Economic Development

Western Nevada Quality of Life


Monthly Temperature (F)
2012 2013 2014 Mean
January 38.9 30.2 39.4 36.2
February 39.3 38.4 44.6 40.8
March 45.7 49.4 48.3 47.8
April 53.5 54.0 54.3 53.9
May 61.5 61.1 62.0 61.5
June 68.9 71.8 71.5 70.7
July 77.7 80.2 80.5 79.5
August 79.0 74.3 73.9 75.7
September 70.7 66.6 68.9 68.8
October 58.0 51.3 58.4 55.9
November 45.7 44.2 45.8 45.2
December 36.4 28.7   32.6
Annual 56.3 54.2 58.9 56.4
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Mean
July 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
August 0.0 0.0    
September 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
October 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
November   0.8 0.4 0.4
December 0.0 7.2 4.3 3.8
January 0.6 1.3 0.4 0.8
February 6.7   1.1 2.6
March 0.7 0.1   0.3
May 0.2 0.0   0.1
June 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Season 8.2 9.4 6.2 7.9
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2012 2013 2014 Mean
January 1.54 0.12 0.38 0.68
February 0.60   0.69 0.43
March 0.11 0.29 0.08 0.16
April 0.07 0.23 0.31 0.20
May 0.30 0.67 0.54 0.50
June   0.16   0.05
July 0.02 0.49 0.20 0.24
August 0.01 1.08 1.08 0.72
September 0.08 0.02 0.29 0.13
October 0.08 0.06 0.18 0.11
November 0.85 0.49 0.31 0.55
December 2.11 0.41   1.26
Annual 5.77 4.02   4.89

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Reno Tahoe International Airport

Wind Speed & Direction
Location Prevailing Wind Direction Wind Speed*
Reno Tahoe International Airport W 6.1

Source: Western Regional Climate Center Wind Speed, Wind Direction, *mph, annual average

Location AM PM
Reno 71 32

Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Sunny or Partly Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days Partly Sunny Days Sunshine Yearly
Reno 158 93 79%

Source: Current Results Research News & Science Facts

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County Rate (%)
Carson City 7.475
Churchill County 7.600
Douglas County 7.100
Lyon County 7.100
Mineral County 6.850
Storey County 7.600
Washoe County 7.725

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

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Northern Nevada Medical Center

Northern Nevada Medical Center (NNMC) provides state-of-the-art medical services in a comfortable, accessible suburban setting. NNMC is the only local hospital with all-private rooms, and that means peace of mind for the thousands of patients served by the hospital each year.  Feturing the most up-to-date technology, NNMC is also known for the old-fashioned personal touch that is so important to patient comfort and healing.

Quality Counts.  NNMC is the only local hospital with certifications from The Join Commission in knee replacement, hip replacement and spin surgery.  NNMC is also certified as a Primary Stroke Center as well as an Accredited Chest Pain Center and is the only hospital in Nevada to hold all five of these distinctions.

Exceptional People. Exceptional Quality.  Experience the Difference.

Renown Health

Renown Health is northern Nevada’s largest integrated health network and a nationally recognized healthcare leader. Based in Reno, Renown serves a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California.

Renown offers access to more healthcare services than all other providers in the region. This includes four hospitals plus northern Nevada’s only NACHRI-affiliated Children’s Hospital and Children’s ER. Renown Regional is the region’s only accredited Trauma Center to treat seriously injured patients. Additionally, recognized areas of excellence include Institutes specializing in heart, cancer, robotics and neurosciences. This Top 100 integrated health network offers physician access at 16 convenient medical group locations and eight urgent care centers, and the region’s most trusted insurance provider, Hometown Health.

