Sometimes there are cattle on the ranch. Otherwise they might be across the street.
Just down the street a little further is Carson River Park - on the right side, a parking lot, picnic tables, trails along the river (which might be dry?) and cottonwoods there too.
Date: October 19, 2015 (Monday)
Time: 9:00 or 9:30 am
Place: Silver Saddle Ranch, Carson City
Parking: Parking area .6 miles down their gravel ranch road see above
Amenities: bathroom, hiking trails, bird watching, picnic area, working cattle ranch, barns and caretaker house, hiking and horseriding trails
Meeting Place: the parking area. Painting areas in walking distance.
Place to eat lunch in the shade of the backyard of one of the ranch houses - picnic tables for the public
From Reno, take 580 south
Take exit 38 for Fairview Drive, keep in left lane
Turn Left at the light onto Fairview Drive
At the round-about, take 1st exit onto East 5th Street
Turn Right on Carson River Road
Follow Carson River Road for 1.4 miles to the entrance at a bend in the road.
Picture above shows their sign on Carson River Road
Follow their gravel ranch road .6 miles to the parking area near the hay barn and ranch buildings.
Links, pictures and trail maps:
Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch http://fossr.org/
Silver Saddle Ranch http://www.silversaddleranch.info/ssr-carson-about.htm
What to bring:
- painting gear
- carts will work here - level ground
- drinking water
- hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, umbrella
- lunch or snacks
- folding chair if you wish
- bug spray (where there are cattle....there are flies)
What you can paint:
- cattle (maybe - they do move around)
- ranch and pasture vistas
- view of Slide Mountain
- some sagebrush and cottonwood trees
- nearby Carson River if you choose to drive down the road
- Ranch buildings