Where To Park

The reserved automobile parking area, located within the main gate (L5 on the site map), is within easy walking distance of the grandstands, box seating and pit entrance. Parking reservations may be purchased in advance through July 15th at (775) 972-6663 or purchase them at the parking lot. Vehicles may not remain in any automobile parking lot overnight.

Handicap parking is available for vehicles displaying official handicap plates or placards. Shuttle service is provided from the handicap parking lot to the main gate.
There are two reserved parking areas for recreational vehicles. The Optimist Lot is located north of Echo Avenue, east of Mt. Vida St. and across from Gate 2. The West Lot is located at the far west end of the field, west of the RARA hangar. RV permits are for the entire event only. No daily permits for RVs are available. More information on recreational vehicles can be found here.

Parking prices:

Handicap (Daily) is $10.00, Season is $50.00

Reserved: Wednesday and Thursday is $25.00 each day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $30.00 each day.

Season parking is $125.00

Shuttle Tickets

Shuttle tickets may be purchased at the pick up/drop off locations and at Stead Field. Tickets prices are $11.50 one way, $21.00 round trip, $52.50 for a weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday) and $71.00 for a 4-day pass (Thursday-Sunday). Children ages 5 and under are free. Shuttle service begins at 7am and runs approximately every 15 minutes.

Service location


Pick up/drop off location

Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa

3800 S. Virginia St., Reno

Entrance on East Side of Sportsbook

Eldorado Hotel & Casino

345 N. Virginia St., Reno

On 4th St. between Virginia and Sierra Streets

Nugget Casino Resort 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks

11th street entrance between the Casino and the parking garage

Grand Sierra Resort

2500 East 2nd Street, Reno

Motor coach transportation area, south side of hotel

Peppermill Hotel Casino

2707 S. Virginia St., Reno

Motor coach boarding area


Flying In

Every inch of the Reno-Stead Airport is occupied by participants and vendors during the week of the National Championship Air Races. All non-participating aircraft should choose Reno-Tahoe Airport, Carson City Airport, Truckee Airport, or other Northern Nevada/California airports as their destination. Those landing at Reno-Tahoe Airport can take a short cab ride to the Grand Sierra Resort and catch the shuttle bus from there. If you plan to drive to the Races, use Route 395 North from the Reno/Sparks area.

Contact information for Reno-Tahoe International Airport Fixed Base Operator [FBO]:
Atlantic Aviation: 775-858-7300
A one-time, Special Event Fee will be charged for those who use Atlantic Aviation’s space at $65 for single engine and $85 for jets.

Driving directions
From downtown Reno, take Interstate 395 North about 11 miles. Exit on Stead Blvd and follow the signs to airport.

RV parking

RV parking is available in the West RV or Optimist Lot. Camping at our site is dry – there are no water or power hookups. Water trucks and sanitary dump trucks do come through on a daily basis. You may come as early as the Saturday before, and stay through the Monday after the race. The cost for the West lot RV will be $285 for a small space (approximately 18’ x 45’) and $396.00 for a large space (approximately 18’ x 50′). There are no daily rates. In addition to the RV you must purchase Season Tickets and Season Pit Pass, as you will be entering through the Pit gates.

The cost for the Optimist Lot will be $198.00 for small space and $226.00 for large space. Those prices will go up after August 14th. Please call the RARA office at (775) 972-6663 to reserve a parking spot.