Sparks, Nevada

It’s known as Rail City, and just a brief glance at the history of Sparks, a busy town in the Truckee Meadows of northern, Nevada, makes it easy to see why. The town was originally established in the early 1900s by order of the Southern Pacific Railway Company to serve as a large switching yard. To entice workers, the company generously offered to its employees in the old Wadsworth yard deeds to land that would be laid next to the new roundhouse. As further incentive, the company promised to pack up and ship every house in Wadsworth to the new town, free of charge. So it was with great anticipation and goodwill that the town of Sparks was born.

Though the town has come quite a distance from its humble railroad roots, the positive feeling remains. Sparks is a magnet for great events, with a list of annual get-togethers that people can’t help but attend. Downtown’s Victorian Square draws hundreds of thousands of visitors for events like the gigantic Hometown Farmers Market, the downright delectable Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off, Hot August Nights, traditional holiday celebrations like Hometown Christmas, various fun runs and marathons, and plenty more. Also lending to the atmosphere of Sparks is the well-designed parks and recreation system, which includes numerous neighborhood parks, a range of regional sports facilities and a great selection of recreational programs for children and adults alike. The Sparks Marina Park is one such spot, a lovely place to pass an afternoon. Just a few miles from downtown, the lake is ideal for a refreshing swim, and there are always boaters and fishermen out and about. Paddle-boarders, kayakers and even the occasional windsurfer are also common. Another family-friendly destination is Wild Island, home to an enormous water park, go-karts, miniature golf, bowling and more.

For other kinds of recreation, Sparks offers great golf in town, plus more than 50 courses within an hour’s drive. There’s no shortage of fantastic shopping at the Legends at Sparks Marina, the new outlet destination bursting with designer names, plus the adjacent sportsman’s paradise, Scheels. Sparks is also filled with plenty of great dining options that range from casino/resorts to breweries and grills.

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John Ascuaga's Nugget
Sparks, NV
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John Ascuaga’s Nugget’s twin hotel towers illuminate the Reno-Sparks skyline with 1,600 rooms, nine restaurants, 110,000 square feet of convention space, full-service concierge, covered and valet parking, salon/spa, indoor/outdoor atrium pool, 1,288 slot machines, Bingo, live poker, table games, tournaments and attentive staff representing 32 languages.

Pyramid Lake
Nixon, NV

One of the largest natural lakes in Nevada is also among its most incredible, with a fascinating history to boot. Pyramid Lake stretches 125,000 acres and is the largest remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan, an enormous inland sea that once covered most of the Silver State. The intriguing desert lake is a component of the National Scenic Byways Program, and the only byway in the country that is entirely within a tribal reservation. V

Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway
Sparks, NV

Pyramid Lake’s sparkling waters and tufa formations stand out like gem in Nevada’s desert landscape. Allow the state’s third National Scenic Byway to introduce you to it. SR 445 (Pyramid Way), which runs north from the city of Sparks, takes you along the ancient lake’s west shore. The first nationally designated scenic byway entirely within a tribal reservation, the road trip offers views of Pyramid Lake’s natural tufa rock formations – a pyramid-shaped rock juts out of the water and is the lake’s namesake.

The Links at Kiley Ranch
Sparks, NV

One of northern Nevada’s newest golf courses, the Links at Kiley Ranch has gained serious attention. Situated in the master-planned community of Kiley Ranch in Sparks, the nine-hole, executive link-style course was co-designed by the impressive duo Mark Miller and LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan in 2006. Shortly after its debut, the Links at Kiley Ranch played host to the annual Sparks Mayor’s Junio Cup and the PGA of America’s First Tee Program.

Sparks, NV

Calling All Rib Lovers!

If you love ribs and BBQ, then be sure to attend America's BEST rib competition. The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, hosted by John Ascuaga’s Nugget, will transform the Labor Day holiday on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks into a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair.  Come out and enjoy ribs from 24 of the best cookers from across the nation!   As always, parking,  admission and live entertainment is free.

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