The Carson Valley Eagle & Ag Event is a special time to visit and see the Carson Valley
Carson Valley, NV – If you have never ventured over to the Carson Valley or dropped down from South Lake Tahoe for a quick visit, this weekend might be an excellent time to try it. Late January and the entire month of February are typically fascinating in The Carson Valley.
The Summer Green grass is nowhere to be found, but the mountains are dressed in White peaks and Purple shadows. This is because the Carson River typically flows with a higher water level. So the Cattle are herded up and are abundantly showcased along the roadsides. And with the Cattle comes birthing season. (Ok, yes, I just wrote birthing season, a little strange, I know, but hang in there with me.)
A celebrated season for ranchers as they work to grow their herds and all that comes with running a ranch. And an outstanding season for locals and guests as we not only see the little calves bouncing along in the pasture but with The birth of calves, we know that the Eagles are coming to town for their once-a-year feeding frenzy.
On any given day driving on HWY 395, Hwy 88 and Foothill road, you can see Bald Eagles, Golden eagles, Hawks and various other birds of prey in the fields feeding on afterbirth or perched on a fence post or telephone pole waiting for the next opportunity. This might sound all that pleasant from afar, but trust me is pretty spectacular.
So if you are coming to visit, what else is there to do while you are here? The Carson Valley Visitor’s Authority has an entire program for experiencing the birds. There are guided tours, Art shows with some of the best wildlife photography in the area, Dinners, and evening events that are just fun to get out and enjoy. These events take reservations or pre-purchased tickets, so don’t hesitate to contact the Visitors Authority for details.
But Here are 7 recreational opportunities to try while you are in town for the weekend.
- Cycle Foothill Road – Absolutely great weather to hop on your Cycle and cruise Foothill Road from the North Side of the Valley, Through Genoa and on south into California. Also, a great way to watch for the Eagles along the pastors and river valley route.
Hike The Genoa Trail System – One of Sierra REC’s Favorite local trails, this trail has Three entry locations around Genoa and provides excellent views of the Valley. Possible to See Eagles perched in Trees along the path along with other wildlife.
Mountain Bike the Pinenuts – With moderate Temperatures, the Pinenuts are a perfect place to get out the Mountain Bike and explore the wide open range of The Carson Valley’s East Side.
Horseback Ride the Fay Luther Trail – Bring the Horses and enjoy one of our local favorites for recreational Horseback riding & Hiking. Another place to possibly see the Eagles and Hawks perched up in the trees at the base of the Sierra
Fishing Topaz Lake – You caught a glimpse of the Eagles and now want to get the pole out and try a little fishing. Head South on HWY 395 to Topaz Lake. The ongoing Winter Fishing Derby is in full force.
Ski Heavenly Resort: Of course, if you’re a traditional Winter Recreationalist, bring the skis and enjoy a few runs on Heavenly.
Explore the Tahoe Rim Trail – Just above the Carson Valley in the Tahoe Rim Trail. Great starting points for a day hike on both the Kingsbury Grade side and the Spooner Summit side of the Valley. During heavy snow fall years, the trail heads at Brotovich off Kingsbury and Spooner summit provide exceptional snowshoe locations.
Soak in a Hot spring – A winter soak in a hot spring might just be one of the best ideas after a day of travel around the Valley. Genoa Hot springs is a popular place to enjoy nature and a little luxury.
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Featured image courtesy of Kim Steed. Young Calf uncertain of Visitor