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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As a non-profit group run by volunteers, we rely on your generosity. 100% of your donation goes toward our valley’s trails.

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February 2023

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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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January 31st, 4:05 pm

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Snowshoe the River Fork Ranch Trail System See MoreSee Less
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January 31st, 8:30 am

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Since we’re all about active living…Tomorrow is the Active Living Health Fair located on the gym floor of the Douglas County Community and Senior Center. Join us from 8am to 12 pm to visit with multiple vendors and learn about the latest in health and wellness! This is a free event!! See you all tomorrow! See MoreSee Less
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January 30th, 4:43 pm

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Looking for a beginner-friendly place to try snowshoeing or cross country skiing? Look no further than the River Fork Ranch trail system! Just a mile east of Genoa, we parked at the north trailhead off Genoa Lane.The 2 mile West Fork Trail is flat and rewards you with views of the mountains and the Carson River. The Nature Conservancy owns this trail system. Dogs are not permitted to protect the wildlife (we recommend check out one of our many dog-friendly trails with your four-legged friends.We heard the snowpack is still good so get out there to enjoy the crisp, clear winter weather! See MoreSee Less
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January 26th, 3:23 pm

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Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for our winter wonderland slide show. Please keep tagging us in your winter adventures! We love to see how you explore our magical snowy valley! See MoreSee Less
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January 17th, 10:00 am

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Looking for a snowshoe spot on the Valley floor? Jacks Valley is a great place to explore after a fresh snow. See MoreSee Less
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January 10th, 5:29 am

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Today is National Save Bald Eagles Day! One way you can show support for these majestic animals, and our valley, is to attend the annual Eagles and Ag event coming January 27-30. See MoreSee Less
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