Carson City Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Rd., Carson City, Nevada 89701-1448 (775) 885-6000
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 1 1/2 mile hike at the base of the scenic Desatoya Mountains provides access to the Cold Springs Pony Express Station.
Indian Creek Recreation Area
Camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing are popular a few miles up the road from picturesque Markleeville, CA. This is a developed recreation area with campgrounds, picnic area, hiking trails, and group facilities. Located at elevations between 5,600 and 6,600 feet, this scenic area is surrounded by a mixed conifer forest. The campground is open from May to late September, depending on the weather. There are fees for day use and overnight camping.
Comstock National Historic District / Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Historic cemeteries, railroads, mines, headframes, shafts, rock workings and buildings dot the landscape. The historic towns of Virginia City and Dayton provide services and tourist developments. Exploring the area by mountain bike or off-highway vehicles is popular. For your safety, view mining features from a distance unless they are specifically open to visitors. Open mine shafts and tunnels are inviting but hazardous; stay out and stay alive!
Marietta Wild Burro Range
Marietta is the nation's first formally recognized wild burro range. Located in a panoramic setting, visitors may catch a glimpse of burros roaming freely near the ruins of the historic mining town of Marietta and Teels Marsh. A high clearance vehicle is needed. No facilities or services are currently available.
Walker Lake Recreation Area
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.
State Route 208 follows the West Walker River through a narrow, twisting canyon of volcanic cliffs. This Watchable Wildlife site has sheer walls including crevices and ledges for the nests of white throated swifts, cliff swallows, and rock wrens. Many other raptors may be seen along the river corridor. There are drive by pull-outs and facilities at the west end of the canyon.
East Fork of the Carson River
There are many opportunities for whitewater boating and trophy trout fishing. A 20-mile river trip starts near Markleeville, CA. at Hangman's Bridge. Outstanding river scenery, wildlife viewing and hot springs are all seen along this river.
National Wild Horse & Burro Placement Center at Palomino Valley
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.
Grimes Point/Hidden Cave Archaeological Site
Grimes Point was first visited by Native Americans perhaps 8,000 years ago or more. Visitors can view examples of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock art). In addition to the self-guided interpretive trails at Grimes Point, there is a guided educational program provided for those interested in learning more about Great Basin Prehistory. Contact the BLM Carson City Field Office for information on guided educational programs.
Sand Mountain Recreation Area
The main feature of this area is a 600-foot high, two-mile long white sand dune. The area attracts off-highway vehicle recreationists. An interpretive area around the Sand Springs Pony Express Station <2_pony_express.htm> is open for self-guided walking tours. Primitive camping facilities are available.
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.