Dangberg Home Ranch to host holiday toy exhibit December 12-14

December 2, 2008


Hat collection at Dangberg Ranch

Hat collection at Dangberg Ranch

MINDEN, Nev. — The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, operated by the Nevada Division of State Parks in collaboration with Douglas County, invites the public to attend a celebration of the holidays. The event will feature an exhibit of antique toys, Christmas cards and decorations from the park’s extensive collection. Visitors will enjoy hearing music played on the Dangberg’s 1916 Knabe and Company grand piano.

Displayed exhibit items will include: a variety of stuffed animals, dolls, card games and other toys from the early decades of the 20th century, as well as board games, construction sets and other play items from the 1930s and 1940s. These items are examples of the childhood play from two generations of the Dangberg family.

“The park’s collection of antique toys is a lot of fun,” said Park Interpreter Mark Jensen. “We have Kewpie dolls, early Mickey Mouse toys, cast-iron trains, ‘Tinker Toys,’ board games from the 1910s such as ‘Department Store’ and ‘Sailor Boy,’ ‘Lincoln Logs’ and other and other toys that will make park visitors laugh, think and reminisce.” Read the rest of this entry »


Nature buddies at Dayton State Park

June 12, 2008

DAYTON, Nev.—Join park rangers each month for an hour and a half of fun-filled nature activities designed for children ages 2-7 and their parent or caregiver to enjoy together. We will be taking short nature hikes, making crafts and learning about plants and animals.

The event is scheduled on June 17, July 15 and August 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and visitors will meet at the park’s group pavilion. Contact Lynn Stephenson at 775-687-5678 for more information.

Beaver Dam State Park nature hike June 14

June 9, 2008

PANACA, Nev. — Beaver Dam State Park invites you to participate in a ranger led nature hike on June 14, 2008. Beaver Dam has 2,393 acres of pristine beauty located only three hours north of Las Vegas off U.S. 93.

This 4.2-mile round trip hike runs along Beaver Dam Wash and will let you explore native plants, animals, and fish that exist around the stream. Hikers should be prepared to bring their own food, water, adequate hiking boots and insect repellent. Read the rest of this entry »

Increased law enforcement at Lahontan during Memorial Day weekend

May 20, 2008


SILVER SPRINGS, Nev.–Nevada Division of State Parks personnel are gearing up for a busy Memorial Day weekend at Lahontan State Recreation Area.

Up to 15,000 people are expected each day at Lahontan during the weekend. Preparation includes increased law enforcement activities designed to crack down on underage drinking, driving under the influence, fighting and other offenses. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildflower walk at Washoe Lake State Park May 10

May 5, 2008

Washoe Lake State Park

WASHOE VALLEY, Nev.–Nevada State Parks is hosting a wildflower walk at Washoe Lake State Park May 10, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 11a.m.

Join park staff for a leisurely stroll through the park to meet the wildflowers and to learn their common and scientific names, each plant’s use and whether a plant is poisonous. Park staff will also discuss climate and growing zones. Some uphill walking is involved. Children under seven are not recommended. Please bring water, a camera and a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program.

On this one-and-a-half-mile walk visitors will get to see the following types of wildflowers: Wild Phlox, Desert Peach, Bitterbrush, Balsamroot, Butterweed, Stork’s Bill, Wild Rose bushes, Cattails, Tidy Tips and more. Aspen and Willows that have returned since the fires on Deadman’s Trail will also be viewed.


Kershaw-Ryan State Park to get new campground

May 1, 2008

The Overlook Trail at Kershaw-Ryan State Park in eastern Nevada.Construction forces partial closures during June

CALIENTE, Nev.–In order to protect visitors from open trenches and construction equipment at Kershaw-Ryan State Park, some areas will be temporarily closed while a new campground, culinary well and underground sprinkler system are being constructed.

The following areas will be temporarily closed for the month of June 2008: the group use area/ramada 1, adjacent turf areas, wading pond, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, volleyball court and a portion of the overlook trail.

The group use area/ramada 2, park restrooms, and most of the overlook trail will remain open to the public during construction.

Kershaw-Ryan State Park is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern end of Rainbow Canyon. Steep canyon walls tower to 700 feet and overlook a long, narrow valley. Early settlers in the area cultivated a garden of grape vines, fruit trees and a grass lawn surrounding a spring-fed pond, providing a beautiful contrast to the rugged landscape. A picnic area, children’s wading pool and playground, group use area and trails offer visitors nature study, photography, picnicking and hiking. Kershaw-Ryan State Park is located three miles south of Caliente via U.S. 93 and State Route 317.

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park spring 2008 update

April 10, 2008

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada

GABBS, Nev.–The heavier than normal snow accumulation has melted, allowing Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park to re-open the park’s main attractions.

The park’s Fossil House is now open for scheduled tours on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The campground is also open and normal park fees will be charged.

The Diana Mine tours are still suspended until further notice, pending a thorough assessment of the mine’s safety.

About Berlin-Ichthyosaur

Berlin, a turn-of-the-century mining town, is preserved in a state of arrested decay. A trail through the town site tells the story of Berlin and its mine. Remains of Ichthyosaurs (pronounced “ick-thee-o-sores”), ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago, are on display at the park’s Fossil House. These unique official state fossils attract visitors from across the world. A nature trail connects the nearby Fossil House to the campground. Guided tours of the Fossil House and the Diana Mine are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A short distance from the park, visitors can explore the historic towns of Ione and Grantsville. The park is located 23 miles east of Gabbs on State Route 844. The park is open all year, but winter travel may be prohibitive due to snow.