Saint Mary's Healthfirst
Saint Mary's is an integrated health network based in Reno, Nevada and comprised of regional medical center, wholly-owned HMO, PPO, TPA and MCO philanthropic foundation, joint venture outpatient surgery center. Saint Mary's Health Network has been named for the second year in a row to the list of the top 100 healthcare systems in the nation, published in Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Carson-Tahoe Hospital
Carson-Tahoe Hospital is a public not-for-profit community hospital that began serving the Carson City health care needs in 1949. The hospital includes Behavioral Health Services, an inpatient Psychiatric and Addictive Disorder Center, Carson Rehabilitation Center and a satellite facility in Douglas County; the Minden Medical Center. The hospital is located at 775 Fleischmann Way in Carson City and has 128 beds with an active medical staff of more than 120 physicians. Carson-Tahoe Hospital has recently completed major renovations to its obstetrics and pediatric wing along with the surgery unit. Other services offered by Carson-Tahoe Hospital include nutrition counseling, CPR and Wellness Programs, home health and hospice services, rehabilitation and physical therapy, a cardiac catherization center, an ambulatory infusion center, oncology, and a 24-hour emergency service. The hospital's main phone number is 775.882.1361.

Carson-Tahoe Hospital's Behavioral Health Services
Carson-Tahoe Hospital's Behavioral Health Services has 28 beds dedicated to psychological and emotional distress and addictive disorders. The main center for Behavioral Health Services is located at the intersection of William and Minnesota streets. Other outpatient locations are at 1177 N. Division St. and 1276 Pit Road in Gardnerville. The Behavioral Health Service Center's phone number is 885-4460, with a 24-hour hot line number of 800-263-7671. The Carson Rehabilitation Center, located at 900 E. Long St., is adjacent to the Senior Citizens Center in Carson City. It has 30 beds available for physical, occupational and speech therapy for inpatient and outpatient care. The Carson Rehabilitation Center's phone number is 775.881.7000.

Sierra Family Health Center
Sierra Family Health Center offers urgent as well as family care. The five-provider clinic is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The clinic accepts most insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare, and offers a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. It is operated by Nevada Rural Health Centers Inc. which also runs six other federally and locally funded rural clinics throughout the state. Appointments are requested for family care. The center's phone number is 775.887.5140

Mount Grant General Hospital
There are four licensed agencies that comprise the medical care within the hospital complex: 1) the acute hospital, 2) the skilled nursing facility, 3) the home health agency, and 4) the adult day care center.

South Lyon Medical Center
Located in Yerington, the South Lyon Medical Center offers 24 hour emergency care with a skilled nursing facility, specialty consultant physicians and hospital services. A newly opened 59 bed long-term care facility is available. The non-profit corporation has been serving its community for over 40 years and is at the point where its walk-in services rival the largest hospitals.

Minden Medical Center
Designed to house a wide range of medial specialties, the Center brought together many of the area's most respected physicians to provide a host of new services to Douglas County in one convenient location. Equipped with the latest technology, the Center is hardly a typical rural operation. In addition to urgent care services, it also provides physicians who are trained in diverse fields - all located at the Center - for the convenience of the residents of the Carson Valley.

Barton HealthCare System
With 40 years of growth and development, Barton Memorial Hospital has seen many changes. We have opened and closed urgent care clinics, expanded into the Carson Valley and ski resorts, opened a Community Clinic and Skilled Nursing Facility and created family and primary care physician groups. Barton Memorial Hospital is now one component of the larger Barton HealthCare System. The Barton HealthCare System is continuously expanding services, purchasing new equipment and providing the community with the best in medical care. The name is reflective of the growth and the expansion of services to include much more than the hospital.

Carson Valley Medical Center
Carson Valley Medical Center's active medical staff includes specialists in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Radiology and Pediatrics. In addition, our medical staff physicians are also supported by a full complement of consultants, including cardiology, ear nose and throat specialists, neurology, pulmonology, podiatry and oncology. Many surgical specialists are on the staff of our Ambulatory Surgery Center. Finally, as most of you already know, CVMC provides 24-hour emergency care service with helicopter transfer as needed by CareFlight.


Churchill Community Hospital
This 40-bed facility provides emergency rooms, designated trauma center, surgery, maternity and intensive care services, as well as full service out patient diagnostics. The hospital also offers regular clinics in cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, ophthalmology and urology.

Washoe Tribal Health Clinic
The Washoe Tribal Health Clinic in Gardnerville is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is a family practice clinic for Native American patients. The two-doctor clinic has visiting specialists, audiologists and a dentist, but offers no urgent care. Appointments are necessary.

