Description - The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest extends along the eastern front of the the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the Nevada/California border in a strip about 15 miles wide and 96 miles long. From a few miles northwest of Reno, the lands stretch to the south along the Carson Range, passing between Lake Tahoe and Carson City, then on to Sonora Peak on the crest and Topaz Lake at the foot.
The Washo Indians inhabited the eastern slopes of these mountains in northern Nevada and eastern California. The name "Toiyabe" comes from from a Shoshone Indian term meaning the "lack mountains" and from a distance, these mountains look black because of the dark green pinyon and juniper stands covering the mountain range.
Furthermore the Carson City Field Region offers visitors to the area many differing recreational opportunities such as fishing, historical sites, camping, wildlife viewing within volcanic canyons horse back riding, etc.
- The Carson City Field Region supplies various recreational opportunities for visitors to the area, these include:
The Pony Express Trail: Historic sites associated with the Pony Express, Transcontinental Telegraph, and Transcontinental Stage are located in the Carson City, Battle Mountain and Ely Districts.
Indian Creek Recreation Area: Camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing are popular a few miles up the road from picturesque Markleeville, CA. This is a developed recreation area with campgrounds, picnic area, hiking trails, and group facilities. Located at elevations between 5,600 and 6,600 feet, this scenic area is surrounded by a mixed conifer forest.
Marietta Wild Burro Range: Marietta is the nation's first formally recognized wild burro range. Located in a panoramic setting, visitors may catch a glimpse of burros roaming freely near the ruins of the historic mining town of Marietta and Teels Marsh
Wilson Canyon: State Route 208 follows the West Walker River through a narrow, twisting canyon of volcanic cliffs. This Watchable Wildlife site has sheer walls including crevices and ledges for the nests of white throated swifts, cliff swallows, and rock wrens. Many other raptors may be seen along the river corridor.
Walker Lake Recreation Area: One of two large natural lakes in Nevada, Walker Lake provides natural habitat for endangered Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. The 38,000 acre lake has a shoreline which varies from steep and rocky on the west side to fine white beaches on its eastern side. A boat ramp and primitive camping facilities are provided on the western shoreline along U.S. Hwy. 95.
Grimes Point/Hidden Cave Archaeological Site: Grimes Point was first visited by Native Americans perhaps 8,000 years ago or more. Visitors can view examples of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock art). In addition to the self-guided interpretive trails at Grimes Point, there is a guided educational program provided for those interested in learning more about Great Basin Prehistory.
Recreation - Facilities in this Bureau of Land Management Region include, wildlife viewing, bird watching, scenic viewing, camping, fishing, picnicking, mountain biking, OHVs, historical sites and scenic driving.
Climate - Summers at the fort are hot with daytime highs of 94°F and nighttime lows of 58°F in July. Winters are cold with occasional snow.
The Carson City Field Region is located towards central-western Nevada. The recreational areas are supplied by highways 80, 395, 95 and 50.