PRE-ENTRY IS REQUIRED!! THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION!
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. CAMPSITES MUST BE LEFT COMPLETELY CLEAN!!!
HISTORY: An integral part of the history of Nevada and the American West, Fort Churchill was built in 1860 to provide protection for early settlers and westbound emigrants and guard the Pony Express and telegraph lines. Today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested decay within Fort Churchill State Historic Park, and visitors can walk designated trails to observe the ruins. The park also includes the renovated Buckland Station, an important way station in the 1800s for pioneer travelers on the Overland Route.
Nevada’s first, largest and most elaborate military outpost was active from its establishment in July 1860, through an era rife with local and national conflict, and up to its abandonment in the fall of 1869. During this tumultuous yet significant decade in the history of Nevada and the American West, Fort Churchill helped to bring about a semblance of Federal control over a quickly developing and resource-rich area that lacked effective government control. The troops stationed at Fort Churchill protected California-bound emigrants, safeguarded the Pony Express and telegraph lines, fought battles and skirmishes with local Native Americans, protected area settlements, intervened in miner’s disputes and quelled any uprisings brought about by the Civil War.
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. NASTR continues to maintain the section of trial along the Carson River annually in preparation for the ride season.
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.
Riders will pay thier own camping fees. Upon arrival take an envelope at the kiosk, fill it out and place your payment inside. Hang the tag on your dash where it is easily visible and bring the envelop to ride management when you check in. You will not be allowed to check in without proof of payment for camping fees. This is not negotiable.
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 50 mile ride is the 1st qualifier for the NASTR Trifecta and/or NASTR Triple Crown. The 25 mile ride is the 1st qualifier for the NASTR Hat Trick.
Riders will be sent electronic copies of the map to print off or download. We will be using the Rides with GPS app. Files will be sent to download the week before the ride. Cell service is not reliable at this camp site so we highly recommend downloading everything prior to leaving home.
RIDERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY WHILE CROSSING PAVED ROADS!!!
PRE-RIDE VET CHECK / RIDE MEETING: Our ride control judges will be Dr. Betsy Lau as Head Control Judge, Dr. Hannah Leventhal as Treatment, and Dr. Susan McCartney. Vetting will begin upon the arrival of the veterinarians, approximately 4:00 pm Friday. All ride information will be sent out the week prior to the ride. We will hold a brief ride meeting at 6pm on Friday to cover any last minute changes, to review the trail and answer any questions you may have.
STARTING TIMES: 50 mile ride begins at 7:00 am, 25 mile ride begins at 8:00 am Intro Ride begins at 9:00
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. There will also be awards for the Overall Winner, 1st in each weight division, 1st Junior, Best Condition and Top Ten for the 50 mile ride. A Best Condition Award will be given on the 25 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. Completion awards for all Intro Riders will also be presented
SERIES RIDES: The Nevada Derby is the first 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 Nevada Derby, $25 before the NASTR Ride, or $30 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).
INTRO RIDE!!! The Intro ride is a great way to enjoy a fun day with friends on a well marked trail, veterinary support and a meal. You are welcome to camp overnight, attend the ride meetings and social events. Get a taste of what endurance events are all about at your own comfortable pace. Relax and watch the other distances, see how a vet check is run, learn how to pulse and cool your horse and much much more!
The trail will be marked. Riders will present thier horse for short vet exam (trot out, hydration, pulse and gut sounds) before and after thier ride.
Distance: 5 miles
Important Things to Know:
- You must present your horse to the vet before beginning the course and after you complete the course
- No AERC membership is required for the intro ride
- Entry includes meal ticket for the Taco Truck
- All junior riders must wear helmets
- The ride is on property open to the public. You may see hikers, bikers, riders, dog walkers, etc. Please be courteous to other users - if BLM receives complaints, we may not be invited back.
- Vet checks (pre and post ride) and completion award. A completion award is awarded when the horse and rider complete the course and the horse passes the final vet exam judged "fit to continue" with a pulse of 60 beats per minute or lower; marked trail and a meal.
50 mile - $150
25 Mile - $130
Intro - $35
Junior Discount $65.00 (coupon code JR2023)
NASTR member discoount $5.00 (coupon code MEMBER2023)
Late Fee (received after 3/18/23) $40.00