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Prison Hill Recreation Area

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Other 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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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesNevada registration is not required if the vehicle is already registered in another state and will be located in Nevada for no more than 15 days.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementNone
CommentNevada state medium security prison is nearby.
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TERRAIN

Approx Size1,280 acres (2 sq mi)
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

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandCity Land

KEY SERVICES

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

FEES & PASSES

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

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
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityCarson City, NV
AddressGolden Eagle Lane, Carson City, NV 89701
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Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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).

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

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Example of terrain at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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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Honda CRF Motorbike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Scenic view of Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

Looking back at the main staging area.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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OHV at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

Main staging area.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

One of the many rock formations to see.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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

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OHV at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Terrain example at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Scenic view at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Prison Hill Recreation Area Trail

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