Carson Valley Trails Association

Connecting people to the outdoors through a system of trails

63 miles of trails and counting. 6 unique trail systems. Year-round access to outdoor recreation.

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News and Events

December 2022

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FEBRUARY 10, 2022

The photo above was one of the first I had taken early one morning along the River Fork Ranch Trail shortly following our move to the valley from South Florida. Although I have returned to that exact spot countless times, I have not been able to recapture that image. It’s a vivid example of why taking a moment to get out and explore our Carson Valley trails is so special to me. 
This year is my second as Carson Valley Trails Association (CVTA) President. Volunteering my time and service has been and continues to be a pleasure. CVTA’s mission is Connecting People to the Outdoors Through a System of Trails. We’re proud to say that our trails now total more than 54 miles. Is our mission fulfilled? We think not. Just as our community in the Carson Valley is expanding, so must we.
CVTA has begun an expansion project for the Clear Creek trail system. The effort is spearheaded by our VP of Trails Operations Jeremy Vlcan and our amazing team of volunteers. When complete, their efforts will yield an additional eight (8) miles of scenic, sustainable, and fun to walk/ride trail! This trail system, like most other CVTA trails, is built and maintained on public lands managed by governmental agencies such as the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. For the Clear Creek Trail expansion, it has taken 8 years to achieve final government approval.
If our Carson Valley community desires more open spaces, more access to public land, and more trails for hiking, biking and equestrian riding, then our organization must continue to grow. This requires us to expand upon our CVTA donor, membership and volunteer base as well as collaboration with other like-minded organizations and businesses. If we merely maintain the status quo while the community around us grows, our voice may not necessarily be representative for the community, and we run the risk of perhaps being misconstrued as just a very nice club.
This past year, I have spent substantial time collaborating with many of our not-for-profit community peers. Jan Vandermade, Executive Director of the Carson Valley Visitors Authority; Jen Nalder, Executive Director of Main Street Gardnerville; Morgan Steel, Executive Director of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA); Lynda McDowell, the very first Executive Director of TRTA; and Duane Petite, former Project Director of The Nature Conservancy have all volunteered countless hours of their time while sharing ideas, past experiences and guidance. Similarly, several of our CVTA board members regularly attend other organizations’ meetings and activities such as the Eastern Sierra Trails Coalition with the purpose of fostering collaboration and advancing CVTA’s mission.
Our CVTA board recently formed an Emeritus Program to honor and celebrate exceptional past board members for their high achievements and years of service. I am pleased to announce that Mary Bennington, Lorilyn Chitwood, and Barbara Slade are our first inductees into the program. Each of them played a critical role in the development of CVTA’s earlier trails. I look forward to meeting with them and discussing CVTA’s future.
CVTA has taken large strides this past year to lay the foundation for future growth. I thank you all for your continuing support!  

“There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls – food and drink is not all.”
– John Muir

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December 1st, 10:09 am

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A personal emergency beacon is a great gift idea for the outdoorsy person in your family. We just bought a Zoleo and found that it is easy to set up and use. Do you have an emergency device you love? Let us know what it is and why it works for you in the comments field! See MoreSee Less
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November 29th, 10:11 am

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Gorgeous views abound around the Carson Valley! Thank you for sharing your photos! See MoreSee Less
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November 29th, 7:00 am

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November 28th, 7:22 pm

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Support CVTA by shopping our new Etsy store: See MoreSee Less
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November 24th, 10:37 am

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We enjoyed a family stroll along the Martin Slough Trail today. Nothing kicks off the holiday like time spent enjoying our beautiful valley. From our family to yours, have a very happy Thanksgiving! See MoreSee Less
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November 23rd, 9:34 am

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Sharing Etsy’s deal for NEW customers so you can save at our store (this is Etsy’s sale and not ours so their rules apply). See MoreSee Less
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November 22nd, 10:00 am

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There are so many ways to volunteer with CVTA! Yes, we need volunteers who build trails, but we also welcome help planning events, marketing and managing our organization. Meet Tracey! She and her amazing team of volunteers organized the silent auction at our recent Trails Fest. From securing donations, to setting up and running the auction, the event wouldn’t have been a success with them!If you have experience you think would be valuable to CVTA, please reach out to us! See MoreSee Less
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November 17th, 4:48 pm

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Happy Take a Hike Day! Where did you venture today? Post a pic from your outdoor adventure in the comments field below! See MoreSee Less
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