It’s no secret that Nevada is the destination of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, with its virtually limitless selection of adventure possibilities. So it seems only fitting that the world’s largest selection of outdoor gear can also be found here. The nearly 300,000 square foot Scheels, an anchor for the Legends at Sparks Marina in northern Nevada, is a retail shopping experience unto itself.
The super store contrasts sharply from sporting good and department stores not only in sheer size, but because of its unique assortment of entertainment venues. Visitors to the Reno-Sparks Scheels will find a staggering array of items geared to men, women, children and athletes and outdoor lovers of every fit and description, as well as a number of special attractions.
Outside, eight massive bronze sculptures are positioned to greet visitors. Inside both entrances, 16,000-gallon aquariums brim with fresh or saltwater species and make for an entrancing sight. The center of the colossal Reno Sparks Scheels is dominated by a 65-foot, 16-car Ferris Wheel. Upstairs, the Walk of Presidents features lifelike representations of famous past leaders, while the 800 square foot Wildlife Mountain soars 35 feet and is decorated with representations of both local and other species. There’s also an airplane suspended from the ceiling, shooting galleries, golf, soccer and hockey simulators, a home décor and gift lodge, and even a deli and fudge shop serving gourmet sandwiches and soups, Starbucks coffee and more than 20 flavors of homemade fudge.
With all of the extra amenities, it’s easy to get distracted. But anyone on the hunt for the best selection of outdoor gear, everything from white water rafting to hunting and fishing equipment, camping accessories to mountain bikes and anything and everything in between, will find it at Scheels. And with more than 500 employees, the Reno-Sparks Scheels staffs its specialty shops with experts who are ready and willing to help, making the experience that much more enjoyable.