Nevada Physician Directory
With the help of the Physician Directory, you can make an informed choice of your doctor in the comfort of your own home, without searching through endless information. This site will help you locate, get acquainted with, and choose a new medical service provider in your area. The Physician Directory listings include all types of physicians for all of your medical needs. some listed areas follows, Naturopaths, Osteopath, Oncology, Dermatology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Oncology, Cancer Specialists, Gynecology, Urology, and more.

Emergency Services
Western Nevada has a variety of emergency services including Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments, REMSA Ambulances, Care Flight, and Medic Air.

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University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
U.S. News & World Report ranked UNR as one of America's best colleges and the Carnegie Foundation ranks UNR in the highest research category with institutions like Stanford, Harvard, Cal-Berkley, and UCLA. UNR provides a variety of programs including 70 bachelor's degrees, 70 master's programs, and 30 doctoral specialties. The colleges include: Engineering, Business Administration, Logistics and School of Medicine. UNR's Business Logistics Program is considered by the countries largest firms to be one of the top 10 in the United States. They also have a fully accredited MBA program. Supported research funding has more than tripled in the past 10 years to $87 million, which translates to a yearly economic impact in Nevada of nearly $200 million. Researchers at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, with a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, are finding innovative ways to fight cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC)
TMCC serves over 11,000 students with programs leading to associate degrees and certificates in more than 40 academic and occupational areas. Offering academic and university transfer, occupational training, career enhancement workshops and classes just for fun, TMCC is the fastest growing college in northern Nevada.

Associate of Arts Degree | Logistics Management Emphasis
Introduces students to the tools and basic knowledge set of the logistics industry and discipline.

Bachelor of Applied Science | Logistics Operations Management
An applied four-year degree which provides students with the technical expertise and knowledge needed to meet the northern Nevada operations and logistics industry technical workforce needs.

Western Nevada College
Western Nevada College is a comprehensive community college which serves more than 6,000 students each semester within an 18,000-square-mile service area. One of four community colleges within the University and Community College System of Nevada, it is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities.

The college offers some 50 academic degrees and certificates in areas as diverse as engineering and construction technology, nursing, musical theatre, golf facilities management, geographic information systems, criminal justice and graphic design. Students may also complete up to two years of many baccalaureate degree programs, such as teacher preparation, for transfer to a university.

In response to industry needs, the college designs specialized training programs in machine tool, drafting, electronics, computing and other occupational areas. Customization often includes providing specialized instruction at the times and locations most convenient to employers, including on-site programs. Recent training programs conducted for area businesses have included welding certification, math, English, supervisory training, and computer applications.

Career College of Northern Nevada
Career College of Northern Nevada provides high quality education to students with varying levels of academic abilities. The college is committed to providing its students with the skills and technical knowledge needed for initial employment in entry level positions of business and industry. Recognizing that many graduates will want to advance to management and executive positions, the college offers its students not only the specific skills needed for immediate employment but also the opportunity to develop self-confidence, leadership abilities and a sense of responsibility. The students maximize their potential to obtain a good job, stable life, and respect.

Morrison University
Morrison University is an independent educational institution, dedicated to providing higher education opportunities leading to diplomas and associate degrees as well as Bachelor of Science degrees. Diploma and Associate degree programs are designed to meet the needs of students in developing marketable skills which enable them to establish careers in business, professional, and technical fields. The Bachelor of Science degree allows students to continue their education in business and management in order to fulfill their academic and professional aspirations and potential. The University recognizes that education is a lifelong endeavor, which enriches the quality of life as well as individual professional achievement.

University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus
The University of Phoenix is a private, for-profit higher education institution whose mission is to provide high quality education to working adult students. The University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus offers degree and certificate programs in Administration, Business, Counseling, Education, Human Services, Management, Nursing/Healthcare, and Technology. Courses are scheduled to meet the needs of working students.

Truckee Meadows Community College High School
This school is a collaborative effort of the Washoe County School District and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) and is located at the TMCC campus. The high school and college atmosphere gives students the opportunity to achieve academically and accept responsibility in a safe and comfortable environment. Students are required to take up to three high school classes and may take up to three college courses.

