Carson Ranger District

OFFICE INFO

1536 South Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701
775-882-2766
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST
Closed Federal Holidays
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The Carson Ranger District office is located in Carson City (pop. 54,414), which is Nevada’s capital. The District lies in seven counties including Carson City, Douglas, and Washoe in Nevada and Alpine, Nevada, Lassen, and Sierra Counties in California.

The Carson Ranger District encompasses over 400,000 acres in the states of Nevada (135,632) and California (270,260). Lake Tahoe lies just to the west of the district boundary. The District includes 406,292 acres of urban interface area west of Reno, Carson City, Minden and Gardnerville in Nevada and more remote rural areas in eastern California. 

The Carson Ranger District extends along the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the Nevada/California border in a strip about 15 miles wide and 96 miles long. It stretches from the Dog Valley area northwest of Reno and ending just north of the Sonora Pass (California State Route 108). The District boasts a varied and spectacular landscape from scenic snowy alpine peaks to the warmer lower valleys of semi-arid Great Basin desert. The elevation ranges from around 4,800 feet to Sonora Peak at 11,462 feet.

Recreation Sites

 

Other Visitor Resources

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Campgrounds

Campgrounds

Season

Fee (Per Day)

*Reservations

Nearest Town(s)

Centerville Flat Dispersed Campground

 Year-Round

No

No

Markleeville, California

Crystal Springs 

April-September, as weather and conditions allow

$18

No

Woodfords/ Markleeville, California

Hope Valley 

 

May-September,  as weather and conditions allow

$22 single/ $40 double

Yes, reservations are required for most campsites at www.recreation.gov.

Sites 1, 3, 11, 15, and 20 require no reservation and are first come first served.

Woodfords/South Lake Tahoe, California

Kit Carson 

 

May-September,  as weather and conditions allow

$18

Yes, reservations are required for most campsites at www.recreation.gov.

Sites 1, 3, 7, and 12 require no reservation and are first come first served.

Woodfords/South Lake Tahoe,  California

Lookout 

May-October,   as weather and conditions allow

$6

No

Verdi/Bordertown, Nevada

Markleeville 

 

April- September, as weather and conditions allow

$18

No

Markleeville, California

Mt. Rose 

June - September, as weather and conditions allow

$22 single/ $40 double/ $50 triple

Yes, sites 1-18 can be reserved are at www.recreation.gov.

Sites 19-26 require no reservation and are first come first served. 

InclineVillage/ Reno, Nevada

Silver Creek 

 

June - September, as weather and conditions allow

$18 single/ $34 double

Yes, reservations are required for most campsites at www.recreation.gov.

Sites 1, 12, 21, and 22 require no reservation and are first come first served.

Markleeville, California

Wolf Creek Dispersed Campground

May - October, as weather and conditions allow

No

No

Markleeville, California

*Reservations can also be made by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777).

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Day Use Areas

Day Use Areas

Season

Fee (Per Day)

*Reservations

Nearest Town(s)

Galena Creek Visitor Center

Year-Round

No

No

Reno, Nevada

Lookout Group Picnic Area

Late May - October, as weather and conditions allow

$35 

Yes, reservations are required at www.recreation.gov.

Verdi/ Bordertown, Nevada

Snowshoe Springs

May - October, as weather and conditions allow No No Markleeville/Woodfords/ South Lake Tahoe, California
Spooner Summit South May - October, as weather and conditions allow No No Carson City, Nevada/ South Lake Tahoe, California

* Reservations can also be made by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777).

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Trailheads

Trailheads

Season

Wilderness Area Access/Entry Point

Trail Access

Nearest Town(s)

Armstrong Pass 

April - November, as weather and conditions allow

No

 

South Lake Tahoe/ Woodfords, California

Ash Canyon May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Carson City, Nevada

Charity Valley East 

May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   South Lake Tahoe/ Woodfords, California
Clear Creek May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Carson City/Genoa, Nevada
Corral Valley  May - October, as weather and conditions allow Carson-Iceberg Wilderness   Coleville, California

Ebbetts Pass

May - October, as weather and conditions allow Carson-Iceberg Wilderness   Bear Valley /Markleeville, California
Fay Luther May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Genoa, Nevada
Genoa May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Genoa, Nevada

High Trail/Carson River Trailhead

May - October, as weather and conditions allow Carson-Iceburg Wilderness   Markleeville, California
Hoge Road  Year-round No   Reno, Nevada
Horizon Hills  Year-round No   Reno, Nevada

Horsethief 

Year-round No   South Lake Tahoe/ Woodfords, California
Jones/Whites Creek  May - November, as weather and conditions allow Mount Rose Wilderness   Reno, Nevada
Kings Canyon May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Carson City, Nevada
Little Antelope May - October, as weather and conditions allow Carson-Iceberg Wilderness   Coleville, California
Mount Rose Welcome Plaza (area is unavailable) Year-round Mount Rose Wilderness   Reno/Inclilne Village, Nevada

Noble Lake

May - October, as weather and conditions allow Mokelumne Wilderness   Markleeville, California
Ophir Creek May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Carson City/Reno, Nevada
Raleigh Hieghts  Year-round No   Reno, Nevada
Red Metal  Year-round No   Reno, Nevada
Snodgrass  May - October, as weather and conditions allow Carson-Iceberg Wilderness   Coleville, California
Stead  May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Reno, Nevada
Tahoe Meadows  May - October, as weather and conditions allow No   Reno/Inclilne Village, Nevada

Tamarack 

May - October, as weather and conditions allow Mokelumne Wilderness   South Lake Tahoe/ Woodfords, California
Thomas Creek  Year-round Mount Rose Wilderness   Reno, Nevada

Thornburg Canyon

May - October, as weather and conditions allow Mokelumne Wilderness   Markleeville/South Lake Tahoe, California
Waterfall Trailhead Year-round No   Carson City, Nevada
West Keystone  Year-round No   Reno, Nevada

Wet Meadows

May - October, as weather and conditions allow Mokelumne Wilderness   South Lake Tahoe/ Woodfords, California
Whites Creek  May - November, as weather and conditions allow Mount Rose Wilderness   Reno, Nevada

Wolf Creek 

May - October, as weather and conditions allow Carson-Iceburg Wilderness   Markleeville, California

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Sno-Parks

Sno-Park

Season

Fee 

Nearest Town(s)

Hope Valley Sno-Park

November 1 - May 30, as weather and conditions allow

California Sno-Park Permit - $5 per day or $25 for the season, per vehicle.

Select link to purchase online. 

Woodfords/ South Lake Tahoe, California

 

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Wilderness Areas

Wilderness Areas

Permits

Acreage

Maps

Nearest Town(s)

Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

Voluntary self- registration

77,862

4.39 MB

Carson City, Nevada/Markleeville, Bridgeport, Walker, and Coleville, California

Mokelumne Wilderness

Voluntary self- registration 20,027 3.70 MB Woodfords/ Markleeville, California
Mount Rose Wilderness Voluntary self- registration 28,617 2.65 MB Incline Village/ Reno, Nevada