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Washoe County has miles of unspoiled beaches that stretch both north and south of  the City of Reno. 

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Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary

1265 Deerlodge Road  (775) 969-3111

The desert wildlife preserve hosts an array of fascinating animals. Open April through October, Thursday through Sunday, 10:00am to 4:30pm. Spring and Fall months, weekends only.

Bureau of Land Management — Carson City

5665 Morgan Mill Rd., Carson City, NV  (775) 885-6000

Fort Churchill to Wellington Back Country Byway

A historic town and frontier fort await the visitor along this back country drive. This scenic desert off-road driving tour parallels the Carson River and climbs into the rugged Pine Nut Mountains. Four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles are recommended for the climb over the Pine Nut Mountains. Summer and fall are best seasons to travel the byway. It takes roughly four to five hours to drive this byway.  More> 

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV  (775) 355-6444.

Indian Creek Recreation Lands

More than 7,000 acres of public lands for public outdoor recreational use. Paved access is provided by Airport Road, off State Highway 89 midway between Woodfords and Markleeville, California.

Lahontan Audubon Society

P.O. Box 2304, Reno, NV  (775) 329-8766

Nevada State Parks Parks

1300 South Curry St., Carson City, NV  (775) 687-4384

Mormon Station State Historic Park

Mormon Station is the site of Nevada’s first permanent non-native settlement. A replica of the original trading post, built in 1851, houses a museum with pioneer-era artifacts. Picnic and group use facilities are available. Mormon Station is located in the small town of Genoa, 12 miles south of Carson City via U.S. 395 and State Route 206. The museum and group use area are open May through mid-October.

Pony Express Trail

Historic sites associated with the Pony Express, Transcontinental Telegraph, and Transcontinental Stage are located in the Carson City, Battle Mountain and Ely Districts. There are 30 original stations of which a handful remain standing. Sand Springs and Cold Springs are two of the well preserved stations. Sand Springs Station, adjacent to Sand Mountain Recreation Area has an interpretive trail as well. At Cold Springs Station an interpretive display on the Pony Express Trail is provided adjacent to Highway 50. A two-mile hike at the base of the scenic Desatoya Mountains provides access to the Cold Springs Pony Express Station.  More info about the Pony Express >

Prison Hill Area

Approximately 2,450 acres known as PRISON HILL RECREATION AREA has been set aside and dedicated as open space for the Community of Carson City, NV.

Sand Mountain Recreation Area

Located in the high desert of west central Nevada, 25 miles east of Fallon, the sand dunes of the 4,795 acre recreation area provide challenge and excitement for many types of off-highway vehicle use.

Wellington Back Country Byway to Fort Churchill

Carson City BLM District Office, 1535 Hot Springs Road, Carson City, NV (702) 885-6000

Walker Lake Recreation Area  — BLM

1535 Hot Springs Rd. Carson City, NV  (775) 885-6000

One of two large natural lakes in Nevada, Walker Lake provides natural habitat for endangered Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. The 38,000 acre lake has a shoreline which varies from steep and rocky on the west side to fine white beaches on its eastern side. A boat ramp and primitive camping facilities are provided on the western shoreline along U.S. Hwy. 95.  More from BLM > More form Public Lands>

Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley

P.O. Box 3270 Sparks, NV  (775) 475-22220

The center is located on Pyramid Lake Highway about 20 miles north of Reno, NV., and is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. You can view wild horses and burros by driving the dirt road around the corrals.



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