Glenn Hare Occupational Center
This center provides alternative classes to high school students including electronics, computer aided design, business systems, advanced child development, printing and graphics, precision machining, horticulture and landscaping, building trades, fashion merchandising and culinary arts.

Regional Technical Institute
The Regional Technical Institute (RTI) is the premier high school in the Washoe County School District (WCSD) for advanced Career and Technical Education programs. Eighteen advanced programs are housed at one of othe four RTI locations. Students attend part of the day at their regular high school campus and part of the date at RTI. Programs at RTI are open to all WCSD students who are interested in receiving hands-on training and realistic experiences in the careers of tomorrow. RTI will prepare them for their future - whether they plan to further their education or pursue a career.

Lake Tahoe Community College
Located in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., offers the first two years of a four-year degree, 38 different associate's degrees and 20 certificates. LTCC is one of 109 community colleges in the state of California. Students at LTCC enjoy small class sizes averaging 15 students per class and quality one-on-one instruction. The college offers a good neighbor policy for Nevada residents and tuition is only $28 a unit.

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Reno Philharmonic
The Reno Philharmonic's mission is to produce inspirational orchestral performances of the highest quality for broad audiences, support exceptional educational and outreach programs, and provide leadership in the performing arts community.  The Reno Philharmonic offers diverse and comprehensive programming to the northern Nevada region through various entertainment and education opportunities.  During each season, the professional orchestra, you orchestras and all ensembles will perform approximately 60 concerts for over 70,000 people.  The Philharmonic and its education programs serve a diverse audience including minority populations and the disabled.  More than half of those served are children.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery)
The Discovery is dedicated to providing innovative, interactive, trans-disciplinary exhibits and leading-edge programming in a safe, nurturing and playful environment.  The 67,000 square foot children's discovery museum, located in downtown Reno, opened in September 2011.  The museum features eight permanent but ever-changing galleries and regularly hosts field trips, birthday parties, camps and family programming. 

Reno Chamber Orchestra
Provides various classical performances throughout the year at the Nightingale Concert Hall, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Fleischmann Planetarium
Located at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Planetarium offers public starshows, school starshows by appointment, and public sky-viewing with our 12-inch telescope.

Nevada Opera
Nevada Opera is a non-profit organization which makes it their mission to impact the community with a variety of cultural programs and events. Their performances are designed to thrill you with nothing but the best musical fireworks.

William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum
It's like driving a century in just two hours. The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) lets you travel through time like few other places can. Just two blocks from the streets of downtown Reno, you'll walk down streets of the past. Its cars, sights, sounds, and places are yours to explore. Beyond the streets, you'll discover a century of automobiles: more than 220 antique, vintage, classic, special interest and one-of-a-kind wonders. You'll be dazzled by the cars of the stars. And the road doesn't end there. Find new discoveries in the Changing Exhibits Gallery and Masterpiece Circle. Chat with mechanics in the Automotive Shop. Shop in the unique Museum Store. Visit today and discover the cars you remember, in a way you'll never forget.

Nevada Museum of Art
The Nevada Museum of Art provides a forum for the presentation of creative ideas. We aspire to serve as a cultural resource for every member of the community. Through innovative programming and scholarship, the Museum provides the opportunity for people of all ages to encounter, engage, and enjoy a diversity of art experiences.

Reno Open Studios
Reno Open Studios is Northwestern Nevada’s window into the creative worlds of a plethora of incredibly talented visual artists. It is a unique opportunity to visit the artist’s studios and see them work. You’ll learn what inspires them, witness their techniques, and be stimulated by their passion for the creative process.

Sparks Heritage Foundation and Museum
Located in Sparks, this museum houses early Sparks historical memorabilia.

Carson City
Nevada's capital city, located 30 miles south of Reno, is not only the center of state government but also one of the state's most historic communities. Wander the Kit Carson Trail, a self-guided tour of historic 19th century homes and buildings, or explore one of the city's museums. Tour the State Capitol, built in 1870, then dine at one of the city's many fine restaurants.

Donner Lake
Located 34 miles west of Reno/Sparks, this beautiful mountain lake is ideal for picnics, camping, fishing, sailing, and water skiing.

