Get Some Fresh Air in Carson Valley

And Enjoy Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

Getting outside has become a greater priority for many people and we are taking notice of the small things we may not have had the time to pay attention to before. Is it just us or is the sky bluer than it’s been in years? Animals and plants are reclaiming their natural habitats faster than we could have imagined. In Carson Valley, this phenomenon is no different, with spring blooms and wildlife rampant throughout the region.

As spring arrives in our region, we are finding ourselves craving an ample dose of vitamin D, a big breath of fresh air, and a ramble among the company of nature. Carson Valley offers a vast array of terrain, biological zones, and elevations for outdoor adventures that are full of diverse blooming flora.

Follow these tips while enjoying Carson Valley’s beautiful outdoors this spring and summer:

  • Hike during off times such as early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
  • Plan your trail route ahead of time by visiting the Carson Valley Trails Association website. Home to over 50 miles of trails, there is a variety of options to choose from. The trails are rated to help you choose. If you are new to hiking, try out a trail you can handle and build your level from there!
  • Keep your dogs leashed. You never know if another dog, horse or person is around the next corner!
  • Let someone know where you’re headed. Even if you are not new to hiking solo, it is always a good idea that someone knows where you are and when you plan to return.
  • Stay on the designated trail.
  • Avoid wet or muddy north-facing trails during this time of spring melt. It’s safer for you and better reduces the impact on our trails.
  • Be mindful of equestrians on the trail. Learn tips on what to do when encountering horses on the trail here.
  • Communicate! Let other trail users know of your presence. Be nice, say hi!
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Nevada is known for sporadic spring weather so wearing layers is always a good choice!
  • Above all else, respect the trails and parks.  Pack your trash and be mindful of trail and park conditions. It is always a good idea to bring a trash bag with you to keep our trails clean and beautiful. Check out the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace here.

The trails in Carson Valley are maintained by the Carson Valley Trails Association, a non-profit volunteer-based organization working with partners to provide public access through a recreational trail system for present and future generations to enjoy.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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