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Reno - Grand Sierra Resort

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Welcome to the little city of the Grand Sierra!

Grand Sierra Resort is the largest casino-hotel resort in northern Nevada and is unmistakable as you enter Reno. Set off by itself in the center of the Truckee Meadows, and taking up a few square miles of real-estate, the big cross is bordered on the west by US-395, on the south by the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and on the north and east by Sparks.

You can get there via US-395 from two exits — Mill Street or Glendale Avenue. If you are travelling on I-80, take the US 395 exit (#15) southbound, and Mill and Glendale will be your first two exits.

Having undergone several owners, face-lifts, and different names over its life of 30+ years, GSR has become a post-playa vacation for many burners, as they look to support our community, and offer top-notch rooms, restaurants, showrooms, clubs, pools and shopping, as well as loads of free parking.  They also have an RV Park next to the river, park rides, bowling, and a golf driving range out onto a ginormous man-made lake.

Most notably, GSR will be offering great discount room rates to members of our community (see below for details), and they return this year with a big and fabulous post-playa party at the pool and ultralounge with dj’s and live bands from Sep. 2-5.

Twin City Surplus is also in the neighborhood, a mega-magnet for burners over the years, with lots of army surplus, water barrels, tarps, parachutes, bulk containers, camping supplies, shade structure hardware, goggles, etc etc etc. Keep an eye out for the large red barn. To get to Twin City Surplus from US 395, take the Glendale Avenue Exit. Go east on Glendale about 1/4 miles, turn left onto Galetti Way. Down about another quarter of a mile, turn left onto East 4th Street. Twin City Surplus will then be on your right about 3/4 of a mile.

Other noteworthy features nearby are Red Rock Spring Water and Renown Regional Medical Center (take Mill Street Exit off US-395 and Renown is approximately 3/4 mile west).

Groceries/Water Stores

Red Rock Spring Water
1145 Icehouse Ave – 775-331-5908- map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, extended or weekend hours by appointment. Red Rock provides naturally-filtered spring water drawn from the Red Rock Spring 30 miles north of Reno. Which means it is higher-quality, tastier, and perhaps healthier water than what you may find elsewhere. Water is $7.50 per 5 gallons. 3 and 5-gallon containers can also be purchased and returned for a $8 deposit/refund. BPA-free bottles as well as spigots and pumps are also available, and you can fill up your RV with tap water. Red Rock also provides delivery of water of only 50 bottles and up to participants/theme camps on the playa, as well as pickup of their empty containers. If interested in delivery, send an email to dan(at)redrockwater(dot)com.

WalMart Super Center
2425 East 2nd Street – 775-359-8200 – map
Open 24/7.


Twin City Surplus
1675 East 4th Street – 775-323-5630 – map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Aug. 22-26 9am-7pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. Long-time mega-magnet for burners, this place has a little of everything. They will have the usual 5, 15, 35 and 55-gallon water barrels — will even let you fill them up there, and they will buy them back from you. They also have a large selection of military and standard tents, tarps, parachutes, netting, solar screen, conduit, rope, sleeping bags, stoves and other camping supplies, tools, lanterns, goggles, el-wire kits, headlamps, bike lights, clothing, hats, backpacks, camelbaks, some costumery, and a huge variety of military-wear. Check out their website for their hot items, and they will pull items for you ahead for you to come by and pick up.

Prep and Save
1472 Linda Street – 855-773-7672 - 775-358-3585 - map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Focused primarily on event survival supplies, this place has many things for life on the playa. Solar generators and panels, crank lanterns and flashlights, headlamps, sun ovens, 3.5 gallon water bricks and spigots, 55 gallon drums, camelbaks and water packs, bucket toilets, tents, privacy tents, ready-to-eat meals, backpacks, emergency blankets, cots and mats, medical supplies, megaphones, walkie-talkies, and kits — including for the Zombie-apocalypse! — are among the many things they carry. Check out their website for more.

Steve’s Army Surplus
3000 Mill Street – 775-828-1199 – map
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.

Gone Green Recycling
1440 Industrial Way – 775-525-1447 - map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm. 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.

Random Curiosities

The Generator Community Art and Builders Space
1240 Icehouse Avenue – 775-232-5013 - map
General hours Wed-Sun, noon-10pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours arrangement. The Generator is a new, fee-free, and radically-inclusive art and builders space, dedicated to year-round, as well as, playa-specific projects. If you are self-motivated and looking for other dedicated builders, who are also fun visionaries thriving on being part of a larger experiment in creative community, you can and probably want to build your own art project there too. Or come check out what others are doing, volunteer, or donate tools and supplies. As of 2013, art installations sleighted for Black Rock City include Control TowerIcthyosaur Puppet ProjectDawn PatrolLike 4 Real, and several Regional CORE Effigy projects from around the world. If you are interested in building your art there, get in touch with Matthew Schultz.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop
2001 East 2nd Street – 775-329-2972 / 775-329-0275 – map
Open 7am-8pm daily.