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the world's clearest, deepest mountain lakes and a year-round playground for thrill seekers. In winter, enjoy world-class alpine and cross-country skiing at any of nearly two dozen ski resorts. In the warmer months, hit the lake's legendary waters via ski, personal water craft, kayak, sailboat or motorboat.

Tahoe Rim Trail
As of fall 2001, Lake Tahoe has one more attraction to offer visitors and residents: easy access to beautiful panoramic views, old-growth trees, majestic granite peaks, crystalline lakes, lush meadows and wildflowers that bring a spectrum of color to the region.

National Bowling Stadium
Built in 1995 and located in downtown Reno, this facility has been called the "Taj Mahal of Tenpins," by the Los Angeles Times and "Pin Palace" by USA Today. Features include 80 championship lanes, a video wall, an IMAX large-format theater, and the world's longest screen scoring display.

Pyramid Lake
This starkly beautiful, 27 mile long desert lake is located 34 miles north of Reno/Sparks. Pyramid's jagged rocks and tufa formations envelop chameleon-like waters that change with the seasons. The last remnant of a prehistoric sea, Pyramid Lake is today regarded as one of the best trophy lakes in the world for the great Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Sparks Marina Park
Located in Sparks north of Interstate 80, this is an 80-acre lake with fishing, swimming, boating, and beaches.

Virginia City
Located 30 miles southeast of Reno/Sparks, Virginia City is the famed site of the Comstock Lode, the world's most spectacular gold and silver discovery. Visitors can tour the mansions of 19th century millionaires, go underground into actual gold and silver mines, and enjoy a variety of events including the annual international camel races.

Wild Island
Located in Sparks, this water-fun resort features water slides, a wave pool, and a children's pool. It also includes a 36-hole miniature golf course, go-cart raceway cars, and a game center.

The Washoe County area is one of the state's most popular golf vacation destinations, boasting more than 50 championship golf courses within 90 minutes of Reno - in Carson City, Genoa, Dayton Valley, Sparks, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.

Washoe County Trail Guide

Piper's Opera House
Built in 1885 and still in use, Piper's Opera House is one of the most significant vintage theaters on the West Coast.

Fourth Ward School Cultural Center
Built in 1876, the school houses permanent and changing exhibits featuring the history and culture of the Comstock.

Virginia City Historic Walking Tours
Historic walking tour of Virginia, catered lunches in Victorian settings offered.

Virginia & Truckee (V&T) Railroad
35-minute train ride through the heart of the historic Comstock mining region.

Wild West Museum
Antique guns, animal mounts, Native American, John Wayne, and cavalry displays.

Storey County Courthouse
The Storey County Courthouse is the state's oldest continuously operating courthouse.

Nevada Gambling Museum
The Nevada Gambling Museum features more than half-a-million dollars worth of gaming memorabilia, including over 100 antique slot machines, cheating devices, and gamblers' weapons.

Way It Was Museum
This museum displays the most complete collection of Comstock mining artifacts in the world plus rare photos, lithographs and maps of the "Bonanza" period.

Comstock Firemen's Museum
19th-century firefighting equipment.

Territorial Enterprise
Built in 1876, it was the site for the first steam-press in Nevada. Famous American writers, one of which being Mark Twain, began their careers here.

Mackay Mansion Museum
Built in 1860 as the headquarters of John Mackay, King of the Comstock, it includes mining artifacts, original furnishings and Tiffany silver.

Mineral County Museum
The Mineral County Museum is one of the best museums in Nevada. It is a non-profit facility owned by Mineral County, Nevada and dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the past.

Lyon County Historical Society & Museum
Originally constructed in teh town of Mason, the old church building now exhibits room settings with a turn of the century kitchen, child's bedroom, sheriff's office, and the Anaconda Copper room. Several out buildings include the General Store, natural history display, blacksmith shop, and a one room school house.

Yerington Theatre for the Arts (YTA)

Yerington Theatre for the Arts (YTA) is a non-profit organization operating in Yerington, Nevada whose mission is to enrich the quality of life in our community through the arts. We operate the Jeanne Dini Center and present performing arts, visual art exhibitions, art education programs, and cultural heritage events.

