LOCATION / DIRECTIONS: Scout Camp is located in the Carson River Ranch area
of Fort Churchill State Historic Park, Silver Springs, NV. Camp is located approximately 11 miles south of Silver Springs (where you may find fuel, groceries, feed, and auto supplies) via US-95 ALT. Just south of Buckland Station on the banks of the Carson River turn east onto Simpson Rd (the Pony Express Route). Follow the Pony Express Route dirt road 1¼ miles east and turn left through the cattle guard into the Scout Camp. Ride Camp is open from Friday thru Sunday. Scout Camp is located adjacent to the Carson River. It is a large, dispersed camping area that includes picnic tables, fire rings with grill tops, two vault toilets, and multiple horse corrals. Scout Camp is a carry-in, carry-out trash area. Horse manure needs to be picked up and carried out, or disposed of in the designated manure dump area.
HISTORY: The Carson River Ranches were acquired for public recreation in 1990, providing the first-ever opportunity to connect state park units. In 1994, the State of Nevada purchased the 3,229 acres of ranch land along the Carson River corridor between the Fort Churchill State Historic Park and the Lahontan State Recreational Area. Included in that purchase was the Bucklands Pony Express Station, which was restored and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
NASTR TRAILS PROJECT: In 1998-1999, NASTR members provided volunteer trail building labor for the project at several work parties. The project included clearing and signage for seven trail heads, a rest room and horse corrals, camp areas and approximately 30 miles of trail connecting the two State Park units, as well as BLM lands. The trails accommodate non-motorized users, equestrians, hikers, 4-h campers, hunters, mountain bikers and educational activities and canoeing on the Carson River.
PARK RULES: All vehicles are subject to park fees, payable by cash or check only. Day Use $5/vehicle/day. Overnight Camping $15/vehicle/day. Quiet hours are in effect from 10pm-7am. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-ft or contained inside a vehicle; owners are responsible for cleaning up pet waste. Fires are restricted to portable stoves and grill or fire rings provided by the park; cutting, gathering, or removal of wood or plant material is not permitted. Leave no trace; please leave the area as clean or cleaner than you found it.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: All trails will be laid out in a loop configuration, with ONE out vet check. Riders will enjoy scenic canyon climbs, desert washes, natural springs, stock tanks, dry lake terrain over jeep roads, and winding single track trails along the Carson River under the mighty Cottonwood trees. The majority of the footing is sandy however there are some areas of rock and gravel road. The trail is mostly flat with several gradual climbs.
Crews will have access to any away-vet checks. Hay and water will be provided by ride management at away vet checks. The 75 mile ride is the 2nd qualifier for the NASTR Triple Crown. The 50 mile ride is the 2nd qualifier for the NASTR Trifecta and the 30 mile ride is the 2nd qualifier for the NASTR Hat Trick.
RIDERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY WHILE CROSSING PAVED ROADS!!!
PRE-RIDE VET CHECK / NO RIDE MEETING: Our ride control judge will be Dr. Susan McCartney with Dr. Marcia Smith and Dr. Maria Beck as the other control judges. Vetting will begin upon the arrival of the veterinarians, approximately 4:00 pm Friday. There will be no ride meeting. All Ride information will be included in your ride packet. Any time changes will be posted and/or announced.
MASKS MUST WORN WHEN SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 6 FEET OR MORE IS NOT POSSIBLE. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
STARTING TIMES: 75 mile ride begins at 5:00 am, 50 mile ride begins at 6:00 am, 30 mile ride begins at 7:00 am
MEALS: Everyone's favorite Taco Truck will be on site to provide all riders with one meal. Additional meals may be purchased with cash.
AWARDS: Completion awards will be given to all successful finishers on all three rides. There will also be awards for the Overall Winner, 1st in each weight division, 1st Junior, Best Condition and Top Ten for both the 75 and 50 mile rides. A Best Condition Award will be given on the 30 mile ride. Please pick up your awards if you are not staying for the awards presentation, or have someone pick them up for you, otherwise they will be forfeited.
SERIES RIDES: The NASTR Ride is the second event in our NASTR Triple Crown, Trifecta and Hat Trick Ride Series. Our series rides feature the beautiful Northern Nevada valleys, deserts, foothills, and mountains. We invite you to test yourself and your horse, and join us in the fun and challenge, as well as the special awards. Nomination fees are $20 if paid at the time of NASTR, or $25 if paid at the final ride of the series. We are offering the traditional Triple Crown (Nevada Derby 50, NASTR 75, Virginia City 100), the NASTR Trifecta (Nevada Derby 50, NASTR 50, Red Rock Rumble 50) and NASTR Hat Trick (Nevada Derby 25, NASTR 30, Red Rock Rumble 30). Riders must have completed their ride at Nevada Derby to be eligible for awards.