Nevada Division of State Parks offers a chance to win $50,000

April 16, 2009


Echo Canyon State Park in Nevada

Echo Canyon State Park in Nevada

PIOCHE, Nev. — There is $50,000 swimming in either Echo Canyon State Park or Spring Valley State Park. The catch is that the cash must be caught.

Several tagged fish in each reservoir are cash prize winners, but only one is worth $50,000.

To have a shot at catching one of these valuable fish, a Tagged Fishing event will be held May 2 from 7:00 a.m. through 5 p.m. and May 3 from 7:00 a.m. through noon at both the Echo Canyon and Spring Valley state parks.

Registration for the Tagged Fishing Event has begun and will continue up to the day of the event. Only 500 participants are allowed.

Participants may register at the Eagle Valley Resort in Ursine, Nevada on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is open to all ages. For more information, contact the Eagle Valley Resort at 775-962-5293.


Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park to open for tours April 22

April 16, 2009

Dangberg Home Ranch

MINDEN, Nev. — Nevada State Parks invites the public to tour the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located just west of Minden in Douglas County on Highway 88. The park features several historic buildings constructed between 1857 and 1916, and the main residence, which was once one of the most prominent homes in Carson Valley.

Park tours include a discussion of Dangberg family history with displays of artifacts from the 19th century through the 1980s. A variety of historic objects — including furniture, clothing, books, dishes, artwork, photographs, phonographs and other items — give insight into the lives of four generations of Nevadans. The park’s collection of farm equipment and its buildings help to understand Carson Valley agricultural history.

Tours begin April 22 and are conducted Wednesday through Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. The tours last about one hour.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the park at 775-783-9417 or emailing Tours are limited to ten people, but larger groups can request special arrangements in advance. Tour admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

The Dangberg Home Ranch was settled by Carson Valley pioneer Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg, Sr., in 1857. By the time of his death in 1904, he had created a 20,000-acre empire — one of the Carson Valley’s largest ranches — with the Home Ranch at its center. His children, including H. F. Dangberg, Jr., founded the Dangberg Land and Livestock Co., a collection of cattle and sheep ranches, orchards and other businesses that grew to 48,000 acres by the middle of the 20th century. In 1905, the company founded the town of Minden.

Valley of Fire State Park planning workshops to be held May 6 and May 7

April 16, 2009

valleyoffireLAS VEGAS — The Nevada Division of State Parks is holding public workshops on the development of a general management plan for Valley of Fire State Park. This effort involves an expanded update of the park’s 1990 master plan to include resource management and park operations.

The first meeting will be on May 6, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a presentation at 6:30 pm, at the Las Vegas Region Office located at 4747 W. Vegas Drive, Las Vegas, Nev.

The second meeting will be on May 7, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a formal presentation at 6:30 pm, at the Overton Community Center located at 320 N. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, Nev.

“Valley of Fire is one of our top priorities and we are inviting the public to attend and provide input into the park’s future development and operation. The existing plan is almost 20 years old and Clark County has had significant population increases. Recreation use has changed radically so the park’s new plan needs to reflect those changes,” said Dave Morrow, administrator of the Nevada Division of State Parks. “Much has changed since the 1990 master plan was completed. We need to revise and expand the plan so the park meets the needs of current and future visitors.”

The two meetings are being held in separate locations to accommodate everyone who is interested in attending. The agendas are the same for both meetings. Information is available online at

Contact Jenny Scanland at 775-684-2787 for additional information.

Kershaw-Ryan Campground Opening March 30, 2009

March 19, 2009

CALIENTE, Nev.— A new 15 unit campground at Kershaw-Ryan State Park will open Monday, March 30, 2009.

The opening of the new facilities adds to the park’s many amenities, including potable water, shade armadas, tables and grills, flush toilets, coin operated showers and an RV dump station.

One of the new camp sites is designed to accommodate those with disabilities. The camping fee is $10 per night and camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.


New Campground at Kershaw Ryan State Park

New Campground at Kershaw Ryan State Park

Budget cutbacks could reduce funding for Nevada’s state parks (LVRJ)

February 17, 2009
Mandy Keefer, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Mandy Keefer, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

LAS VEGAS — Mandy Keefer manned the fort by herself Friday, a job the park ranger can handle without much difficulty during tough economic times when tourism is down and visitors are scarce.

On Fridays in past years the place would have been bustling with bus loads of schoolchildren eager to learn about the 1855 adobe fort built by pioneers that put Las Vegas on the map as a way station for travelers heading west.

On this day, though, and like most in recent months, the grounds inside Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park were empty. Only a few visitors milled around displays inside a museum at the entrance.

Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Register Now for Carson Valley’s 7th Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event

February 2, 2009

[Submitted news release.]

Dangberg Home Ranch

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The Carson Valley agricultural and ranching community, along with the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, the Audubon Society, the Great Basin Birding Observatory and the conservation community have announced that the unique birds of prey viewing and agricultural education experience, the 7th Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event, will take place February 27 – March 1, 2009.

The ‘Eagles and Ag’ tours and workshops focus on the influx of bald eagles and other birds of prey that come to the scenic Carson Valley to feed on the rodents and nutrient-rich afterbirth during the winter calving season. This remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds who come to closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and a variety of other bird and wildlife species. A complete schedule of events and information can be viewed at

Friday evening, February 27, there will be a Birds of Prey Lecture and Reception featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Smith, Hawkwatch International. Additionally, Doug Busselman, the Executive Vice President of the Nevada Farm Bureau will discuss Nevada Agriculture, Falconer Lew Souder will present a live Northern Goshawk; and Falconer Mark Moglich will display a live ornate Hawk Eagle. The $35 per person entry fee includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. A special price of $30 is extended to those participants that are also attending the Saturday Ranch Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Dangberg interpreter speaks in Gardnerville today (Record Courier)

January 8, 2009

The artifacts in the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park give clues into the history of the family and to the history of Carson Valley.
Park interpreter Mark Jensen discusses the Dangberg Home Ranch at the Douglas County Historical Society’s free lecture series, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Jensen will give a slide presentation of images from the collection and tell stories about the Dangberg family.

“The images are of how we found the house when we took it over in 2005 and how it is today,” said Jensen. “I’ll give an introduction to the Dangberg family and their importance to Carson Valley history — and how they were just your regular old neighbors down the road.”

Read the complete story at the Record Courier.