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Carson City Outdoor Recreation

Hiking Trails

Nestled at the foot of Nevada’s Eastern Sierra mountain range, Carson City affords visitors access to many scenic hiking trails.

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Biking & Cycling

Bike-friendly streets make Carson City a perfect place to ride around the capital’s historic districts, nearby attractions, downtown shops and restaurants. The area’s temperate weather provides Lake Tahoe-area cycling nearly year-round, including recreational routes along the scenic Carson River and more advanced terrain for serious mountain biking.

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Northern Nevada is a true golfing mecca, and some of the best can be found in and around Carson City. There are nine incredible courses in the area that give everyone from aspiring pros to amateurs a chance to play courses with challenging topography and a stunning Sierra backdrop.

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Water Sports

Carson City water trails weave through a colorful maze of high desert scenery, Comstock history, and elusive wildlife, with whitewater kayaking and rafting adventures for every skill level.

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Winter Activities

Carson City is the perfect winter destination with its close proximity to Lake Tahoe and world-class ski resorts without the driving hassles. Visitors can head up to the mountains for skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding. 

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Hang Gliding and Hot Air Balloons

Hang gliding, soaring and hot air balloon rides, arguably one of the most thrilling ways to experience Carson Cities nearby landscapes.  Available throughout the year, weather permitting. 

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Serene fishing spots might be Northern Nevada’s best kept secret. Wildlife abounds around the foothills of the Eastern Sierra, as well as the surrounding lakes and streams, and Carson City's traditionally mild weather makes it a year-round affair.

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Enjoy one of the numerous parks and picnic grounds in Carson City. Many of the parks have lighted tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, athletic fields and playgrounds.

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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding remains a popular activity for visitors and it’s easy to understand why. Guided tours at Lake Tahoe or through the Mt. Rose Wilderness take riders through aspen groves, meadows and pine forests complete with picturesque views. 

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