Parking and Transportation

The information listed below will help make your travel to and from the event enjoyable and hassle free. Parking is prohibited along McCarran Blvd. due to safety hazards and parking laws will be enforced. Remember, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is only 1.5 miles from downtown Reno and would make a wonderful morning walk for our out-of-town visitors who are so inclined. Sierra Street will be blocked off to anyone who does not have a handicap placard or parking pass on all three mornings of the event.

Rancho San Rafael Park has limited entrances into the parking areas, therefore traffic can get backed up. Please plan to arrive early to see the show. We recommend planning to arrive at the park no later than 4:00 a.m. to park and get on the field in time for the Glow Show and Dawn Patrol.

Reserved VIP Parking
Reserved VIP Parking passes will again be available for purchase this year! For just $20, you can have the closest parking possible to the field. Don’t miss out, these passes sell out fast!

Click here to purchase your Reserved Parking Pass for 2014!

Parking at Rancho San Rafael
There will be public parking available at Rancho San Rafael, managed by Reno South Rotary, for a $10 donation to the event. The lots are located on the corner of Sierra Street and McCarran Blvd. as well as on Coleman Street. These lots will get you a short walking distance away from the field.

Parking at UNR
If you don’t mind walking a few blocks you can park for free at the University’s north lots but remember that cars must be removed by 10 a.m. (Subject to changes if event falls on a UNR football game day).

RTC RIDE Service 
RTC RIDE will be offering park & ride service to and from The Great Reno Balloon Race on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 & 8. RTC RIDE has pickup points at RSCVA Convention Center, Parking Lot C, Reed High School and the RTC 4th Street Station in downtown Reno. Check back soon for a list of specific times, locations and fares. For more information please call (775) 348-RIDE or go to the RTC Web site

Handicapped Parking 
As always handicapped parking is available at the event for those with a handicapped placard or license plate. Please go to any entrance of the park and you will be directed to a handicapped parking lot. These spots are first come, first serve so get there early!

RV Information.
In 2005, all vehicles including RVs were banned from parking on McCarran Blvd. due to safety concerns of The City of Reno and Police Department. Click here to read more about it.
Rancho San Rafael Park regulations prohibit overnight parking of vehicles/RVs, excluding security vehicles, during the event. For a list of RV parks in the area please go to the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority website or contact them at (800) 367-7366.