Outdoors in and around Genoa, Nevada: sightseeing, vista and loop trails

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Mount Tallac skyline range

Genoa Waterfall in Genoa Canyon Carson Range slopes north of Genoa
Genoa Waterfall Discovery Trail

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Genoa started as a Utah-Territory settlement in the 1850s. The Overland Emigrant Trail passed through this “old-west” trading post, then called Mormon Station. In 1854 it was named Genoa, supposedly in honor of Christopher Columbus' birthplace, Genoa, Italy. Today, Genoa is a small, pedestrian-friendly town in Douglas County, Nevada: an attractive little village of the American West. Visitors come to see the historic Mormon Station State Park and to explore the recently established Genoa Trail System, shown in the map above.

The 6.2-mile-long Eagle Ridge Loop and the 8.2-mile-long Genoa Loop combine neighborhood walkways, canyon trails and the scenic Discovery Trail. The 9.6-mile-ascend from Genoa's Snowshoe Lane along the Sierra Canyon Trail to the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) makes for a day hike—switchback after switchback. Much less climbing is involved in doing the 5.8-mile-long round trip to the serene Genoa Waterfall in the Genoa Canyon.

If you don't feel like climbing the slopes and canyons of the Carson Range, there are trail options in the Carson Valley, including the paved Genoa Vista Trail alongside Foothill Road, the 0.7-mile-long East Brockliss Loop of the Nature Conservancy River Fork Ranch, and the four-mile round trip on the West Fork Trail through ranchland along the West Fork Carson River.

Trail use includes dog walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding—and running, whenever you have Madathon ambitions. Note that bikers and equstrians are not advised in the switchback portion of the Genoa Canyon Trail. Be aware of possible gravel slides or rock falls. The Eagle Ridge Trail Access, Sierra Canyon Trail Access and Genoa Canyon Trail Accees points (shown in the map) provide a trail kiosk each. Limited parking space is available.