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Eldorado Canyon

Friday, October 17, 2014
Alt Names Pine Nut Mountains, Dayton, Carson City Foothills, Fort Churchill, Eureka Canyon, Santiago Canyon, Hedcett Canyon, Bismark Peak, Fort Churchill Road
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

This area near Dayton, NV offers some scenery that's a cut above the typical Nevada sand and sage.

The trails get a little bit rocky, but if you like stream and creek crossings, you'll want to hit this place during spring thaw when the creek washes out over the parts of the trail. Due to the elevation and the shade from the trees you may find some trails blocked by snow even in the late spring.

You can can stage or camp at the trailhead or there are some primitive camping spots along the trail on your way up the canyon, but a 4x4 is recommended to access anything past the base of the canyon.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Dayton, NV
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From: Carson City, NV
1) 50 East to Dayton
2) Downtown Dayton (stop light)
3) Take right on Dayton Valley Road
4) Go 1/10 mile
5) First right on Schaad Lane (south)
6) Go 2/10 mile, veer left (stay on Schaad Lane - don't take Ricci)
7) Straight through crossroads, veer left at all forks
8) Follow Schaad Lane 3.1 miles to Eldorado Dam
9) At base of Eldorado Canyon trail starts here: N39.11.990 W119.33.684.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail
Land BLM
QUALITY
Pros many stream crossings, good variety, secluded, excellent scenery
Cons a little rocky, no services
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
mid spring
TERRAIN
Square Miles 365
Climate Type High Desert & Forest
Elevation 4500 to 6200 ft.
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has some sandy areas.Some
Mud The trail has some mud after it rains.Some
Dust The trail has some dust on typical days.Some
Rocks This trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
Trees The trail has some trees.Some
Steep Hills This trail has some steep hills.Some steep hill climbs on sides of canyon, not on trail
Water Crossings The trail has some water crossings.Some 15-20 stream crossings (seasonal)
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This BLM land has few single track trails.Few 70% roads, 30% narrow trails
Roads This BLM land has some roads.Some
Intersections This trail has few intersections.Few
Rider Traffic The BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
Shade This BLM land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
Beware of open mine shafts, cliffs.
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
Comment Canyon trail is moderate difficulty with many stream crossings and rocks.
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes NVOHV sticker required
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Bicycles No Restriction mountain bikers tend to stay in the western and southern parts
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction season permitting
Night Riding Yes Not Recommended
very rocky in spots - would be a difficult night ride
Cross Country Permitted BLM - ride anywhere, but tread lightly
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas
Emergency / Law Enforcement None
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
Comment BLM, but beware private land, near entrance & along Schaad Lane
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (W) Carson Tahoe Hospital (775) 445-8000
Gasoline Gasoline 1-5 Miles (NW) Dayton Chevron (775) 246-9990
Diesel Diesel 1-5 Miles (NW) Dayton Chevron (775) 246-9990
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (NW) Dayton RV Park (775) 246-9300
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (NW) Dayton RV Park (775) 246-9300
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (N) Dayton State Park (775) 687-5678 ** available Memorial Day through Labor Day**
Primitive Camping Campground On Site primitive camping along trail - 4x4 required
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (NW) Dayton Chevron (775) 246-9990
Swimming Swim Area On Site
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (NW) Carson River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 20-30 Miles (NE) Lahonton Reservoir
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM -  Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000
www.blm.gov
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