Carson Valley Trails Association

Connecting people to the outdoors through a system of trails

66 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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News and Events

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CVTA Minden Mill Mixer & Wine Tasting - This event is currently full

CVTA Minden Mill Mixer & Wine Tasting – This event is currently full

February 24, 2024    
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us to explore the wines at Minden Mill & Distillery. Wine tasting is $20 and includes 4 tasters. Meet other members or bring friends […]

February 2024

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  • CVTA Board Meeting

See long-time CVTA volunteer Mary Erba leading host Chis Orr on a hike up the Genoa Canyon trail.  Filmed Summer 2023.  The CVTA segment starts at 20:17.

CVTA volunteer Erica Roselius recently appeared in a segment for Outside Lake Tahoe. She highlighted the ability to enjoy our multi-use trails right now which, unlike those in higher elevations, are mainly snow-free. 

Special thanks to Visit Carson Valley and Erica for making this happen. Check it out!

The James Lee Loops trail project was recently approved by the USFS in February. At roughly 3.7 miles in length, these loops will provide several flat loop opportunities in the vicinity of Jacks Valley Elementary School and James Lee Park. Hikers, dog walkers, bikers and equestrians will be able to choose variable trail loops as short as 1.5 miles, or longer loops of 3 or more miles. When used in combination with the Jacks Valley Loop and Clear Creek Trail, over 10 miles can be traversed with almost no overlap in this area of Jacks Valley. Trail work will begin as the snow retreats this spring. If you would like to help with this project and ongoing maintenance on all of our trails in Carson Valley, contact us at Contact CVTA – Carson Valley Trails Association

For other trails in Nevada, see the Nevada Trail Finder.

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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February 19th, 11:40 am

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February 14th, 10:00 am

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100% of profits from our shop support the building and maintaing of our trails. #WhyCV #gardnerville #hiking #gardnervillenv #gardnervillenevada #carsonvalleynevada #mountainbiking #mindennv See MoreSee Less
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February 10th, 7:00 am

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Thanks to your support we have built and maintain 66 miles of trails! #WhyCV #gardnervillenv #gardnervillenevada #carsonvalleynevada #mindennv #mountainbiking #carsonvalleynv #carsonvalley See MoreSee Less
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February 7th, 8:01 pm

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Approaching a horse? Slow your roll. They can smell you coming and some can be easily spooked. Stop, say hi, and ask how to pass by. See MoreSee Less
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February 3rd, 2:26 pm

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Sierra Canyon Trail today before the storms hits See MoreSee Less
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February 3rd, 12:07 pm

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Douglas County recently adopted an updated Comprehensive Trails Plan and we were proud to be part of the technical advisory committee. It’s exciting to see so many partners come together to asses the current state of trails and create a blueprint for the future. An updated plan is vital for purposes of setting priorities for projects that have the greatest public benefit, seeking funding, acquiring rights of way or easements, setting design guidelines, and so much more. See MoreSee Less
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January 24th, 7:27 pm

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Congrats to our friends at Muscle Powered on their award for the Capital to Tahoe trail! 🏆 See MoreSee Less
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December 30th, 11:39 am

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A quick reminder to help us keep our trails clean for everybody by picking up after your dog (that includes being aware so you notice when he is doing his business). If everyone thinks,” It’s just me and my one dog” this is what happens…Our dedicated trail guardian Brenda Gissell picks up dog poop when she goes on every hike. Each of these pics is her collection for just ONE hike! Wowee! Let’s clean up after our pups so poor Brenda doesn’t have to carry these ginormous poop bags with her on every hike 😃And also THANK YOU Brenda! See MoreSee Less
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