Times are weird, right? We wholeheartedly understand those mixed feelings of wanting to get out of your house but still wanting to avoid groups of people. Here’s our list of all the activities you can enjoy outdoors that make it easy to social distance and stay safe this summer.
Hit the Trail
What better way to discover Carson City than from the trail? With easily accessible trails right from downtown, there’s a trail for every age and ability. Some of our favorites are the Kings Canyon Waterfall Trail, Ash to Kings Trail, Prison Hill Upper Loop, Bob’s Trail at Ash Canyon, the Mexican Ditch Trail, or Wild Horse Trail. Whether it’s by foot or by bike, there’s incredible views to be seen here in Carson City. Here’s the comprehensive list of trails in Carson City.
Walk the Capitol Grounds
One of Carson City’s more beautiful areas to wander is around our most notable building in town. The Capitol Grounds area is blanketed with lovely trees that make it shaded and scenic. The trees have a history of their own as they were planted and donated by the well-known Ferris family (creators of the Ferris Wheel). Behind the Capitol building you’ll discover the Veteran’s War Memorial and the Battle Born Memorial (just installed in 2018). Both worth taking a moment to see.
Take a Carson Canyon Railbike Tour
During Carson City’s newest attraction, pedal your way through history aboard a railbike along the historic Virginia & Truckee train route into the stunning Carson River Canyon. The motor-assisted railbikes provide a comfortable trip out of the canyon and across the V&T Railway. This one of a kind tour is 75 – 90 minutes and is for all ages. Rides begin August 8th! Trust us, this is one fun ride.
Take a Dip at the Carson Hot Springs
Need to rest the bones after hitting the trail? Take a dip in the newly remodeled Carson Hot Springs. The large outdoor pool offers space to relax. Take a couple minutes under the infamous “Hammer” to really relieve any tensions from the day. If you’re looking for isolation or feel more comfortable in a room of your own, private spa rooms are available to rent on a first come, first serve basis. Afterwards, grab some delicious grub from Sassafras or try an award-winning beer on the patio at Shoe Tree Brewing Company. Both share a parking lot with the hot springs. (If you do all three you’ve completed the Carson City Trifecta – way to go!)
Explore Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum
The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum is one of the most interesting, historical sites to visit while in Carson City. The Stewart Indian School served as the only off-reservation Indian boarding school in Nevada from 1890 through 1980, and its stone buildings are an icon of education and life for many American Indians in the West. In 1985 the school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District and is currently managed by the State of Nevada. If your comfortable going indoors we highly recommend seeing the new museum that just opened this year. If only outdoor options are for you right now, the audio walking tour (done from your cell phone) is a great way to learn about the historic buildings and history of the campus too.
Walk the Kit Carson Trail
This historic walking trail is a visitor favorite. The Kit Carson Trail is a walking or driving path through Carson City’s historic west side district. It features stops at landmarks including Victorian-style homes (like the Ferris Family’s), museums and churches. Each tells a story of the capital city’s history. All roads and sidewalks are paved making this trail ADA-friendly. It’s a must-do while visiting.
Picnic at One of Our Many Parks
With more than 15 parks here in Carson City there’s numerous picnic spots to choose from. One of our favorite’s is Carson River Park. With picnic tables near the Carson River and stunning trails surrounding to stroll after lunch, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.
The Farmers Market
Carson City’s award-winning Farmers Market is a local favorite. Located at the corner of 3rd and Curry Street every Saturday in the summer, we highly recommend stopping by for some of the freshest produce, wonderful artisan gifts and more. The market has taken extreme safety measures to make it comfortable for patrons to safely shop.
Fishing is plentiful in Carson City if you need some quiet time in the wild to snag a line. We suggest fishing the Carson River for some serene views.
Drive-In Movies at the Brewery Arts Center
What a better way to social distance than at the Drive-In? The Brewery Arts Center is hosting five free drive-in movies in the campus parking lot starting on July 8th. All shows will begin at 8p.m., on Wednesday’s and Thursdays. Audio will be broadcast through FM radio, and safety precautions will be in place. Space is limited so an RSVP for your vehicle is highly encouraged as the first movie sold-out quickly.
Take a Planetary Walk at the Observatory
The Jack C. Davis Observatory’s Planetary Trail is a great learning experience for kids and adults! Take the short trail from the Observatory parking lot to learn about stars, planets, and moons while surrounded by some of Carson City’s more stunning views of the Sierra. The trail ends and connects with the paved V&T trail if you’d like to extend your walk.
Stroll our Beautiful Downtown
Lastly, you haven’t seen all of Carson City until you’ve taken a stroll down Carson and Curry Street. You’ll find great shopping, antique stores, wonderful locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops that create the charm and quaintness that is beloved bout Carson City. Stop in McFadden Plaza for an ice cream treat at Scoups, or enjoy a glass of wine or small plates at the newest restaurant, Piazza. Just looking for a great patio to grab a beer? Fox Brewpub has you covered.
There’s loads to discover about Carson City that can all be done safely outside. Come discover your capital today!