Reno - Hardware and Camping Gear
Twin City Surplus is a popular place among burners for camp equipment, while Carter Brothers, Home Depot, and Lowe’s are also great for camp-building supplies, other hardware, some camping stuff, and even fun toys. Resco is full of kitchen gear, and then there are the sporting good locations, any of which might have just what you’re looking for in terms of camping supplies on your way through town. It all depends on what you need, and where you are coming from — here is a more robust list of options around the area.
Click into highlighted titles or into the corresponding shopping hub for the details as to what each place has to offer and to see what else is in the area.
Cabela’s Sporting Goods
8650 Boomtown Garson Rd. — 775-829-4100 — (Verdi)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm. Mostly for hunting and sporting gear, there is a sizable collection of camping supplies.
Carter Bros. Ace Hardware
1215 South Virginia Street – 775-337-1200 – (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 8am-6:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Call ahead for later hours during Burning Man. Owned and operated by burners, one of the few hardware stores in town that is independently seeking to meet the shade and camping needs of the burning man participant. Stocking up on a wide variety of playa-specific hardware, camping, and lighting needs. Tents, sleeping bags, tarps, conduit, pvc, wood, tools, solar showers, solar pathway lights, headlamps, water jugs, coolers, and crank flashlights are just some of the items to be found here.
Gone Green Recycling
1440 Industrial Way – 775-525-1447 - (East McCarran & Prater Way) - (Grand Sierra)
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, but open 7:30-7:30pm during Aug 20-Sept 7. Two things of especial note regarding Gone Green. First, you can by used carpet and pads here for your camp in sizes ranging from 3′x3′ to 12′x30′ at pretty good prices. Second, you can also drop off your carpet and pads for recycling after Burning Man. They also recycle cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and steel.
Metal Masters, Inc.
1831 Deming Way – 775-358-4613 – (East McCarran & Prater Way)
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-noon. Highly recommended for your camp and art metal needs.
Sierra Trading Post
6139 South Virginia Street, Suite B – 775-828-8050 - (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Extended hours during Burning Man – Aug 24-25 8am-10pm, Aug 26 9am-7pm. Right next to Whole Foods, Sierra Trading post carries of variety of camping and clothing needs, ranging from tents, sleeping bags, shade, cooking hardware and accessories, hydration systems, goggles, sunglasses, and hiking-wear at pretty good prices.
4813 Kietzke Lane – 775-828-1234 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Steve’s Army Surplus
3000 Mill Street – 775-828-1199 – (Grand Sierra)
Open daily 10am-6pm. Some camping supplies etc (tents, sleeping bags, parachutes, netting, goggles, MRE’s, water containers, inflatable mattresses, camelbacks, gas-masks, grills, shovels) here, but mainly a place if you want combat and camouflage gear.
Twin City Surplus
1675 East 4th Street – 775-323-5630 – (Grand Sierra)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Long-time mega magnet for burners, this place has a little of everything. They have an extended portion of their site just for Burning Man. They will have the usual 35 and 55-gallon water barrels — will even let you fill them up there — along with the usual variety of tents, tarps, rope, goggles, clothing, stoves, and military-ware. Crank flashlights, Everlites, and solar lanterns are just a few of the many green-er items they are now carrying. Check out their website for their hot items.
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