Hiking to Mount Rose

When you are ready for an adventure that does not include water, try a hike to Mount Rose, the highest mountain in Washoe County located in the Mount Rose Wilderness of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The trail is an easy one with zero elevation and great views of Lake Tahoe. With a total of 4.5 miles and only a few switchbacks the final 1700 feet, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Wear hiking shoes and fitness clothes, and take long sunblock, snacks, and plenty of water.

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Photo by Chris Russell via

Mountain Biking

For those who want a more strenuous activity, try mountain-biking the Yogi trail just south of the Truckee River off highway 89. The area is rustic and the trails are not marked, so you might want to schedule a guided trip with a local bike shop like the Back Country store but be aware that this not an easy terrain, with table tops, gap jumps, logs, etc. so keep you speed in check. Be sure to take whatever gear you need for your bike, plenty of water, and some form of GPS, especially if you are by yourself.

Horseback Riding

If you want a ride through the country that is not quite so strenuous, try a horseback trail ride with Verdi Trails West. Wind through the beautiful and scenic foothills of the Sierrra Nevada Mountains on a fun adventure for ages seven and up.

Whatever adventure you choose, Verdi is a great place to enjoy the outdoors! When you plan your trip, arrange to stay at the centrally located Boomtown Hotel Casino.

I am a writer for Hipmunk and this is an article for the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project.

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