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Carson Valley –Where Nevada Began

On Nevada’s western border, framed by the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada and the Pinenut Mountains, the Carson Valley unfolds. Broad and green, nourished by the Carson River and its tributaries, the Valley appeared as an oasis to early western settlers drawn by the California Gold Rush of the 1840’s.
Among those settlers was John Reese, who established the first permanent settlement in Nevada at Genoa in 1851. Today, Genoa appears much as it did in that era. It still resists traffic signals, and visitors to its center will find more than a few examples of nineteenth century architecture within strolling distance. Among those structures, Mormon Station State Park, the Courthouse Museum at Genoa, the Genoa Town Hall and Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor (just call it the “Oldest Bar”).
Not long after the founding of Genoa, the beginnings of Gardnerville; a hotel, blacksmith shop and saloon were built along what is now Highway 395; and Minden, just to the north, was created to provide a terminal for the V & T Railroad a few decades later.
Today these two towns have grown into true communities, offering the visitor dining and shopping experiences along with town parks and a vibrant cultural scene. Restaurant choices include several that reflect the area’s Basque heritage and shopping options feature a surprising array of small antique shops and boutiques.
The Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center documents the area’s history in the former Douglas High School, a Frederick Delongchamps designed building that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Heritage Park in Gardnerville and Minden Park are classic turn of the century gathering places and often the site of concerts and events.
Yet just a short distance from Main Street, pasture lands and working ranches set against the mountains remind you of the valley’s ranching roots and those same open spaces, protected by the valley’s residents, provide an abundance of recreation. Hiking and biking trails wind through Carson Valley and into the foothills on either side. Horseback riding is the reason many choose to live in the valley and if your preferred mode of transportation is the mountain or road bike, hot air balloon, ATV or motorcycle, you’ll have your chances too. For water sports enthusiasts, Topaz Lake, just 15 minutes south of Gardnerville, is known for its waterskiing and wakeboarding, fishing and boating.
Golfers will feel right at home here. Four valley courses, varying widely in terrain and difficulty, are a reason to visit in themselves. Whether you prefer tight fairways that meander along the river or open links-style courses tucked against the mountains, you’ll find a challenge here, and typically those challenges are available year round.
There is also one particular form of recreation for which Carson Valley is known all over the world. The valley’s contours and wind patterns bring soaring enthusiasts from every continent to ride the thermals in unpowered, fixed wing aircraft. Numerous gliding records for distance and altitude have been set here and operators at the Minden-Tahoe airport offer rides and lessons.
If you’d rather view the birds than fly next to them, you should know that every February, during the calving season, eagles and other birds of prey come to the valley to feed on afterbirth and bald and golden eagle sightings are common. Eagles & Agriculture, a gathering that celebrates this phenomenon, provides lectures, sighting tours and photography workshops during the height of the viewing period.
Eagles & Agriculture is just one of the special events held in Carson Valley during the year. The Genoa Cowboy Festival, held in the spring, is the newest, debuting with tremendous entertainers, workshops and artisans in 2010. June’s Carson Valley Days, a salute to small American towns, brings concerts, a parade, arts and crafts shows and more to the towns and has been doing so for over a hundred years. Each September features the return of the Candy Dance, a Genoa tradition 90 years old, which began as a way to raise funds for town improvements. Over the decades it has grown into an event that draws tens of thousands of visitors for the candy and the offerings of artisans from all over the West.
In addition to the signature events above, throughout the year, concerts, theatrical performances and a variety of community contests, club meetings and social and educational events fill out the calendar. They meet the special interests of residents and help to weave the tapestry of life in Carson Valley.

Includes Cities/Towns: Gardnerville, Genoa, Minden.

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Carson Valley, Nevada?

For those of you that retire in Carson Valley, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 30's and highs in the upper 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's. Expect a few days of rain.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Carson Valley such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Expect a few days of rain.

Summertime in Carson Valley is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect a lot of days above 90°.

If you retire in Carson Valley, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Expect a few days of rain.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  19  32  46
 Feb  23  37  51
 Mar  27  43  58
 Apr  31  48  64
 May  39  56  73
 Jun  45  64  83
 Jul  50  71  91
 Aug  48  69  90
 Sep  41  61  82
 Oct  32  51  69
 Nov  24  40  55
 Dec  19  32  46

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  28  1
 Feb  0  24  0
 Mar  0  23  0
 Apr  0  17  0
 May  1  6  0
 Jun  6  1  0
 Jul  19  0  0
 Aug  16  0  0
 Sep  5  3  0
 Oct  0  16  0
 Nov  0  25  0
 Dec  0  27  1

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  6  20 %
 Feb  1 "  5  21 %
 Mar  1 "  4  22 %
 Apr  0 "  3  24 %
 May  1 "  3  29 %
 Jun  0 "  2  33 %
 Jul  0 "  2  37 %
 Aug  0 "  2  34 %
 Sep  0 "  2  30 %
 Oct  1 "  3  26 %
 Nov  1 "  4  22 %
 Dec  1 "  5  19 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  5 "  5  3
 Feb  5 "  3  2
 Mar  3 "  1  2
 Apr  2 "  0  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  1
 Dec  6 "  4  2

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