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Prison Hill Recreation Area

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Alt Names

Snyder Ave, Carson River, Mexican Dam, Nevada State Medium Security Prison, Quilici Dam

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail system offers scenic views of the valley and it's unique rock formations provide a fun challenge for both jeeps and motorcycles. The trails surrounding the rock formations are a mixture of sand washes and hardpack, with mostly typical high desert vegetation and terrain with some very steep slopes.

The main staging area offers plenty of room for parking and has a novice friendly play area and makeshift motocross track. Overall this place has a little of everything and is a good spot for a quick day ride.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityCarson City, NV
AddressGolden Eagle Lane, Carson City, NV 89701
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From: Carson City, NV
1) Take 395 S through downtown Carson City
2) Turn left (east) on Snyder Avenue, continue 2 miles
3) Turn right (south) at the T-intersection, continue .75 miles
4) Main entrance is on the left (north).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandCity Land

RATINGS

Proscool rock formations, fun sand washes, good scenic views on top of hills
Consdeep sand, some trails are whooped out, motorized use area is pretty small
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles2
Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4700 to 5600 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedoff limits areas may not be marked
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis city property has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis city property has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis city property has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe city property has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis city property has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis city property has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
one way steep hills, glass and rebarb
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

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 WidthNo Restriction
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 Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementNone
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
CommentNevada state medium security prison is nearby.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (N)Carson-Tahoe Hospital (775) 882-1361
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)Chevron (775) 689-1222
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)Chevron (775) 689-1222
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Comstock Country RV Resort (800) 638-2321
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (W)Comstock Country RV Resort (800) 638-2321
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Comstock Country RV Resort (800) 638-2321
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (N)Washoe Lake State Park (775) 687-4319
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (W)Chevron (775) 689-1222
Swimming Swim Area20-30 Miles (NW)Sand Harbor Beach (775) 831-0494 or (775) 831-3030
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (S)Carson River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (N)Washoe Lake State Park (775) 687-4319

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoAnn Bollinger (Open Space Administrator)
Carson City Parks And Open Space
3303 Butti Way, Bldg 9
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 283-7337
www.carson.org

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Terrain example at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Some people park at the small turnaround at the bottom of this hill, but the proper staging area is to the south.

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You can't help but check out the views when you reach the tops of some of these hills.

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Scenery from Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

Looking back at the main staging area.

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Example of terrain at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Main staging area.

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One of the many rock formations to see.

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Trails extending north toward Carson City are closed to motorized use.  Warning: this designation might not be posted.

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These rock formations mixed with firm sand are all over the place, surrounding the trail.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

The trail crosses some parts of the rock formations, which is lots of fun.

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The correctional center is easily visible from many points on the trail.

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Example of terrain at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Scenery from Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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