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Eldorado Canyon

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alt Names

Pine Nut Mountains, Dayton, Carson City Foothills, Fort Churchill, Eureka Canyon, Santiago Canyon, Hedcett Canyon, Bismark Peak, Fort Churchill Road

Last Known StatusOpen

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 CityDayton, 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

AreaTrail
LandBLM

QUALITY

Prosmany stream crossings, good variety, secluded, excellent scenery
Consa little rocky, no services
RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended StayFull Day
mid spring

TERRAIN

Square Miles365
Climate TypeHigh Desert & Forest
Elevation4500 to 6200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Somesteep hill climbs on sides of canyon, not on trail
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some15-20 stream crossings (seasonal)
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few70% roads, 30% narrow trails
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of open mine shafts, cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some
CommentCanyon trail is moderate difficulty with many stream crossings and rocks.

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
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
BicyclesNo Restrictionmountain bikers tend to stay in the western and southern parts
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restrictionseason permitting
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
very rocky in spots - would be a difficult night ride
Cross CountryPermittedBLM - ride anywhere, but tread lightly
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementNone
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
CommentBLM, but beware private land, near entrance & along Schaad Lane

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (W)Carson Tahoe Hospital (775) 445-8000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NW)Dayton Chevron (775) 246-9990
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NW)Dayton Chevron (775) 246-9990
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (NW)Dayton RV Park (775) 246-9300
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (NW)Dayton RV Park (775) 246-9300
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Dayton State Park (775) 687-5678 ** available Memorial Day through Labor Day**
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteprimitive camping along trail - 4x4 required
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NW)Dayton Chevron (775) 246-9990
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (NW)Carson River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (NE)Lahonton Reservoir

CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM -  Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-6000
www.blm.gov

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