NASTR Trail Projects
The NASTR Mandate
The Nevada All-State Trail Riders, Inc. (NASTR) was organized in 1968 for the purpose of preserving historical trails in Nevada by sponsoring and promoting horse back riding on these trails.
NASTR currently provides volunteer trail labor for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a TEA-21 matching trails grant project for restoration and maintenance of trails.
Carson River Ranches
Ft Churchill State Historic Park
The Carson River Ranches were acquired for public recreation through the Parks and Wildlife Bond Issue approved by voters in 1990, providing the first-ever opportunity to connect state park units. In 1994, the State of Nevada purchased the 3,229 acres of ranch land along the Carson River corridor between the Fort Churchill State Historic Park and the Lahontan State Recreational Area. Included in that purchase was the Bucklands Pony Express Station, which was recently restored and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
NASTR participated in the Carson River Ranches Master Plan/Feasibility Study in 1995 at two workshops held in Silver Springs. In 1997, the Nevada State Parks was awarded a trails grant through the Symm’s National Recreation Trails Act under ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) for the Carson River Ranches Trail System.
In 1998, NASTR members provided volunteer trail building labor for the project at several work parties. Another trails grant was awarded in 1999 through the National Recreational Trails Program TEA-21 (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century). NASTR continues to provide trail labor to further assist in providing the matching share for these grant funds.
The trails project included clearing and signage for seven trail heads, a rest room and horse corrals, camp areas and approximately 30 miles of trail connecting the two State Park units, as well as BLM lands. The trails accommodate non-motorized users, equestrians, hikers, 4-h campers, hunters, mountain bikers and educational activities and canoeing on the Carson River.
Past and present AERC endurance rides held on these trails include:
- Adrian Valley
- Buckland Station XP
- Fort Churchill
- High Desert Rides
- Hooten Wells
- Lahontan Valley
- Silver Springs
- Pony Express 2001
Washoe Lake (1996)
Washoe Lake State Park
4855 East Lake Blvd.
Carson City, NV 89704
In 1872, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad began service through Washoe Valley, connecting Reno to Carson City. The V&T ran continuously until 1950. By the late 1870’s the mining boom was over and the towns around Washoe Lake were all but abandoned. Those who remained behind turned to ranching and farming, gradually displacing the Washoe Indians from the Valley.
Washoe Lake State Park was established in 1977 to preserve a portion of scenic Washoe Valley for future generations to enjoy, with land and water-based recreation for all. In the wake of the rapidly expanding urbanization of nearby Carson City and Reno, the park is a true treasure to be cherished and protected.
In 1996, NASTR formed a partnership with the Nevada State Parks on a trails project at Washoe Lake State Park. This project received a matching ISTEA trails grant through the Recreational Trails Program. Our volunteer efforts have assisted the Park in providing more trails, wildlife viewing and recreational opportunities than ever before.
Jones/Whites Creek (1992)
Overlooking the Reno/Sparks area, Mt. Rose Wilderness provides many opportunities for the adventurous. Named for an early pioneer of the Reno area, Mt. Rose Wilderness was designated by the Nevada Wilderness Bill of 1989. Reaching 10,776 feet, Mt. Rose dominates the area.
Approximately 20 miles of designated trails wind through the Mt. Rose Wilderness. The major access points are the Mt. Rose trail head, Jones/Whites Creek loop trail, Thomas Creek trail and Hunter Creek trail.
In 1992, NASTR formed a cooperative agreement with the Toiyabe National Forest and Washoe County Parks in maintaining the Jones Creek/Whites Creek Trail in the Mount Rose Wilderness area. Annual trail maintenance is done on this trail on National Trails Day, the first Saturday in June.