Dayton Valley Country Club
An 18 hole Arnold Palmer designed course in the Sierra foothills. Opened in 1991 and already ranks sixth on Golf Today's list of Top 20 daily fee courses for Northern California and Nevada. Dayton Valley presents a challenging and enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities.

Desert Lakes Golf Course
18 holes of first-class golf, with names like "The Hangin' Tree", and "The Smokin' Gun."

Lake Lahontan State Park
Boating, jet skiing, water skiing, fishing for white bass, walleye and catfish, camping and picnicing abound at this versatile recreation area.

Dayton State Park & Carson River
Picnicing, hiking, and wildlife viewing in and around Nevada's first settlement.

Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area
Home to trout & bass fishing, as well as duck, goose and deer hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities in the heart of beautiful Mason Valley. The Nevada Dept. of Wildlife operates a fish hatchery here where fish are raised to stock waters all over the state. Tours are available.

The Reno-Fernley Raceway
A 500 acre facility in Fernley Nevada, designed specifically for family recreation and participation in motor sport activities of many venues.

Walker River, East & West Forks
Trout fishing and wildlife viewing in some of the most scenic areas of the state, including Wilson Canyon with its majestic rock walls & quiet fishing holes.

Wilson Canyon
Located between Yerington and Smith Valley, visitors are able to hike through a canyon cut by the West Walker River over millions of years. You can walk along the banks of the river for an afternoon of exercise wildlife viewing and relaxation. Discover an area rich in archeological finds and a rock hounders delight.

Carson Valley Golf Course
Located on the Carson River at the south end of Gardnerville, this 18 hole course winds through the tall cottonwood trees planted by settlers more than a century ago.

Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
The museum is open year round and includes exhibits of an old printing press, an early telephone display, various valley history exhibits, and displays of approximately 24 member artists.

Lahontan National Fish Hatchery
This hatchery raises the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout using a unique water recirculation system.

Sharkey's Memorabilia Collection
Sharkey Begovich's collection of Western art, boxing memorabilia, circus items, and an extensive saddle collection.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
This forest consists of 150 acres of trees considered to be among the oldest living things on earth. One stand includes pines approaching 4,000 years old. An interpretive trail through the forest branches off the scenic area's main loop trail. Another spur off the main loop climbs to the summit of Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak in Nevada.

Genoa Courthouse Museum
The Genoa Courthouse Museum was built as the courthouse for the county seat of Douglas County in 1865. Douglas is one of ten original counties in the Territory of Nevada, and Genoa was the only town among a few small villages or settlements. A grand opening was held in 1978, and the museum is operated from May to October. Exhibits include the old courtroom, a county office, the blacksmith shop and jail, Washoe Indian life and artifacts, schoolroom, school kitchen and a room dedicated to John "Snowshoe" Thompson, "Mailman of the Sierra".

Golf Club at Genoa Lakes
Located at the foot of the Sierra, just east of Lake Tahoe, this recently renovated, semi-private course blends spectacular scenery and a championship layout with private-club amenities and services. No wonder it's consistently rated among the best in Nevada. Also, rated "Best in Reno Area" by 2002 Golf Digest, "Places to Play."

Great Basin National Park
Established in 1986, Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada is a tribute to the unique Great Basin region in the western United States. From the sagebrush at its alluvial base to the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park includes streams, lakes, alpine plants, abundant wildlife, a variety of forest types including groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and numerous limestone caverns, including beautiful Lehman Caves.

Lehman Caves
Lehman Caves is one of the best places to see rare shield formations. Over 300 shields are known in Lehman Caves, more than any other cave. All of the cave is profusely decorated; stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and other formations cover almost every surface of the cave. Information about past surface climates are preserved in the layers of cave formations, while much can be learned about natural history from the "treasures" in old pack rat middens. Thus the cave has great potential for researchers to study both past climate change and the effects of climate change on plant and animal communities. Water, geologic forces, and climatic changes combined to form Lehman Caves over a period of thousands to millions of years. Some cave formations are still actively forming today, others may restart in the future.

