Carson Valley, Nevada

Just south of Carson City and a short drive from Lake Tahoe lies Carson Valley, a quiet agricultural area that has seen considerable growth but remains a friendly ranching community. Travelers looking for a place to get away while still staying within minutes of world-class skiing and boarding, hiking, biking, rafting, horseback riding, water sports, wildlife watching and fishing will fall in love with the area. It’s an enchanting mix of natural beauty, historic sightseeing, amazing outdoor recreation and old-fashioned hospitality.

Carson Valley was named after 19th-century trailblazer Kit Carson. The Carson River, also named in honor the famed scout, flows through the center of the valley, providing lush habitat for birds and fish. To the west stand the Sierra, Nevada, where outdoor recreation abounds no matter what time of year. In Genoa, which claims the title of the state’s first permanent settlement, visitors can tour the replica Mormon Station, originally built in 1851, and the 1860s-era Courthouse Museum. The town centers of Minden and Gardnerville have been rejuvenated to show off their late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture, and visitors can peruse charming shops, dine in diverse restaurants and stay in one of the many welcoming hotels and motels. Boating, fishing and lodging are found at Topaz Lake, 21 miles to the south.

Carson Valley is known for its many events, which range from car shows and parades to Oktoberfest and Harvest Festival. There are motocross races, bike rides, fun runs, historical reenactments, golf tournaments and much more. And among the most noted of these has to be February’s annual Eagles and Agriculture, a fantastic opportunity to see and photograph bald eagles. Spotters, transportation, expert assistance and access to private ranches round out the event. Another favorite in the area is Carson Valley Days, celebrating the birthday of the Valley with a four-day carnival with no end of food and fun, not to mention a concert series, parade, art show and more.

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Carson Valley Inn
Minden, NV

The Carson Valley Inn features free live entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge on Sunday through Wednesday from 6:00 to 10 p.m., Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Carson Valley
Carson Valley Area, NV

Just south of Carson City and a short drive from Lake Tahoe lies scenic Carson Valley, a quiet agricultural area that has seen considerable growth, but remains a friendly ranching community.

Anglers Edge
Gardnerville, NV

Angler's Edge Fly Shop has been serving the Carson Valley for more than 20 years, suporting both local and vacationing fishermen. They not only offer equipment and materials for fly fishing and fly-tying, but guiding, fly fishing lessons from casting to entomology, fly tying classes with expert tying instructors and rod and reel repairs.

 

Minden, NV

Glorious festivities dot the calender from the Candy Cane Lane drive thru at Carson Valley Inn to the Douglas County Historical Society's Annual Holiday Gala, Dec. 3-7. (see listing)

Minden, NV

Eagles & Agriculture, the Carson Valley’s celebration of wildlife and ranching, has set its schedule for its thirteenth year of exploring the interaction between eagles and other raptors and the ranches of Carson Valley. Headquartered at the Carson Valley Inn and set for February 19-22, 2015, this year’s lineup includes one new offering along with long time favorites.

Thursday night, the Opening Reception at Holiday Inn Express brings together some of the area's most accomplished wildlife photographers for an exhibit and the kestrel and snowy owl will return as well.