Right on the banks of the Carson River, the Dayton State Park is full of a rich history dating back to the 1800s when this area was part of a booming mining community. There are remains of several old structures here, most notably Rock Point Mill, which was originally built in 1861 to process the ore. While only a few stone walls remain amidst the sagebrush, willows and cottonwood, it is still fun to explore what is left of this area's historic past.
Take a hike with your pup on one of the two trails that meander into the trees and brush along the river. Keep an eye out for the local inhabitants, such as foxes, porcupines and hawks. There are two group areas available for rental throughout the summer months. These shaded concrete pavilions offer picnic tables, restrooms, and full grill facilities. Free parking is included in these rentals and is immediately adjacent to the pavilions themselves.
If you are looking to bring your little ones, there are free educational programs offered throughout the year. These tend to be fairly nature-centric and provide a broad understanding of the scenery that surrounds you inside of Dayton State Park. Dogs can accompany guests to these programs, provided they stay leashed up and aren't distracting other guests.
Stay longer and check out one the park's 25 dog-friendly campsites. Most of these sites cater more to "glamping," or camping with recreational vehicles. These sites fill up exceptionally fast, especially for individuals with RVs, so make sure to reserve early.
Wherever you travel inside this puptastic park, be sure to keep your pup on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Always have clean-up bags on hand and pick up after your pup. Bring drinking water to share too, and any other essentials for a furbulous day in the Nevada outdoors.
For an afternoon or overnight adventure, the Dayton State Park is a woofderful way to experience Nevada's history with your pup!