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Dayton State Park

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

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  • Self-pay kiosk at the park entrance.- Dayton State Park
  • An informational sign inside Dayton State Park.- Dayton State Park
  • A sign marking the historical Emigrant Trail in front of the central picnicking area in the park.- Dayton State Park
  • A pavilion available by pre-arranged rental inside the central park area.- Dayton State Park
  • Mary's Garden is a shady spot with benches, and it accesses the Rock Point Mill Trail.- Dayton State Park
  • The Rock Point Mill Trail is one of two designated trails inside the park.- Dayton State Park
  • Rock Point Mill site.- Dayton State Park
  • The remains of the Rock Point Mill.- Dayton State Park
  • Dayton State Park Campground.- Dayton State Park
  • Carson River Trail inside the state park.- Dayton State Park
  • The central bathrooms, which also serve the nearby campground down a dirt trail.- Dayton State Park
  • Shady path on the Carson River Trail.- Dayton State Park
  • The Carson River.- Dayton State Park
  • Trailhead for the Carson River Trail.- Dayton State Park
  • A bridge across a canal in Dayton State Park.- Dayton State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Carson River access.
Cons: 
Trails seriously in need of maintenance.
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Region:
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, NV
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Dayton State Park is a 152-acre site that includes the Rock Point Stamp Mill site as well as a small variety of recreational opportunities along the banks of the Carson River in the town of Dayton, Nevada. Along with the Carson River Trail and the Rock Point Mill Trail, the park also has a 10-site first-come first-served campground and a day-use area with benches, a rental pavilion, and a few spots to find shady benches at.

The Rock Point Stamp Mill is a historical site that was originally built to process the ore from the Comstock Lode taking place up in the nearby mountains. Today, many of the stone foundation remains of the mill are accessible.

It should also be noted that the lack of maintenance at this park tends to overshadow its features. Trails are excessively overgrown to the point of being hard to navigate and follow, and the pedestrian tunnel beneath the highway accessing the mill site is often flooded, even during summer months. Following the Carson River flooding several years ago, the river permanently changed course, and the river trail doesn't directly access the river anymore.

Entrance fees for the park are $5 per vehicle. All amenities within the park are located around the bathroom and central parking area. The entirety of the park can easily be covered within a couple hours.

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