Carson City Ranger Station
The Carson City Ranger District headquarters and ESIA bookstore is located at the north end of Carson City, Nevada (NV state capital), on the west side of U.S. Highway 395 next to the railroad museum.
The center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. In summer months, it's also open weekends. Call ahead: 775.882-2766
Visitors to the region will want to stop by the ranger station/bookstore for advice and information about the area, provided by knowledgeable staff and a wide selection of books, maps and brochures. Other products, including shirts, hats and U.S. Forest Service 'Smokey Bear' items are also available for sale.
The Carson City Ranger District encompasses a broad expanse of land east of Lake Tahoe in the
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, stretching from Nevada into California. Its 368,600 square miles of forested mountain lands are split almost evenly between the two states. The northern edge of the district lies northwest of Reno, Nevada, while the southern end extends 84 miles (135 km) into California's Alpine County, approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Yosemite National Park's northeast boundary.
There are three federally-designated Wilderness Areas within the district, set aside by Congress for those wanting to protect and explore the wild, untrammeled beauty of the Sierra Nevada: the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, the Molelumne Wilderness and the Mount Rose Wilderness. Thousands of miles of trails run throughout, and old mining sites worthy of exploration can also be found nearby, along with the iconic Lake Tahoe.