Mormon Station State Historic Park
Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement. A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group facilities are available. The park is open May through October.

Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch
Built in the Sierra foothills with a panoramic view of the Carson Valley and forested mountains. Scenic site is a former cattle ranch north of Genoa. In first six months of operation, golfers made six holes-in-one on No. 7. Architects: John Harbottle with Johnny Miller.

Walley's Hot Springs
This 1862 resort is nestled at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains overlooking the Carson Valley. Walley's features six hot mineral spring spas, a fresh water swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, tennis courts and historic cottage accommodations.

Heavenly Ski Resort
Head to the top of the Heavenly gondola and explore the mountain from our designated hiking trails. From towering pines to granite boulders to blooming wildflowers, our high-altitude hiking trails offer a unique outdoor experience. After working up an appetite, grab a bite to eat at the Adventure Peak Grill located at the top of the gondola.

Edgewood Tahoe
Set along the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe is in arguably one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. Designed by George Fazio and opening in 1968, Edgewood is rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of "America's Top Golf Courses". A challenging but fair test of golf for all ability levels, a choice of four sets of tees gives all golfers a course suitable to their game, playing from 5567 yards to a demanding 7445 yard test of golf.

Bike the West
Bike the West is an entity which organizes fully supported group bicycle tours such as Night Rides, Fun Rides, Challenging Centuries, Multi-Day Rides. Events have included rides around Lake Tahoe, the Comstock Sierra Historical Tour, the "OATBRAN -One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada", and an urban ride through Las Vegas.

Lake Tahoe Cruises
Lake Tahoe Cruises offers some of the most spectacular ways to experience one of the West Coast's favorite destinations. Our cruises, charters and shuttles add the perfect touch to any Lake Tahoe occasion.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Diamond Peak Ski Resort features spectacular alpine and cross country skiing with incomparable views of Lake Tahoe, value priced programs and endless fun for the whole family.

Tahoe Sport Fishing
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience on America's premier alpine lake. The captains are experienced in trolling, drifting and jigging and they're here year-round to guide you to the lake's hot spots. Depending on the season, you can expect to catch Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee Salmon.

Model Airplane Complex
Just behind the Douglas County Animal Shelter, this 2-acre site has a 60x400 asphalt runway with taxiways for the sport of model airplane flying.

Douglas County Shooting Facility
Shooting areas contain shaded bench rests on concrete pads. The earthen berm for the pistol range is at 50 yards, while those for the rifle range are at 100, 200, and 300 yards.

Carson Valley Skate Facility
This state-of-the-art facility boasts over 30,000 square feet of rails, roll-ins, 6' drop-ins, fun boxes, and an hour glass shaped bowl for the ultimate skating experience.

Round Hill Bike Path
This bike path is 3.6 miles offering breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe from several vantage points.

Churchill County Museum
The Churchill County Museum and Archives opened its doors on July 4, 1968. Since that time, visitors have marveled at the generous contributions from area residents that comprise the displays, filling almost 10,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Museum's Annex building, opened in 1989, adds another 4,000 square feet. This museum has exhibits on local Native American tribes, the Emigrant Trail, the Pony Express, and early Churchill County.

Oats Park Art Center
The Oats Park Art Center is an Official Project of Save America's Treasures, a public-private partnership of the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to the preservation of our nation's irreplaceable historic and cultural treasures for future generations.

Fallon Naval Air Station
The Fallon Naval Air Station is the location of the Navy's "Top Gun" pilot training school.

Hidden Cave
Located 15 miles east of Fallon, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts in this site, including nets, that help us understand the region's earliest residents.

Grimes Point
Located 15 miles east of Fallon, this is an interpretive trail that wanders through rocks covered with petroglyphs (ancient Indian carvings).

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
The wetlands provide a temporary home to hundreds of species of migratory birds.

Fallon Golf Course
The Fallon Golf Course has 9 holes, 3,152 yards.

Lahontan State Recreation Area
Camping, picnic area, restrooms, drinking water, fishing, boat launching.

Belmont Courthouse State Historic Site
Built in 1876, the Belmont Courthouse was the seat of Nye County Government until 1905. The building is partially restored and offers a glimpse into Nevada's colorful past.

