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Best Nevada State Parks to Visit in the Spring

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Best Nevada State Parks to Visit in the Spring

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park - courtesy of Nevada Division of State Parks

The Top Three Choices Feature a Flowering Desert, Water-Based Recreation, and a 19th-Century Fort.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Located at the base of the Wilson Cliffs and fed by natural spring water, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a relaxing getaway from the Vegas lights and noise. Just 15 miles west of Las Vegas, this desert oasis was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat by a string of owners who have given the area a long and colorful history.

During the springtime you can enjoy the flowering desert and natural beauty of the multi-colored sandstone cliff and mountains. At Spring Mountain Ranch State Park you can also participate in several scheduled and guided tours through the canyon and families can enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fest events. For further information, call 702-875-4141.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

Covering 14,242 acres, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is spread out over three areas in the Tahoe basin. The Sand Harbor area, with its rocky coves and long sandy beaches, offers panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Though the water will be too cold for swimming in the spring, it is a perfect location for picnicking, walking along the beach, kayaking and boating. It is also an ideal spot to enjoy lunch from the Harbor House restaurant inside or out on the patio and then stop by the Visitor Center to learn a little about the area.

The Spooner Lake area features aspen groves, pines, and lush meadows. It is popular for its fishing and abundant wildlife and wildflowers, and also serves as a starting point for many backcountry trails. The trails vary from easy to challenging and can be traveled on foot, horseback or mountain bike. Mountain bikes can be rented in the park. Spooner and Marlette lakes offer trout fishing.

The Cave Rock area, with its high cliffs and deep waters, offers beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and is ideal in the spring for boating, kayaking and picnicking. For further information on the park, call 775-831-0494.

Fort Churchill State Historic Park

Park offers visitors a taste of 19th century history in western pioneering. With Fort Churchill State Historic Park's adobe ruins and visitor center/museum you will learn what life was like from as far back as 1860 to the present. The Carson River, lined with huge cottonwood trees, runs through the park and offers wonderful trails for hiking and horseback riding. This river corridor, with its diverse plant and wildlife communities, is a also a popular area for birdwatchers, canoeists, and kayakers. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of Silver Springs on US 95A and 40 miles east of Carson City. For further information call 775-577-2345.

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