Dayton State Park

Dayton State Park: Address, Phone Number, Dayton State Park Reviews: 3.5/5

Dayton State Park
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PlanetR
Reno, NV3,223 contributions
Weird Little Park
Dec 2020 • Couples
Highway noise during the easy walk. Someone left their takeout bag on the ground. The only thing remotely cool was a peacock on the trail.
Written December 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

valinreallife
Silver City, NM128 contributions
Overlooked little park with lots of potential
Feb 2020
Dayton State Park is a lovely little park with a historic background surrounding silver mining in the area. There are only 10 campsites and until Covid-19 hit, you could almost always find a spot. That’s no guarantee now but I suspect visitation will subside over winter with no hookups at the park. It does get quite cold here in the winter.

The sites are gravel and largely level. The first half of the loop is more tent-friendly sized spaces and the latter half have a bit more room for larger rigs. They are all surrounded by majestic cottonwoods that are utterly glorious in the fall. The tree cover is great for summer shade but a challenge if you’re managing a solar setup. There are some sites that are less shaded to offset that, though. There’s central water, flush toilets, and trash receptacles.

The dump station is open intermittently and I’ve yet to understand the pattern to when it is and isn’t. There are two free dump stations I’m aware of in Carson City, though -- at the Maverik (at Hwy 50 and College Ave.) and the new Golden Gate (at College Ave. and Retail Dr.)

The park is split by Hwy 50 with the stamp mill ruins on the west side and the campground and restrooms on the east side. There is a foot tunnel connecting the two bits but it’s a bit dicey from a safety standpoint so I’d recommend strolling to the aboveground crosswalk a little down the road.

Dayton State Park is a sweet little place full of potential but largely unloved and overlooked. As a former Dayton resident, I’ve gotten to witness the park’s challenges over time. In talking with the park supervisor about it, she acknowledged Dayton has its struggles, sometimes involving crime, and that the Nevada park system is underfunded and understaffed like most public lands departments. I’ve not had any issues when staying there but have witnessed some questionable activity in the day use area.

It seems the tide is turning as locals have begun to reclaim it in recent months and have been putting in substantial volunteer time to freshen it up and give it the love it deserves. I’m hopeful that effort will help Dayton SP become a destination instead of just a place to stop over for the night. We’re looking forward to joining in after our post-full-timer lives once we get our house built nearby.

A note about fires: this is a volatile wildfire area so charcoal fires and smoking outdoors are often banned much of the year. Don’t count on being able to grill in any Nevada State Park during fire seasons. Have a backup plan or support some of the local business in my little town -- Js’ Oldtown Bistro on Main Street is absolutely wonderful. It’s my absolute favorite restaurant but since it's off the main drag (US 50), you might not notice it. And for scrumptious tamales and other Mexican fare, The Lady Tamales is right by the park. The Pizza Factory has also delivered to us in the park if you’re looking for your dinner to come to you.
Written October 25, 2020
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klamathkennedys
Klamath Falls, OR126 contributions
A great Short hike
Sep 2020 • Solo
Guys, take some time for this one next to the restrooms there is an Eagle Scout BSA project that meanders through sagebrush and spits you out at a tunnel that takes you under the highway so that you climb around and read about the old mill sight it was hella interesting and offered a wonderful view of the Surrounding area
Written September 20, 2020
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Cindy M
Northern Virginia, VA175 contributions
Don’t waste your time
Oct 2019 • Couples
We stopped here for a quick hike on our way from Virginia City back to Tahoe. It’s $5 and an hour of our lives we’ll never get back. The one trail is through a swamp and it was nasty and overgrown. Very disappointed.
Written October 11, 2019
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Fred
1 contribution
not a real camping experience
Sep 2019
the campground borders Hwy 50 & is noisy all day & night. Restrooms are clean but trails to them are somewhat over grown & they warn you of rattlesnakes- so stay on the asphalt.
The biggest concern was the people camping in their cars & not paying the daily fees (or at least not posting the payment receipts on the campsite number posts)- homeless? No problems & our car-camping neighbor was pleasant enough but not an enjoyable experience- like camping in downtown.
Written October 2, 2019
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Leesa M
Portland, ME6 contributions
Historical Dayton State Park
Apr 2019 • Solo
Took a hike near my air b and b. Really historic! !I'm a travel nurse and recently finished an assignment in Carson city Nevada. I drove by this park for several months but it was too snowy to hike! I finally had a chance to hike once the snow melt and it didn't disappoint!!
Written April 15, 2019
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rebecca
Reno, NV12 contributions
Quiet place to picnic and camp
May 2018 • Couples
I use to work for the State Park systems and this is a hidden gem. It is along the River and there is some historic remains from yesteryear. Very small campground and good places to picnic.
Written March 20, 2019
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marketplacenv
23 contributions
Not a "must see" but can be interesting
Sep 2017 • Couples
I am not really excited about it. Dayton needs it to be more family friendly with events going on time to time to gain exposure and showcase it.
Written April 11, 2018
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Kelsdogger
Ennis, MT1,301 contributions
Cute little Campground
Jul 2017 • Family
Good spot for affordable camping in Dayton, Nevada. Located just off the Highway 50. This park has day use and camping. Great for large group party's and easy access to the Carson River.
Written July 9, 2017
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vivispix
Dayton, NV5 contributions
small but popular with travelers just wanting to get off the road
Nov 2016
small park but has everything to get car-weary children outside and let off pent-up energy. Swings, old-growth trees, facilities. Every year is decorated for the occasion so have fun. The Highway Patrol use it to eat lunch. Say "hi".
Written December 12, 2016
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