Saturday, August 20, 2011

What can you do around Carson City?

Virginia and Truckee Engine #25 Warming UpImage by ScottSchrantz via Flickr
Museums, Trains, & Indoor Entertainment
Nevada State Railroad Museum 2180 S Carson St. Carson City, NV 89701 775-687-6953 (includes steam train on some dates, a motor car on others)

McKeen Motor CarImage by ScottSchrantz via Flickr

Aug. 6 - 7, 2011 (Sat - Sun)
Come ride behind an authentic V&T steam locomotive in restored period passenger cars at the NV State RR Museum, 2180 S. Carson Street, Carson City. Departures every 40 minutes from 10am to 4pm. Ticket prices vary.

The Nevada State Museum, in Carson City, Nevad...Image via Wikipedia

That bouncerz place, with the large inflatables indoors for parties etc.

Mills Park Railroad, Carson City
N Stewart St, Carson City, NV 89706
Contact: +1 775 827 7600
Open Hours: Apr-Oct: 11a-4p M-Su
This railroad is an ongoing attraction that allows children and adults a sample of riding behind a diesel switcher in either a gondola or a passenger car. Opened in 1981, it was built by a local group of railroad junkies now known as the Carson City Railroad Association. The train takes you all around Mills Park and lasts about 15-minutes. The ride is operated April through October and groups are welcomed.

Sand Harbor, Lake TahoeImage by chucklepix (Steve) via FlickrThis photo is of Sand Harbor at lake Tahoe.  Of course the view that we get when we go (we've been like 5 times) is a lot more fun-friendly.  :)

Stewart Indian School Museum, Carson City

Indian SchoolImage by Miss Bliss 55 via Flickr5366 Snyder Ave, Carson City, NV 89701-6743
Contact: +1 775 882 6929
This learning institution was founded in 1890 as a school for Western Indian tribes and operated until 1980. Today, it is a museum that collects and exhibits memorabilia from the school's alumni and faculty. Numerous events are held here throughout the year, including The Spring Awakening, Father's Day Pow Wow and Craft Fair, and the "S" Painting on Stewart Hill. Native American arts and crafts classes are also featured. The Little Rock House Trading Post is filled with handcrafted items like hides, beading, baskets, paintings, blankets and crafts supplies. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated.

Trails, Hiking, & Picniking;_ylt=Atkwfe4vmzNKnQbgVt6FWTBNSWoL
Kit Carson Trail Walking Tour, Carson City
1900 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-5525
Contact: 775-687-7410, 800-NEVADA-1
This is a 2.5 mile walking tour of over 60 Carson City points of interest.

Eagle Falls Hike, South Lake Tahoe
CA-89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Contact: +1 888 434 1262
Open Hours: Dawn-dusk M-Su
Walk this majestic trail to a beautiful waterfall. It is an easy quarter-mile hike through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enjoy the fresh air, and see the flora and fauna indigenous to the area and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at every turn. If you're bringing the kids, keep an eye out for some steep spots that drop off abruptly. When you reach your final destination, you will be treated to the beautiful sight of water rushing over boulders and heading down the river to Lake Tahoe. If you are enjoying yourself and have a lot of energy, keep walking on the trail another three-quarters of a mile to Eagle Lake.

Vikingsholm on Emerald BayImage by Dollar Bin via FlickrVikingsholm Castle, South Lake Tahoe
3299 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Contact: +1 888 434 1262
Open Hours: June 15-Labor Day: 10a-4p M-Su
Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight began building her estate in 1928 with as many as 200 workers employed to carve intricate designs by hand; the hinges were hand-forged as well. Two of the most unusual aspects of the castle are the sod roof and the fact that much of the house was built without benefit of nails or other fasteners. The castle contains many fine examples of Scandinavian furnishings and antiques. This site is accessed from Emerald Bay State Park , also known as the D.L. Bliss State Park.
Carson River Road at the Carson River
Description: 40-acre park area along the Carson River

Stream Profile Chamber, South Lake Tahoe
CA-89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96156
Contact: +1 530 573 2674
Open Hours: May-Oct: 8a-5p M-Su
Following the interpretive trail starting at Taylor Creek Visitor's Center will lead you to the profile chamber that is located below ground-level adjacent to the creek. The chamber houses a floor-to-ceiling glass bay window that shows fish and other marine life in their natural habitat. During the fall, the annual spawning run of the Kokanee Salmon is a sight to see. If you have an extra hour to spend in the area, this is a great learning experience for the entire family.;_ylt=AotZS7ULEEPN8q35CeShg5zrPWoL
Tahoe Trout Farm, South Lake Tahoe
1023 Blue Lake Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-4600
Contact: +1 530 541 1491
Open Hours: 10a-7p Memorial Day-Labor Day
Have you ever wanted to go fishing on vacation but didn't bring any of your tackle with you? Well, here is the solution to your dilemma. Admission is free with bait and tackle included. You don't even need to have a current fishing license, and there is no limit at the number of fish you can catch. Packaging and putting your fish on ice is also a free service.

Linear Park Trail
Multi-Use Trail
Description: Walking/Bike path extends from Roop Street near Governors Field to Fairview Drive and the Moffat Open Space access at Hells Bells Road.

