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It is maintained by Louise Johnson. Feel free to drop her an email if you have any suggestions or additions.

This page was last updated on April 26, 2009.


The Civilized Explorer

On the Road



Travel Information

Real Time Road Conditions In California, call 800-427-7623. In Nevada, call 877-687-6237 if you are out-of-state, or 511 in Nevada. You'll need to know the highway number. (Hint, you're probably interested in Rt. 80, Rt. 395, Rt. 447, or Rt. 445.) 


If you want to know about Reno road construction, go to the City of Reno's Roadwork page. You can also check out live video of Pyramid Lake.


If you want to find the cheapest gas in Reno, look here. You can also search for diesel at this site, although the prices are not as current as gasoline prices. You can get a 10 cent/gallon discount at the Raley's Aisle 1 Fuel Center if you spend $50 on eligible items. If you spend $100, you'll earn a 25-cent per gallon discount. You must shop at the Raley's at the corner of Robb Dr. and Mae Anne Ave. From Route 80, take exit 9 (Robb Dr.) and go 1.5 miles north.

For auto repairs in Reno, look here.


AAA Offices

Truckee - Close to Route 80, this is a quick stop for people driving from California. 11200 Donner Pass Road 530-546-4245 From Rt. 80, take Exit 185 (CA Rt. 89) • go north on Rt 89 about half a mile • turn right onto Donner Pass Rd. AAA is 0.1 mile in the Gateway Shopping Center.  Open Monday - Friday 8:30 am -5:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
South Reno - Convenient for people driving from Carson City.  6795 S Virginia St. 775-326-2000 From Route 395, take Exit 62 (Neil Rd.) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Neil Rd. • go 300 ft and turn right onto S. Virginia St. • it's 0.2 mile down the road on the right. Open Monday - Friday 8:30 am -5:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Sparks - Convenient for people taking Pyramid Highway to BRC.  4731 Galleria Pkwy From Route 445 (Pyramid Highway), turn right onto Shoppers Way (3.2 miles north of Route 80, just north of Disk Dr.) • go 0.2 mile and turn right onto Galleria Parkway • it's immediately on the right. 775-356-3000  Open Monday - Friday 8:30 am -5:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.


Food and Fuel

Coming from San Francisco, we like the 49er Travel Plaza in West Sacramento.  They have gas, diesel, and pump-you-own propane along with the Silver Skillet Restaurant.  It's all open 24/7.  Take the West El Camino Exit (exit # 85) off Route 80 in West Sacramento.


Car Trouble

How many people actually pass through town during normal business hours? These auto repair businesses are open on weekends. During holidays, though, expect long waits.



Wadsworth 24 Hr. towing 775-575-7320

Cal Nevada Towing 775-575-5800 399 Greg St, Sparks They tow RVs and other large vehicles and offer 24 hour service.

Hanneman Chevron Towing Service & Garage (775) 575-2345 290 E. Main St., Fernley  They provide 24 hour towing and are a AAA emergency road service provider.


Carson City 

Bob's Texaco Service 705 N. Carson 775-883-7919. Open 7 days a week 
Brown Roger Automotive 5576 Bighorn Dr. 775-841-5999. Open Monday - Saturday 8:00 - 6:00 
Carson Auto Works 3339 Highway 50 East 775-883-3339.  Open weekdays 8:00 - 5:00 Saturday 9:00 - 4:00 
Carson Used Tire and Wheel 8001 Highway 50 East 775-883-3499. Open weekdays 8:00 - 5:00 Saturday 8:00 - 3:00
A map of auto dealers in Carson City is here.



Lovelock Beacon Service 415 Cornell Ave. 775-273-2032 Emergency Auto Repairs



OK Tire Store  750 W. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca 775-623-5066. 24 hour road service - brakes, shocks, alignment, RVs



Truckee 76 Station 10041 Donner Pass Rd. 530-587-7600. We got our timing adjusted here at 8:00 on a Saturday morning. This is not a full service station, but it's convenient!

The Auto & Tire Doctor 1200 Pioneer Trail 530 587-2178 Luyah Phoenix got her transmission repaired here in 2007. Their advice for towing a trailer over the Sierras, "When coming up the mountain, especially towing a load, you need to pull the shift lever into Drive, or perhaps even one of the lower gears. If you leave it in Overdrive, the tranny keeps trying to shift back and forth, and that churns up the fluid, and it overheats. When it overheats, it blows out of the overflow valve at the top of the tranny. Makes a big mess, but if you just let it cool down a bit and top it off with new fluid, you'll be OK. But shift down to Drive when coming up the mountain - don't leave it in Overdrive." Amen!


Medical Facilities 

Renown Urgent Care in Sparks, off Pyramid Highway, so it's the first medical facility you'll reach from BRC.  202 Los Altos Parkway,  Sparks.    Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 - 4:30 pm.  Coming from Black Rock City on Pyramid Highway, turn left onto Los Altos Parkway (26.5 miles after the left turn onto Route 445/Pyramid Highway at Pyramid Lake).  Go 0.3 miles and it's on the right.  From Route 80, take Exit 18 (NV 445/Pyramid Way), go north on Pyramid Way 3.5 miles and turn right onto Los Altos Parkway.  Go 0.3 miles and it's on the right.


Renown Medical Center is a Level II trauma facility.  1155 Mill St. 775-982-4100  From Route 395, take Exit 66 (Mill St.), go west on Mill St. The first traffic light is Kietzke Lane - just past the intersection is the Emergency Room entrance on the right. 


Renown Urgent Care in Fernley. 1343 W. Newlands Dr. (775) 575-3600 Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  From BRC, turn left onto Route 427 in Wadsworth, go 2 miles and then go onto Route 80 East, go 2 miles and take Exit 48 (US-50 Alt/US-95 Alt).  At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Commerce Way.  At the first intersection, turn right onto Newlands Dr. West and it's immediately on the left.


If you are not from the US and are not familiar with American telephone numbers, take a look at our Assistance Page for travellers.

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