I’ve known about Prison Hill Recreation Area in Carson City, Nevada for the entire time we’ve lived here, but for some crazy reason, we never went there until now. And it did NOT disappoint!
The boys and I went down in our 4Runner as usual with Shawn and Dirt Squirrel in their Power Wagon and Brent and Sam came down in their Jeep JKU. We started off exploring the loop trail which climbs to the high point of Prison Hill. At the summit you can enjoy expansive views of the Carson Valley and Carson Range which sits between the valley and Lake Tahoe.
All along the route are cool rocks to check out and scramble up. The kids enjoyed that part for sure. Continuing on from the summit on what is marked on the area map, which you can find on Carson.org, down to the Carson River, but it soon becomes impassible, or at least sketchy in a regular vehicle. An ATV, Motorbike or UTV would do fine.
So we retraced out track and found a cool little moon rocks area to do some rock crawling. Check out the video above for some cool 4×4 action with the Power Wagon, Jeep Wrangler JKU Sport and our 3rd Gen 4Runner.
Prison Hill GPS Track
Prison Hill Info
- Prison Hill Info Page, Carson.org
- Prison Hill Trail Map
- Prison Hill 4X4 Playlist
- Prison Hill climbing and hiking info
Directions to Prison Hill Motorized Access
From Carson City take I580 to Fairview Drive exit. Cross over to Edmonds and head south to Clearview. Turn Left and then Right on Gentry. That will take you to the access point. GPS TRACK