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Carson River Canyon

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Open Space

CarsonRiverCanyonAcres: 871.3 acres
Location: Located east of the Deer Run Road Bridge and through the Carson River Canyon.
Purchase Date: January 2011 Purchased
Purchased Acres: 373.6 acres, 8 parcels 

 A rights-of-way easement along the old railway bed, and across the entire route on the Carson River Canyon Open Space, was purchased by the Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the Virginia and Truckee (V&T) Railway.

From the Deer Run Road Bridge looking east, Carson River Canyon Open Space extends along the south side of the river and is generally inaccessible. Most of the property lies further downriver into the Carson River Canyon (commonly referred to as Brunswick Canyon). The most common access into Carson River Canyon is via Brunswick Canyon Road on the northeast side of the Deer Run Road Bridge.

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Ø Barbeque Ø Picnic Pavilion
Ø Baseball/Softball Fields Ø Picnic Tables
Ø Basketball Courts Ø Playground Equipment
Ø Boating Access Ø Reservable Facility
Dogs Allowed on Leash Ø Restrooms
Δ Dogs Allowed off Leash Ø Restrooms (Sani Huts - Seasonally)
Δ Equestrian Ø Roller Hockey Rink
Ø Equestrian Trails Ø Sand Volleyball Courts
Ø Fishing Access Ø Skateboard Park
Ø Football/Soccer Fields Ø Tennis Courts
Ø Horseshoe Courts Ø Trails (Paved)
Ø Open Grass Area Δ Trails (Unpaved)


Carson River Canyon Open Space may contain the most historic activity and artifacts of all the open space properties. Beginning just upriver, this section of the Carson River played a prominent role during the mining days of the Comstock Era. After ore was mined in Virginia City, it was transferred to any of the great numbers of stamp mills located along the river. The Carson River provided a water source which was necessary for the ore extraction process. Four stamp mills were located in this area: Merrimac Mill, Copper Canyon Mill, Vivian Mill, and the Santiago Mill. Today, the most visible artifact from the stamp mills is a wall from the Merrimac Mill.