Gas and Biofuel

Allied Washoe Petroleum
2500 East 4th Street – 775-323-3146 – map
The place in Reno-Sparks to purchase B-20 and B-100 biofuels, provided by Bently Biofuels. Also carries regular gas.

Howard’s Chevron
2799 East 4th Street – 775 786 2159 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-6pm. Gas pumps available 24/7. Call ahead for possible after-hours. Just off I-80 at exit #16, right next to the I-80 and US-395 interchange, Howard’s carries a few extra things like ice and bulk water, hats, bandanas, gas cans, first aid kits, and sunglasses. You can even fill up with tap water, such as your RV.  They also offer car-repair services, and recycling DURING BUSINESS HOURS (plastics, glass, metals, cardboard, tires, motor oil, antifreeze, and car batteries).

Hotels & Hotel Casinos

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
2500 East 2nd Street – 775-789-2000 / 800-501-2651 – map
The largest and very burner-friendly Grand Sierra Resort is offering a discount of 20% off its prevailing rates for members of our community.  Rates will fluctuate depending on date of reservation.  When calling for reservations, give this discount code: BURN13.  Also of note, there will again be a massive party this year for those returning from the playa Sep. 2 through Sep. 5 — dj’s and live acts at the pool and ultralounge!


Grand Sierra Resort
2500 East 2nd Street – 775-789-2000 / 800-501-2651 – map
Lots of great, top-notch restaurants.

RV Parks

Grand Sierra Resort RV-Park
2500 East 2nd Street- 775-789-2129 – map
Reserve ASAP for the RV campground.  Grey-water disposal and RV dumping available.

River's Edge RV Park
1405 South Rock Blvd- 775-358-8533 / 800-621-4792 – map
Please reserve ASAP, they love burners! Situated right on the Truckee River. Also has RV dump.

Equipment Rentals

All Star Rents
1920 Glendale Avenue – 775-358-5123 – map
Open Mon-Sat 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-5pm. Rents reach, boom, forklifts, and a wide range of compaction equipment, air compressors, generators, skidsteers, backhoes and skiploader tractors as well as trucks such as flatbeds, pickup trucks, water trucks, and trailers. Call for reservations.


Renown Regional Medical Center
155 Mill Street – 775-982-4100 - map

Recycling, Garbage, and Greywater Disposal

RSW Recycling
1100 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8822  – map
Open 24/7. Takes plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, and steel cans, cardboard, and paper. No dumping — NO FURNITURE!

Schnitzer Steel
490 Valley Road, Reno – 775-331-2267  – map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, Sat 8am-3pm. Accepts all metals for recycling.

Gone Green Recycling
1440 Industrial Way – 775-525-1447 – map
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.

Reno Salvage Company
301 Montello – 775-323-7109  – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Takes scrap metals only.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services
1200 Marietta Way, Sparks – 775-331-9400 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. A place providing recycling, reuse and reclamation options for hazardous and non-hazardous materials including solvents, chemicals and oil, light bulbs, transformers and other electrical equipment.

Reno Transfer Station
1390 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8882  – map
Open Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat and Sun 8am-6pm. Garbage disposal at $6 per cubic yard.

Howard’s Chevron
2799 East 4th Street – 775 786 2159 - map
Open Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-6pm. Recycling DURING BUSINESS HOURS (plastics, glass, metals, cardboard, tires, motor oil, antifreeze, and car batteries).

Grand Sierra Resort RV-Park
2500 East 2nd Street- 775-789-2129 – map
Grey-water disposal and RV dumping available.

Golden Gate Petroleum
1055 South Rock Blvd, Sparks (775) 358-7400 – map
Greywater disposal.

Car and RV Parts and Repair, and Tow Service

Paramount Repair
2570 Tacchino Street – 877-329-6691 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm. RV repair services.

Sierra Foreign Car Service
1535 Hymer Street – 775-331-3774 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm. This place has come to treat us and other friends and burners VERY fairly! They specialize in foreign cars, especially Volkswagens.

A1 Body Shop & RV Repair and Parts
2050 Glendale Avenue – 775-348-0908 – map
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm.

All Points Towing
2801-B  Vassar Street – 775-323-4002 – map
During burn week – Open 24/7. Will pick up Bay Area to Wadsworth and FROM Reno will tow up to 500 miles in any direction. Will tow RV & travel trailers with good wheel up to 32ft long. Does not tow diesel pushers.

D & S Tow Inc
105 Sunshine Lane, Reno – 775-358-7779 – map
Open 24/7 and can tow anything anywhere in surrounding states.

Please send your feedback and suggestions to renopages(at)burningman(dot)com.
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