Bently Heritage Trail

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Bently Heritage Trail
Bently Heritage Trailhead, Minden, NV, United States

Explore nearly 5 miles of hiking trail adjacent to the Carson River in the Carson Valley. The Nature Conservancy has partnered with the Carson Valley Trails Association, local Eagle Scouts, and the property owner to construct the hiking trail system.

Here, the Carson River winds its way in braided channels, supporting willows and wetlands that sustain many animals and migratory birds. The trail provides visitors with access to these natural areas and to amazing panoramic views.

The Nature Conservancy has been working here since 2005, when a conservation easement was acquired with funding from Question 1 and the Nevada Department of Wildlife to preserve the incredible floodplain lands that surround the 4 miles of Carson River that flow through the property. In establishing the conservation easement, the property owner, Mr. Donald Bently, and the Conservancy envisioned a place where conservation would benefit both nature and people; demonstrating that habitat protection, cattle ranching, and public access can coexist. The Bently Heritage Trail fulfills that vision.

Because this is both a natural area and a working cattle ranch, the trail is open to hikers only. No horses, bikes or dogs are allowed. For more information, please contact The Conservancy’s Carson River Project Manager, Duane Petite, at

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