The Dirt: Washoe Lake State Park to Virginia City - Off-Road Naturalist Trail



The Washoe Lake to Virginia City Adventure Route is an interpretive route in Washoe and Storey County developed by the Nevada Division of Natural Heritage. Visitors can travel this route while learning about the human and natural history of the area, as well as identify flora and fauna, by following the visitor guide at heritage.nv.gov/off-road-naturalist

While visitors will find plenty of views and interesting areas by just exporing on their own, riders will gain a new appreciation for the area by following the adventure route’s visitor guide. The adventure route features twelve points of interest, with activities such as hiking or wildlife viewing at each stop. For more information, visitors can stop by Washoe Lake State Park and speak to the staff. Staging can be found at Washoe Lake State Park, off of East Lake Boulevard, New Washoe City.

Some other popular routes in Storey County include adventure routes from Virginia City to the Lagomarsino Petroglyph site, and other routes around the Comstock. More information about these routes can be found on their related dirt pages.


From downtown Carson City:

  • Take I-580/US 395 North for one mile.
  • Exit onto East Lake Blvd, then turn right.
  • Continue East on East Lake Blvd for 3 miles. You will see signage for the park.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Nevada State Parks

Land Manager: Washoe Lake State Park - Nevada State Parks

901 S. Stewart Street
5th Floor, Suite 5005
Carson City, Nevada 89701-5248

Telephone: (775) 684-2770

Email: wlsp@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

Plan Your Visit