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Kershaw Ryan State Park, Caliente

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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 great park for families. There are picnic/barbecue facilities, wading pool, and hiking trails. The trails are short and pretty easy but do watch your footing in certain areas. It is just out...  more »
  • We made a quick trip into the park and the kids went for a dip in the swimming hole they loved it it's a beautiful place you have got to visit if you're in the area it's a real gem. Only minutes from ...  more »
  • Not what I was expecting. Drove in and paid the $5 for Nevadans and then drove to the end of the road in about 5 minutes. Very short road led the way into a beautiful green canyon. There was a spring ...  more »
  • Short drive into the canyon but what a surprise!! Green manicured areas for play, spring fed wading pool for the kids to play in, fish pond with a garden waterfall, and lots of roses. There are grills, picnic tables, covered areas that can be reserved and we found a bunch of horseshoe pits and even a sandy volley ball court. And didn't go on them but there were even some hiking trails!! Bring a picnic and check it out!
  • This small park is a beauty. You can tell that Mark, the host, loves living and working here--he is full of information about how the aquifers have enabled them to irrigate lots of new trees and grape vines. All lovely. Ultra-clean. This place deserves our respect!
  • A beautiful Park and campground! Love it here in the fall the leaves are the most colorful I've seen!
  • This place is my secret hidden gem. Don't tell anyone!
  • 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.

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