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Enjoy the new Genoa Vista Trail

By February 26, 2013

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The Genoa Vista Trail opened in late January, 2013. This new place to enjoy the northern Nevada outdoors is located near the historic town of Genoa, in the Carson Valley just a few miles south of Carson City.

Hikers, Genoa Vista Trail, in the Carson Valley near Genoa, Nevada, NV
Opening day crowd on the Genoa Vista Trail, in the Carson Valley near Genoa, Nevada. Photo © Stan White.

The Genoa Vista Trail runs from the south edge of Genoa to 1862 David Walley's Resort, a distance of 1.3 miles. The pathway is on the east side of Foothill Road (Nevada 206) and passes through The Nature Conservancy's River Fork Ranch.

Genoa Vista Trail is paved the whole way, making it ideal for walking, skating, running, biking, and simply enjoying the expansive views across the Carson Valley. There is another reason this trail will be popular - birding. The Carson Valley is world famous for attracting large numbers of birds, with raptors and waterfowl of particular interest. Many acres of wetlands bring the latter. Bald eagles and other powerful predatory birds have discovered fertile hunting grounds here, with a lack of dense urban areas and large open spaces preserved by ranching and agriculture.

This is obviously not your strenuous mountain trail climb. However, should you wish to explore further, there are several more challenging trails nearby. For more information, refer to information provided by the Carson Valley Trails Association.

For more information about getting outdoors in the Reno area, go to my information about hiking trails and biking trails. You'll find lots from which to choose.

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March 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm
(1) Kara says:

The trail looks all nice and new, although the remaining stretch into the town of Genoa is still yet to be completed. The trail works well if you are on foot or pushing a stroller, but biking is something that does not work well here, due to the pedestrians walking 3 or 4 across the path oblivious to bikes approaching. Even calling out doesn’t seem to get their attention. This is a will be essentially a sidewalk. There is a bike lane on the highway that works much better as far as pedestrian bike interaction go.

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