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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.

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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

    Check out programs and highlights from the 2018 year!


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

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