That's not true a hundred plus miles to the north, at the hot springs of Gerlach, Nevada, gateway to the Black Rock Desert.
This wonder of nature has blue skies, sage sprinkled dunes and purple mountain majesty; a landscape lit as if from within, with colors that change dramatically as light shifts by the hour.
Greyhound, from their bus station at 155 Stevenson Street, provides service to over 3100 North American destinations.
Getting Around RTC operates bus routes around Reno, and to neighboring Sparks, but a rental car will provide freedom to explore the area far more easily.
Spectrum, a social organization, sponsors outside the bars get-togethers, from outdoors activities to readings.
The Fourth Street Bar (1114 E 4th St), for many years a gay mainstay in a buiding dating from the late 1800s, is still friendly and welcoming to all, with karaoke nights, an internet jukebox, pool table, video poker, large smoker-friendly patio, and a mix of all kinds of people.
Watch for events around town sponsored by Reno's Biggest Little Sisters (of Perpetual Indulgence); or what's going on at the Imperial Palace of the Silver Dollar Court.
Faces NV (239 W 2nd St), gay/mixed nightclub, drag shows, DJs, dancing, go-go boys, karaoke, theme parties.
The Patio Bar (600 W 5th), gay neighborhood bar, video poker, TV sports, pool tables, darts, shuffleboard, patio deck, barbeques, bocce ball, sunbathing, karaoke, mixed men & women.
For local stage performances check what's on at the Bruka Theatre (99 N Virginia St) with its lineup of "contemporary award winning plays, culture crossing melodrama, musicals and comedy that explore social questions about class, love, and existence." Getting Here The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has RTC Ride bus service on route 19 between the airport (just outside baggage claim) and downtown Reno (RDC Center).
Taxis and limos are to be found nearby, with trips taking just ten minutes into downtown.