These warm-to-cold Reno/Tahoe outdoor adventures are fun no matter the season

By Natasha Bourlin
Reno/Tahoe outdoor adventures
Zephyr Cove Scenery

Reno/Tahoe outdoor adventures are around every corner in the High Sierra. When the weather turns from warm to cold, often in the same day (sigh), it can’t stop you from exploring the great outdoors, no matter the month.

When the weather turns from warm to cold, often in the same day (sigh), it can’t stop you from exploring the great outdoors, no matter the month.

Layer up and get your blood pumping, face smiling, and a hefty dose of mother nature with these outdoor experiences available well into winter.

Fresh air and fun bikes

Feel the wind on your face and let what hair hangs from under a helmet (safety first!) fly freely in the wind while riding one of Rolling Freedom Motorcycles’ exhilarating rental machines.

From Harleys to Indians, Ducatis to the fun and funky three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot, Rolling Freedom rents rides year-round that will get you awe-inspiringly close to your surroundings.

Book one of their sunset excursions, like the Sunset Tahoe E-Bike Ride, featuring an electrically powered two-wheeled contraption that doesn’t even require a motorcycle license to mount.

Originating at Stateline, their team will take guests on an eight-to-10-mile jaunt through some of South Lake’s most extraordinary scenery at sunset and document the entire experience digitally to relive it later.

Slingshots — you know, those odd-yet-cool looking, low-slung, three-wheeled vehicles you can’t help but stare at going by? — also don’t need a motorcycle endorsement to take out. Rolling Freedom Motorcycles offers a sunset ride ‘round Tahoe in one of these bad boys with optional mounted Go-Pro to capture the journey.

MS Dixie II at Zephyr Cove Resort and Marina
A boatload of grins

Throughout the seasons, Tahoe’s prodigious paddle-wheeler, the M.S. Dixie, traverses the lake from Zephyr Cove Resort and Marina to picturesque Emerald Bay. It’s one of the most fun Reno/Tahoe outdoor adventures to take.

Showcasing Tahoe’s exquisite scenery from the water during the chillier months, the Dixie runs Friday through Sunday in October, and also from December into summer with operations pausing for the month of November. Catch the sunset dinner cruise at 5 p.m. for mental images that will bring smiles for a lifetime.

If you’d rather gaze down upon Tahoe’s glory from a higher, snowier vantage point, rent one of Zephyr Cove’s fleet of snowmobiles and let them guide you through miles of trails reaching 9,000 feet in elevation.

Shuttles to and from local resorts, warm clothing, and savvy guides provided by Zephyr Cove make the adventure seamless. Heck, take the M.S. Dixie afterward and sleep like a baby with magical dreams.

Play Spiderman

Ever wanted to scale a building like the superheroes? Head to Basecamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel, which features the world’s tallest climbing wall on its city-facing facade.

Their team will rig you up to reach new heights and even give you lessons. If the immensity of the outdoor wall is a bit overwhelming, try tackling their indoor climbing boulders arranged over cushy protective flooring.

Take a swing

Sunny days help warm cooler temperatures, and Reno/Tahoe has an abundance of clear skies throughout the year. A perfect place to while away those crystal blue mornings or afternoons is the Carson Valley Golf Course.

Open year-round, practice your swing on their shaded driving range or get your game on any time. Their challenging 18-hole, par 71 course taunts golfers with multiple water features and breathtaking rolling hills snuggled at the base of the extraordinary Carson Valley. Grab a golf cart and get out there any time.


With several locations lake-wide, the Powder House can get you geared up to take on the slopes or simply meander through the surrounding trails serenely on snowshoes or cross-country skis.

With a fully stocked rental shop and a team of pros to help, they’ll get you correctly outfitted, discuss equipment options, and send you in the right direction for the best possible experience on snow. Grab the gear day-of, or in advance at a multitude of Tahoe Powder House locations.

reno/tahoe outdoor adventures
Heavenly Ski Resort
Epic views

In any season, Heavenly Ski Resort Lake Tahoe provides the bold with an opportunity to see jaw-dropping Tahoe vistas while floating in the air. You don’t even need skis or boards. Just a bit of bravery.

Sound intriguing? Get on the Heavenly Gondola and watch the world drop away from your feet as you gaze over the cerulean waters and alpine vistas. It’s truly an enchanting experience that will stay forever in your mind.

And yes, after giving you glimpses of Tahoe’s mesmerizing beauty from the highest of heights, it will take you back down safely too.

If the sun rises, there is an opportunity for regional adventure here. Don’t mind the weather, grab a jacket to be safe, and keep every season exciting with these fun Reno/Tahoe outdoor adventures.