Top Gun Speedway
The Top Gun Raceway offers drag racing excitement and produces premier motorsport events from March to November on a 1/4 mile track.

Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
Annual Shooting Weekend February
Snowfest Winter Carnival, North Tahoe/Truckee March
Reno International Jazz Festival April
Dayton Valley Days April & September
Festival Nevada/Cinco De Mayo May
Reno West Coast Wine Competition May
Comstock Historic Preservation Weekend May
Armed Forces Week Celebration May
Spring Fling Classic Car Show May-June
Sparks Hometown Farmers Market June - August
Annual West Coast Wine Tasting June
Celebrate the River June
Concerts in the Park June
The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Stakes June
Reno Rodeo June
Valhalla Renaissance Festival - South Lake Tahoe June
Coyote Chase June
Carson Valley Days June
Spring Arts & Crafts Street Fair June
Fourth of July July
ArTown July
Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship - South Lake Tahoe July
Tahoe Mountain Musicals July
Truckee Tahoe's Annual Air Show July
Back Alley Fights July
Lyon County Fair & Rodeo August
Spirit of Wovoka Powwow August
Reno-Tahoe Open PGA Golf Tournament August
Hot August Nights August
Basque Festival August
Nevada State Fair August
Shakespeare at Sand Harbor - Incline Village August
Santa Maria Days August
Fernley Frontier Days August
Virginia City International Camel Races September
Street Vibrations September
Best-in-the-West Nugget Rib Cook-Off September
Comstock Arabian Horse Show September
Great Reno Balloon Race September
National Championship Air Races September
Reno Grand Prix September
West Coast Equine Foundation Spectacular September
Virginia City Camel Races September
Great Italian Festival October
Smith Fun Days October
Silver Springs Stew-Do October
Main Street Chili Cook-Off October
Nevada Day Celebration October
Celtic New Year November
National Senior Pro Rodeo Finals November
Rhymers Rodeer November
Reno River Holiday December
Christmas Parade of Lights December
Parade of Lights December
Fallon Air Show
Hearts of Gold Festival
Motorcycle Race
Silver State International Rodeo
Motor Sports Safety
Top Gun Drag Racing
Spring Wings Festival

Return to TopCost of Living

City Composite Grocery
Housing Utilities Transportation Health
Misc. Goods
& Services
Phoenix, AZ 98.6 94.6 98.6 95.2 102.1 95.3 100.5
Oakland, CA 152.4 134.5 237.9 107.4 125.7 114.7 114.9
Denver, CO 112.6 110.4 134.3 94.7 104.1 107.8 104.2
Boise, ID 92.0 86.3 83.2 84.1 119.0 101.6 93.9
Bozeman, MT 100.8 101.3 106.6 84.8 109.9 105.6 96.9
Albuquerque, NM 94.3 93.4 95.3 86.2 94.2 98.5 95.8
Las Vegas, NV 101.3 101.6 107.4 86.6 107.3 101.4 98.4
Reno-Sparks, NV 105.3 108.6 99.1 89.9 111.9 105.2 111.9
Portland, OR 128.2 117.2 175.1 80.9 109.0 108.3 116.6
Austin, TX 96.3 86.6 94.0 101.3 99.8 100.5 98.9
Salt Lake City, UT 93.1 93.9 90.5 8.5 108.6 92.3 94.3
Seattle, WA 143.1 122.3 179.0 126.5 131.0 126.3 132.4
Laramie, WY 91.8 98.2 85.2 98.4 99.5 99.5 89.2

Source: American Chamber of Commerce Association (ACCRA), Third Quarter 2016

Return to TopPublic Safety

Population Western Nevada
Crime Rate
Western States
Crime Rate*
Crime Rate
2013 620,784 21.42 N/A N/A
2012 621,047 24.19 33.41 32.65
2011 618,773 20.08 33.52 33.11
2010 618,773 18.87 33.06 33.66
2009 608,337 20.69 34.07 34.86

Source: State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety. Crime rate based on the occurrence of an index offense per 1,000 residents of the area. *Western States consist of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.