The Dirt: Walker River State Recreation Area



Enjoy this new state park area along the Walker River. Access to OHV trails exists south of the park on E. Walker Rd, which is wide enough for passenger cars, and from the Bighorn Campground at the Elbow at the south end of the Park.

Several OHV routes exist out of the park, which will take the rider to historic sites such as Pine Grove, Nine Mile Ranch, old mining sites, and Bodie State Historic Park in California. From Bighorn Campground at The Elbow, riders can access several spots along the East Fork of the Walker River.

Currently, the Pitchfork Ranch at the north end of the park, and the Nine-Mile Ranch at the south end of the park are open to the public. The Rafter 7 and Flying Ranch properties are currently closed, but construction of public facilities are in the planning phase. Check for updates.


From Hwy 395 south of Carson City, head east on State Route 208 through Smith Valley. Turn right on E. Walker Road and head 4.6 miles to the Pitchfork Ranch.

From Yerington: E. Walker Rd is approximately 8 miles south on SR 208.

From Bridgeport: Bighorn Campground is about 15 north of Bridgeport on CA182/SR338. Turn East onto dirt road, NF-028. Campground is about 6 miles in on your left.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Nevada Division of State Parks

Walker River SRA - Yerington
211 East Walker Road
Yerington, NV 89447

Telephone: (775) 463-1609

Email: wrsra@parks.nv.gov

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

Land Manager

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