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Somewhere Down The Lazy River

By Tracy Visher/ November 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM 

I was concerned about attendance at our Carson River paint-in gathering when the morning’s weather report said 45⁰ and overcast. Happily, a group of hardy and creative souls pulled in at the corner of Brunswick Canyon and Deer Run Road at the appointed time, unfazed by the weather and prepared to explore a new Nevada Land Trust conservation site. We knew we had missed the peak fall color but were eager to check it out anyway.

This group of artists is always ready to search out new vistas to capture on film or canvas. NLT is fortunate to be involved with them, and is excited to see their enthusiasm transfer to their favorite media, potentially ending up for sale in our second Art of Conservation art show fundraiser next year.

The Brunswick Canyon Road is a narrow two-lane dirt road along the north side of the Carson River that meanders across a bumpy, rock strewn four miles to its end where an old bridge has washed out. Don’t be deterred by the first really pot-holed section by the buildings; it gets easier after that and the scenery is well worth the jostling. You don’t have to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to make the trek, although it helps.

In 2011, Nevada Land Trust completed the facilitation of the sale and transfer of 405 acres here , starting just west of the Deer Run Bridge at Brunswick Canyon Road and following approximately 3.5 miles of the river. This parcel is now part of the open space inventory for Carson City, which is what makes it possible for our group (and any of you) to traverse this incredible hidden gem. Take Highway 50 East out of Carson City, and just before you head up the hill to Moundhouse take the right turn onto North Deer Run Road (look for the brown BLM office sign). Brunswick Canyon Road is a left turn just before the bridge about a mile in.

This stretch is home to one of the largest and healthiest stands of Cottonwood trees in Carson City. When you look at all of the leafless branches along the way, you can just imagine the emerald green of spring and summer and the riot of gold the fall would bring here.  The river was still flowing with small rapids – which I’ve heard are some great class 3’s in the spring for you kayakers! To the untrained eye, the scenery might seem somewhat monochromatic with lots of browns and grays in the hills and winter foliage, but look again –there is so much more to see!  Check out the historic stamp mill ruins at the end of the road.  If you look closely in this area, you will find pieces of what looks like a pistachio-green rock on the ground and larger areas on the hills. It is Epidote, an altered Androsite that is typically found in the area as a host rock for gold, so its presence was of some importance to those in the mining business.

After several hours of amazing exploration, great camaraderie, paintings begun and lots of photos taken, we were all deeply satisfied to have been able to have yet another paint-in adventure on NLT conserved and protected land. 

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