Carson Valley stretches east from the foothills of the majestic Sierra Nevada’s Carson Range to the beautiful Pine Nut Mountains, and south from Carson City to Topaz Lake. Centrally located just 15 miles south of Nevada’s state capital and a 20-minute drive from Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley is recognized as the gem of Northern Nevada – a hidden jewel. Here you can still find miles of open space, expansive ranches and farms, and many historical sites and displays, along with a wealth of outdoor recreation activities still unspoiled by the rapid growth Northern Nevada is experiencing today. Carson Valley encompasses several communities including Genoa, Gardnerville, Minden, and Topaz Lake.
The weather is pleasant and the area enjoys four distinct seasons, with temperatures commonly in the 80's and 90's during the summer and, typically, several inches of snow falling over the course of the winter.
• World-class skiing - click here for a map of all local ski areas!
• Mountain biking
• Horseback riding
• Hot Air ballooning
• Water skiing
Courtesy of Carson Valley Visitors Authority