Carson City

A Bike Friendly Community


Bike-friendly streets make Carson City a perfect place to ride around the capital’s historic districts, nearby attractions, and unique 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.

Mountain Biking


Carson City’s trail system is quickly becoming known as a bucket list destination. Award winning mountain biking trails are just minutes from downtown Carson City, and free from the crowds at Tahoe.

Carson City’s mountain biking trips include intermediate and advanced singletrack trails on the Kings to Ash Connector Trail. The trails leave from the city’s western foothills and climb high above into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where riders can connect to the world-renowned Tahoe Rim and Flume trails.

On the eastern side of Carson City, riders can brave rockier climbs of Centennial Park, which, for the venturous can lead you all the way up to Virginia city on wild horse made singletrack and old mining roads, reaching an altitude of 7,465 feet before a decent back to the north Carson trailhead. The trail begins in the eastern part of Centennial Park above the upper ball fields

Brunswick Canyon and the Carson River Canyon is another challenging eastern trail, featuring a 15-mile climb with over 1,300 feet of elevation gain. The trail begins along the Carson River off Deer Run Road and ends in high desert forest, with several side trip options along the way.

We are working on an interactive trail map of all the trail systems in Carson City with great information to help enjoy your time outdoors. Until then, visit our page with virtual hikes of some of our trails thanks to the Google TrekkerCheck out the maps from Muscle Powered, our trail building organization, or, visit trailforks.com

Road Cycling


Those who enjoy cycling in town can explore the tree-lined streets around the Kit Carson Trail, featuring more than 60 historical landmarks. The nearby V&T Trail is another popular ride, taking cyclists along a section where the old railroad once ran and into Longview Ranch Trails, weaving through quiet neighborhoods and past parks and playgrounds. On the eastern side of the city, the Linear Park Trail takes riders along a paved multi-use path that extends from Governors Field to Moffat Open Space and on to the Mexican Ditch Trail.

More advanced bike routes from Carson City include the Franktown Loop, which offers a scenic ride through estate- and farm-lined roads, Kingsbury Grade, a challenging climb to Lake Tahoe with stunning views along the way, and the ride from Carson City to Virginia City, with a steep climb that leads to this famous old mining town.


BMX Track


From the two-year old learning to balance on the Strider pushbike, to the expert athlete flying over the obstacles with the greatest of ease, to the seasoned rider who still digs the rush of the ride, every track has something fun for every level of rider. And that’s the really great thing about going to the BMX track; big or small, novice or expert, you ride at your own speed. Find out more at Carson City BMX!


Additional Resources


Additional Carson City Biking Resources

MusclePowered.org ”“ Bike and pedestrian advocacy group

BikeCarson.com -Bicycle news, culture, and lifestyle in Carson City, Nevada

The Bike Smith – Local Bike Shop w/ Specialized and Trek Bikes

The Bike Habitat – Local Bike Shop w/ Giant, Surly, and Liv

Bicycle Authority – Local BMX Bike Shop

Carson Tahoe Hotel ”“ Mountain Bike and Cruiser Rentals

Carson City Parks & Recreation ”“ Link to the City’s Open Space and Trails information

Carson City Bicycle Route Map

Highway 50 MTB Adventure – The Best Mountain Bike Road Trip Ever!

Additional Carson City Trails
Hiking Trails
Rafting & Kayaking