The Carson Valley Escape

Within its 751 square miles of scenic territory, Carson Valley offers a multitude of naturally physically distant recreation opportunities perfect for a mental health getaway. Whether on horseback, bike, OHV or foot, visitors could start on a trail and not see another soul for hours.

From wide open ranches to world class soaring, trails and off-road adventures, there’s an activity for all abilities and all levels.

Western Heritage with Modern flare for Adventure

Carson Valley visitors are often captivated by a community that has treasured and preserved its open spaces and western heritage. Museum are wrapped by open fields and high rising peaks. Yet the adventure community of bike riders, cyclists, off road enthusiasts and high flying gliders soaring in the sky’s above leave locals and visitors alike with plenty of adrenaline fulfilling days and entertaining weekends.

Fishing Excursions

Spring in the Carson Valley also means some of the regions best fishing. Topaz Lake is typically stocked and ready for great fishing in early spring and the Carson River offers additional opportunities to catch that spring activity. Need a guide? The folks at The Angler’s Edge offer guided trips in California and Nevada that are geared to your particular needs and experience level. They have all the local knowledge needed for a successful day of fishing. Make them your first stop before you ”tackle” Topaz Lake.

Tee It up at one of Four World Class Golf Courses

The Carson Valley is blessed with tremendous skylines and wide open golf shots. Take on four of the “divine Nine golf” courses here on the Eastern Sierra front. River front courses as well as high desert link style courses will challenge every golfer and provide for the scenic beauty that brings calm to everyone’s game. 

Tee it up in Genoa, Nevada oldest settlement or head south of town to the regional country club river course featuring towering cotton woods. 

Then head to the north side of the valley to take on the challenging and rewarding Sunridge Golf with its elevated tees and link style layout.

Wide Open Spaces and Wild horses

Looking to get a little dirty and disappear from culture a bit? The Pinenut Range to the East of HWY 395 is all BLM public Access Land. Featuring hundreds fo miles of dirt roads and open range to explore.

Motorbikes, OHV 4×4 vehicles, Campers and hikers spend their weekends racing through the rugged desert mountain landscape. Full of wildlife, old mining relics and 360 degree panoramic of the Eastern Sierra Front.

For the lucky few, discover the home of some of Nevada’s most beloved wild horse herds.

Book a tour with local legends as they photograph the local heard weekly and have a keen sense of discovery when looking for the herd with guests.    

Skys the Limit in the Carson Valley

When searching out vacation plans in the Sierra the basic searches for Tahoe, Mammoth or Yosemite are likely to rank high on all lists, but maybe as we come out of 2021 and into a new year the place to search is Carson Valley Nevada. Better Yet search what is up with the skies in the Carson valley.

The Carson Valley is located on the Eastern edge of the Sierra just below south Lake Tahoe on HWY 395. It is well known locally for its location because of the extraordinary views it provides when traveling through or dropping in on a weekend festival or music event. Is the spring when the snow capped peaks of the Sierra dress up the skyline and the evening sunsets and stars bring out the traditional Sierra Purple mountain shade, the Carson valley transforms into a postcard. The green grass of the fields , mixed with freshly born calves in the valley are teaming with wildlife and photographers gather in delight as the Eagles and Hawks swoop down from the mountains to post up for a fresh feeding frenzy. Stick around the Carson Valley a few days and it may become obvious to you that in the Carson Valley the sky’s the key to unlocking the wide open space that is the Carson Valley.

Hot air Balloon rides Tahoe

Take to the Air On Bucket List Adventure

World renowned by pilots for some of the best gliding mountain airstreams in the world, Carson Valley is home to the incredible aerial adventures that everyone should try. Gliding, Floating, solo flights and sky diving are bucket list adventures on many people’s lists. Carson Valley has some of the finest opportunities in the West for all four of thm. Soaring NV, a local service provider taking guests out on glider rides over the Sierra front and into Lake Tahoe basin alolows you to pick bucket list items such as a gentle ride over the valley or a more adventurous ride into the Tahoe basin. Or maybe it is time that you learn to fly a glider on your own, there is no better place to learn..

Growing popularity of hot Air balloon rides in the valley are seen each morning as the cool cason valley skies provide pilots some of the longest float times available. Scenic vista views coupled with the possible view of wild horses running through the desert floor below. Next 

level adventures might also find jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet with Lake Tahoe in the backdrop and the lush valley floor below a great bucket list item to check off in the Carson valley.  Carson Valley airport is a great little  spot to fly into for a weekend adventure trip with a private plane.

Why Carson Valley Flying

One of the most spectacularly scenic ranges in the country also happens to be one of the loftiest destinations for glider rides in the U.S., thanks to reliable year-round soaring conditions. Ideal mountain wave conditions propel powerful air currents sought after by glider pilots from all corners of the globe. These constantly flawless soaring conditions mean glider rides can last all day, with long-distance flight plans not only within the realm of possibility but the basis for a regular Soaring NV tour option. For glider pilots, the Carson Valley and eastern Sierra region are one of the only places in the country to realistically earn the Diamond FAI Gliding badge, which requires both long-distance and high elevation gliding—conditions not frequently possible in other mountainous regions around the country or even world.* source

From the Air to the Hot Spring

After a day floating in the sky, what better way to end the day then a nice soak at Genoa Hot Springs. Watch The sunset over the Sierra and the valley transform into an evening delight as you sip a glass of wine and soak in the region’s most luxurious hot springs.

unplugged and legendary Holiday Inn Club Vacations David Walley’s Resort in Genoa, NV.  

David Walley’s

1862 David Walley’s is a historic landmark.

Nestled outside of historic Genoa, the year-round retreat boasts picturesque 360-degree views of the Sierra Nevada and an award-winning spa. If you’re an early riser you’re sure to enjoy the trails through geothermals just outside your room.  Later, stop by one of the two on-site restaurants for a breakfast burrito before choosing the rest of your day.

Your table is ready

After checking off the air time in the Carson Valley sit back and enjoy award winning cuisine. Locals favorites such as the Carson Valley Steakhouse, The JT or the Pink house in Nevada Oldest settlement of Genoa rank high on many lists. 

Complete your weekend getaway in the Carson Valley with a little more wide open space. Book a tour of the pine nuts with a local legend looking for the wild horses of Nevada. 

Or book a link package at one of the region fine Golf courses that are offer a wide open range of views and options for course design.



Publisher of Sierra Rec Magazine. An avid hiker and explorer of mountain lifestyle and adventure. I love to discover new trails, hike along rivers and hang a hammock along the shores of a mountain lake. I often great people on the trail and have found some of my favorite places from the advice of people I meet in the Wilderness. I love the sierra and just like sharing what I know.

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