Mr. Toads’ wild ride Mountain Bike Trail

Rim Trail (Walking or Mountain Biking

Red Fir  Tahoe Rim TrailImage by brewbooks via FlickrMountain Biking Trails by Western Nevada College Trail Mountain Bike Trail
Ride Summary: One of the popular "rim" trails of Lake Tahoe, this one on the eastern shore. Offers spectacular views of the Lake.
Trail Description: Follow the trailhead signs from Spooner Lake Campground. This trail is well-marked. Although the Flume Trail itself is flat, the Spooner Lake to Marriette Lake trail is a good climb.
How to get there: Take Hwy 50 north from South Lake Tahoe. Left on Hwy 28, go a 1/4 mile and take a right into Spooner Lake Campground

To get to Kings Canyon, drive through Carson City on US Highway 395 until you reach the 5th St. stoplight. Turn west for two blocks to a stop sign at Division St., turn north for two blocks to Kings St., and turn west again. Follow Kings St. for 3 miles to the end of the pavement and the trailhead.

Trail Description: Trail head out of Heavenly Valley Stage coach lift follow single track to top of hill. Look for the Tahoe Rim Trail blue sign. Single track for 8 miles to star lake. Many get offs the first and four mile due to rock steps. Cliff pose possible danger if you do not keep your eyes on the tail. The trail is marked you can not get lost.
How to get there: From US 50 at South Lake Tahoe go into Nevada past the casinos. Travel up HWY 207 (Kingsbury Grade) 3 miles to Tramway Drive turn righ then go to Heavenly Valley Stage Coach lift. Park in the parking lot.
Additional Notes: Great view of the Carson Valley, partial view of Lake Tahoe at 7 miles.

Water related Things
Carson Hot Springs Resort is open 7am to 10pm every day        1500 old hot  spring RD.
Hot Springs Pool and Mini Spa Rooms : Outdoor Pool or Patio use (adult) $10.00 all day
Outdoor Pool or Patio use (seniors & kids) $8.00 all day
Hot Baths (Mini Spa Rooms - adults) $15.00 for 2 hours
Hot Baths (Mini Spa Rooms - seniors) $10.00 for 2 hours
To use the Mini Spa rooms, you must be at least 18 years old. 1/2 Hour $45.00 1 Hour $65.00 1 1/2 Hour $90.00
$20 add-on for hot stone (1- and 1 1/2-hr only)

Tunnel Creek Trail, Lake TahoeImage by RickC via Flickr
General description: A historic hot spring resort with a swimming pool and several private rooms. The Carson Hot Springs have been utilized for centuries, and in 1894 they became a resort known as Shaw’s Hot Springs. Countless people visited the springs over the years, many traveling great distances to do so.
Carson Hot Springs | Carson City Nevada Hot Spring Trails |
Activity Type: Hot Springs Nearby City: Carson City Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Unspecified Water Temp: The swimming pool is around 98 degrees F, and the private rooms range from 98 and 110 degrees F. Season: Best: Year-round. Summer can be hot.

Bowers Mansion Regional Park
4005 US Highway 395 North, Carson City, NV 89704 (21 miles south of Reno on old US 395)
Mount Rose District Ranger: (775) 849-1825
Activities: Barbecue Areas Hiking Horseshoe Pits Picnic Areas Playgrounds Reservable Picnic Area(s) Swimming Pools Trail Heads Walking Trails

General description: A swimming pool fed by hot well water adjacent to a historic mansion in a county park, between Reno and Carson City. Adjacent to the historic Bowers Mansion, a Washoe County park, is a large swimming pool fed by a hot well, dug in the 1960s. There are also picnic grounds and playgrounds.
Bowers Mansion | Carson City Nevada Hot Spring Trails |
Location: Carson City, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, Carson County
Height: ~25 ft.     Access:
      Distance: 0.6 miles (RT)    Elevation: 5400 ft. (+100 ft.)
Season: Apr-Jul    Difficulty:
    Lat/Long:39.15524, -119.81790
Directions:From Hwy 395 in Carson City, turn west on Second St., then take an immediate right onto Curry St., then an immediate left onto W. King St. Follow W. King St. (turns into Kings Canyon Rd.) for 2.7 miles until it becomes a dirt road, then park in the open area.

Steamboat Villa Hot Springs Spa
Read more at Steamboat Villa Hot Springs Spa | Reno Nevada Hot Spring Trails |
A historic hot springs resort south of Reno. Closed for years, the resort has recently reopened. Its many large-volume hot springs have provided bathing for centuries, and now support a large geothermal plant across the highway from the present resort. Developed.

Walley's Hot Springs Resort
General description: An increasingly popular, historic hot spring resort in the beautiful Carson Valley. A popular resort, with increasing services and amenities, Walley’s Hot Springs has been a landmark in western Nevada for more than 150 years. Today, the upscale resort is officially known as David Walley’s Resort and Hot Springs Spa. There are six hot spring pools and one “relaxation” pool. A full array of spa treatments is also available. The pools range in temperature from 98 to 104 degrees F, while the relaxation pool is 85 degrees F.
Walley's Hot Springs Resort | Genoa Nevada Hot Spring Trails |

(Notes to self) Find out about the volcano-heated lake they talked about in scouts…

Fishing spots for people that don’t know how to fish. 

That pool in Minden.


State/National Parks, Forests, Multi-option sites, large recreation areas trail maps for Washoe county parks and trails;_ylt=AotZS7ULEEPN8q35CeShg5xNSWoL
Grimes Point/Hidden Cave Archaeological Site, Carson City
5665 Morgan Mill Rd, Carson City, NV 89701
Contact: 775-885-6000
Visitors to this site can view 8,000 year old petroglyphs while on self-guided interpretive trails at Grimes Point and join a guided educational program to Hidden Cave.
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