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Lying just south of Carson City, the Carson Valley of Douglas County includes approx. 170 square miles in the west central portion of Nevada, immediately E of Lake Tahoe. The communities of Gardnerville, Minden and Genoa are all located in the Carson Valley, at elevations of about  4,700' above sea level. The Valley is bordered on the west, by the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada with peaks reaching 11,000' and by the Pinenut Mountains on the east, rising to 9,400'. The views in all directions are SPECTACULAR!

The pleasant rural area is known for its green open spaces, clean air, beautiful mountain and valley views, moderate climate and NO traffic congestion. With four distinct seasons, the recreational possibilities are endless.

Carson Valley offers hot springs, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, hiking and fishing and every imaginable outdoor activity! It is one of the World's most popular sites for Sailplane Soaring and the local ski resorts and Casinos are known far and wide!

With Nevada's low tax structure, natural beauty, controlled growth and quality of life, it is no wonder the Carson Valley continues to be known as "The Garden Spot of Nevada". Follow the link below  for information on our local school district and for Cost of Living Comparisons.




The high "desert" conditions provide a comfortable, year round living environment. There are normally 320+ days of sunshine per year in areas east of the Sierra Nevada, (Carson City, Carson Valley, Douglas Co.) There is an average annual precipitation of about 10", while the Lake Tahoe side of the mountains has the snowfall that makes the area a winter sports mecca.

Summer daytime temperatures range up to the low 90s, with often less than 15% humidity, allowing for comfortable outdoor activities. Most summer rain comes as brief thunderstorms or showers in the late afternoon. Nighttime temps can often be as much as 45 degrees cooler, making for very comfortable evenings and sleeping conditions. Many homes do not need air conditioning!

Winter daytime temps are moderate in the afternoon, with most snowfall between Dec. and March. East of the Sierra the average snowfall is less than 20" per year and snow coverage usually melts and evaporates within 2 or 3 days without a lot of slush! Fog is very rare, usually occurring early on winter mornings and burning off quickly.

Climate Statistics for Carson Valley.

  High Low Rain (in.) Snow (in.)   High Low Rain (in.) Snow (in.)
January 44.8 17.6 1.72 5.2 July 90.2 48.0 . 30 0.0
February 49.5 22.2 1.42 4.3 August 88.6 45.7 . 21 Trace
March 57.4 25.7 . 94 2.2 September 80.7 39.3 . 23 Trace
April 65.3 31.0 .56 .6 October 69.4 31.2 . 49 . 1
May 72.8 37.4 . 52 Trace November 56.7 23.6 1.03 .6
June 81.5 42.6 . 35 Trace December 47.2 19.2 1.69 6.4

Lake Tahoe temps. are milder in summer, with typical alpine winter conditions. Daytime temps range from a high and low of 36 & 16 in January, to 83 & 45 in July. Annual rainfall is 8-9 in. and snowfall averages close to 20 feet.


For more Local Info, follow these Links:


Golf Sites
Douglas County offices
Nevada Appeal Newspaper (Carson City)
Record Courier Newspaper (Minden/Gardnerville)
Douglas Co. info from US Census Bureau
Carson City info from US Census Bureau
Carson City information
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority

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