Dayton State Park

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About Dayton State Park

For those families who LOVE a great outdoor adventure, and a spot of fascinating history, then check out Dayton State Park in Nevada. Found at the foot of the Virginia Ridge, Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton on the banks of the Carson River. Where does the history come in? Well, Dayton was one of Nevada's first permanent settlements. 

Today, the area is rich in not only picturesque beauty, but also gold and silver mining history. You can explore AND learn!

One of the highlights of Dayton State Park is the Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, This mill was once used to process rich silver ore from nearby Virginia City. Remnants of the mill are still visible within the park, just west of U.S. 50. 

The park itself, which was once a Paiute fishing camp, offers families a scenic site to camp, picnic, and hike.  You can completely immerse yourself in the stunning nature all around you, and escape from the outside world!

Keep an eye out for the wildlife that you might meet too. Dayton State Park is home to hawks, porcupines and foxes. You might need a keen eye to see some of them!

So grab that sense of adventure and thirst for history, because there is a lot to enjoy at this iconic Nevada state park. Let's go!

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Adults $5.00 entrance fee to park

Children $5.00 entrance fee to park

Last Update 2023

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Dayton State Park FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Dayton State Park?

Take a picnic! There are several picnic sites are located throughout the park and the cottonwood grove near the old mill site.

Any top tips when visiting?

Quiet hours are 10pm to 7am. It's also worth noting that swimming or playing in or near the canals and head gates is dangerous and is not allowed.

Teachers corner

Information about program scheduling may be obtained from either park staff or kiosks. Upon request, special presentations can be arranged for groups.

Does Dayton State Park have healthy eating or Vegan options?

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water to keep hydrated!

Any additonal information?

There are ten campsites at the park that can accommodate 34' RVs, with picnic tables and barbecues. A dump station and restrooms with flush toilets are also available. The camping limit is seven days in a 30-day period.