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Kershaw Ryan State Park, Caliente

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State Park
Kershaw–Ryan State Park is a public recreation area on Nevada State Route 317, south of the town of Caliente, Nevada. The state park covers at the northern end of Rainbow Canyon in an area that was homesteaded in 1873.HistoryThe canyon was settled in 1873 by Samuel and Hannah Kershaw, who operated a ranch called the Meadow Valley Wash Ranch. In 1904, they sold the property to rancher James Ryan, who donated the land to the state in 1926 to be a public park. The Civilian Conservation Corps developed visitor amenities in 1934, and Kershaw–Ryan State Park was officially established the following year.Activities and amenitiesThe park offers camping, picnicking, and a group-use area. Hikers can explore the 1.5mi Canyon Overlook Trail and shorter Rattlesnake Loop.
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  • This is a beautiful little area, but there just isn't much here. It took us a bout 1 hour to see the entire park, including the little hike in the back. Really pretty, but it it just a small park.  more »
  • What an amazing surprize it was to see the abundance of natural water located in this gorgeous park. If you've been on the road for awihle and in the middle of nowhere, the place will amaze you and pr...  more »
  • If you are in the area this is a MUST see! Great for the entire family. Camp grounds, horseshoes, sand volleyball, hiking, swimming for the little ones, you can grill your own food and enjoy the peace...  more »
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  • It's a nice park for locals, but no place to travel to. It offers some nice landscaped area and what looks like a couple wilder hikes, but people from Vegas or Utah or Reno have closer parks with the same amenities.
  • This lovely park is right at the beginning of rainbow canyon. The camping sites are all gravel, but I don't mind that, even with a tent. The bathrooms are amazing! Clean, flush toilets, and running water! In the back of the park is a really lovely recreational area with all sorts of things: a pavilion, a koi pond, a playset, horseshoes, benches, a trail, and more! And I had the place to myself the morning I visited. Definitely worth it to stop by and relax if you have the time.
  • Love this park
  • Stopped here for 1 night on a trek between Lake Powell and Reno as it's about half way. The park is in a long narrow canyon with steep cliff on both sides and is very scenic if you like desert terrain. Sites are large and level and will accomodate even the largest RVs. Spaces are mostly back in but there are several that allow paralell parking with the table next to the parking spaces.The day use area, about 1/2 mile further up the canyon is a fertle oasis in the desert, heavily treed and has a number of picnic areas for groups, families, play area, wading pool, fountains, gardens, hiking trails, etc. While the park itself has been around for decades, the camping area is only about 3 or 4 years old and the facilities are still new and sparkling clean. No hookups but water spigots are abundant throughout. Bathrooms are large individual units and the showers are handicap accessable. (25 cents for 4 minutes) This park is a gem in the high desert of Nevada, out of the way and very peaceful. Highly recommended for one or two nights and at 18 bucks a real bargain.