CARSON VALLEY — Warm winter days are here as we head into spring.
Carson Valley, just south of Carson City, offers hikers and nature lovers a vast array of terrain, biological zones and elevations for spring hikes that are full of diverse blooming flora.
With the Sierra Nevada range to the west and the Great Basin to the east, Northern Nevada’s most scenic valley is situated in an ecological transition. The valley is rich in all types of wildflowers. Spring hikers may be lucky to spot the rare Carson Valley monkeyflower which grows exclusively in Carson and Washoe Valleys.
Pleasant weather, bluebird skies and miles of open space await spring hikers. Carson Valley is comprised of the four communities of Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa and Topaz Lake, Nevada.
Throughout the region, more than 54 miles of maintained multi-use trails provide hiking options for all abilities, each with a distinct setting and habitat. As high alpine shifts to high desert, visitors can hike among a diverse bloom of trees, shrubs, cacti and wildflowers.
An number of 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.
SOURCE: Carson Valley and Carson Valley Trails Association.