• By Albert Depew

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Welcome to Carson City Parks, Recreation, and Open Space

The mission of Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space is
to provide exceptional parks, open space, and diverse recreational opportunities to
enhance the quality of life in Carson City, while preserving our natural resources for
future generations.

COVID - 19 Response 
Questions regarding Carson City’s parks system may be made by calling 775.887.2262, emailing LKeller@carson.org, or visiting the City’s website at Carson.org/parksandrec. To reschedule or make a reservation call 775.887.7425 or email parksinfo@carson.org. 


Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space is pleased to announce the re-opening of some of its recreation facilities and services, compliant with the Governor’s Directives. 

Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC) – 1860 Russell Way 
Opens June 5 - reservations required 
Hours: 8am-7pm daily

Reservations can be made at www.carson.org/ccpr under “Reservation Request” and by clicking on “Recreation Quick Reserve.” Reservations can also be made by phone at (775) 887-2339 or in person during operating hours. To make a reservation through a MAC membership or Punch Pass, please call or visit in person. To follow state guidelines and reduce gatherings, only 3 people will be allowed on a ½ court basketball court, 4 people on a pickleball court, and up to 10 people on the walking track at one time. Basketball games or pickleball rotations will not be permitted. A basketball court rental is $9 and pickleball court rental is $12 ($3 per person allowed on the reservation). Participants should bring all their own equipment, as basketballs, pickleballs and paddles will not be loaned out at this time. Restrooms will be available; however, changing areas will be closed. Additional social distancing measures will be in place. 

Carson City Aquatic Facility (841 N. Roop St. in Mills Park)
Opens June 8 – reservations required
Hours:  Mondays-Fridays: 5:45am-2pm and 4pm-7pm
  Saturdays:  9:45am-2pm
  Sundays:  Closed 

Beginning Monday, June 8, the 50-meter pool and Therapy Pool will be open and available to the public. Reservations can be made at www.carson.org/ccpr under “Reservations Request” and by clicking on “Recreation Quick Reserve.” Reservations can also be made by calling (775) 887-2242 or in person during regular operating hours. Lanes can be reserved for lap swim only, one person per lane or up to three people per lane if they come from the same household. A maximum of 8 people will be allowed in the Therapy Pool at one time.  Restrooms and showers will be available but access to lockers/changing areas will be closed. Please come and leave in your swim attire to reduce the number of people gathering and changing at the facility. Participants should bring all their own equipment, as fins, kickboards and other aqua fitness equipment will not be loaned out at this time. Water exercise classes will be offered in a later phase. Additional social distancing measures will be in place. 

Carson City Community Center
Opens June 8
Hours: Mondays-Fridays: 10am-6:30pm

Instructor led classes may resume as soon as individual instructors are ready and have the required social distancing measures in place. 

Camp Carson
Camp Carson Summer Youth Program will begin Monday, June 29th.  Recreation staff will contact those who signed up on the waiting list, based on order of sign-up, to register for camp beginning next week. 

Outdoor Recreation Facilities
Neighborhood Parks, trails, outdoor sport courts, skateparks, shooting facilities, archery range, golf course, and disc golf are all open with restrictions. Picnics and park gatherings with groups less than 50 people are allowed. Playgrounds and sports fields will remain closed at this time. 

Thank you to the Carson City community for your patience and understanding while facilities were closed these past several weeks. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Dan Earp, Recreation Superintendent at djearp@carson.org or 775.283.7422. For more information on this and other community events, please visit www.carson.org/parksandrec.

 Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts-OPEN

Participants are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and wipes to keep equipment clean. 

 Eagle Valley Golf Course – OPEN 

Operated by Duncan Golf.  For restrictions, tee times, hours and fees visit:  duncangolfreno.com or call 775.887.2380.

 Carson Ridge Disc Golf Park-OPEN

Park is open daily sunrise to sunset.  Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, bring hand sanitizer and wipes to keep discs and equipment clean. Groups must be less than 10 people. If the parking lot is full upon arrival, please choose another time to participate.  There may be periodic course closures for on-going maintenance activities.  Please check carson.org/parksandrec and social media for scheduling updates.

 Carson City Archery Range- OPEN

Operated by Clear Creek Bowmen. For restrictions, hours and fees visit:  clearcreekbowmen.com.

 Capitol City Gun Club – OPEN

Operated by Capitol City Gun Club.  For restrictions, hours and fees visit capitolcitygunclub.org   or call 775.882.9904.

Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range – OPEN for drop-in use to the public


  • Long Range-10 covered and 10 prone stations open (every other station available)
  • Short Range-10 stations open
  • Shooting Bays limited to groups less than 10 people.
  • Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, bring hand sanitizer and wipes to keep shooting tables/stations and equipment clean before and after shooting. 
  • If all shooting stations are occupied upon arrival, participants are asked to please wait safely in their vehicle until a station becomes available.
  • Reservations are available to groups less than 10 people with insurance and a Range Safety Officer. To make a reservation email:  ccrange@carson.org or submit a reservation request online at carson.org/range.  
Volunteer NRA Range Safety Officers are needed to extend the hours, while restrictions are still in place to ensure compliance.  To volunteer, please contact Mike Evans, Range Coordinator at 775.887.2262 or email mgevans@carson.org

The following programs/events are cancelled:

  • Capital Kids Before and After School Program
  • Camp Carson
  • Interpretive Hikes (Full Moon Hike, Walk in the Weeds etc.)
  • Drivers Education
  • Roller Derby
  • Sierra In-line Hockey
  • Youth and adult sports (MAC and Carson Middle School)
  • Adaptive Programs: Movers and Doers
  • April 20th Open Space Advisory Committee meeting
  • Western Nevada Musical Theater
  • RSVP Spring Carnival
  • Comstock Shootout
  • BLM Memorial Tournament 
  • Ash to Kings Trail

    Amidst COVID-19, this guide is meant to be used as a resource to use a variety of trails so no one trail becomes too crowded. Enjoy the abundance of trails in the region, but please adhere to social distancing guidelines when visiting trails.

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    Learn about community based programs, educational opportunities, events, facilities, activities for all ages and more. Tour the interactive guide, download or print. This guide is made possible through agency partnerships and community contributions.

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    If you’re interested in volunteering, adopting a trail, or making a difference in your community, Parks, Recreation and Open Space provide many opportunities to get involved. Providing feedback is another simple way you can make a big difference.

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  • Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on the native plant Desert Sage, Salvia dorrii.

    In October 2018, Carson City became the 76th Bee City USA affiliate in the nation, and the first in the state – setting an example for the rest of Nevada to choose to promote pollinator populations too.

  • Annual Report

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Empire Ranch Trail Re-Opened

Post Date:11/15/2019 1:56 PM

The Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department is pleased to announce the Empire Ranch Trail between Riverview Park and Morgan Mill has been reopened.

 The 1.6-mile section of the non-motorized trail was closed as a result of the 2017 flood, which left the trail severely damaged.  Users should be aware that in some areas the path is soft or has uneven surfaces, and some flood debris adjacent to the trail remains.  Users are also asked to respect wildlife habitat along the Carson River by keeping dogs on a leash or under voice control and also to stay clear of the private property to the west of the trail.

 The department is also looking for an organization or group willing to “adopt” the Empire Ranch Trail under their new Adopt-a-Trail program. 

 For additional information about the Empire Ranch Trail or the Adopt-a-Trail program, please contact Gregg Berggren, Trails Coordinator, 775-887-2262, ext.7219, or gberggren@carson.org.

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