50VISIT At times, the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is closed for a private function or we’re having an event that requires a ticket. Otherwise, the park is open during daylight hours seven days a week. Some historic outbuildings are open when staffed, usually Tuesday through Sunday. If the gate is shut, that’s just because there are cattle in the pasture. Just open it, park inside the fence, and leave the gate how you found it. The access road crosses private land, so parking along the road is not permitted.
The 1875 barn, corral, and deteriorating brick slaughterhouse (danger!) are on private land. Please do not trespass there. The historic Dangberg ranch house is open for drop-in visitors on a set schedule that changes seasonally (see Updates below). Public activities and events take place from May through December (see our Events page). Everyone is welcome to just come relax in the park’s beautiful setting, with a picnic and a view of the Carson Range.
APRIL 2021 UPDATE: The Ranch House is now open for drop-in visitors Thursdays-Sundays from 1-4pm, with the exception of these 2021 dates, when the entire park is closed for private events: May 20-21, May 28-30, June 19, June 25-27., August 21-22, August 28-29, and September 17-19. Additional closure dates may be announced.
Visitors to the ranch house will see the the living room, library, cowboys’ dining hall, kitchen and more, with many artifacts and photographs that take them back into the history of Carson Valley ranching through one family’s private and public lives. Reservations are NOT required, but donations are requested to help maintain and operate the park.
The park is undeveloped, but toilets, picnic tables and other amenities are available. Sidewalks are few and the ground could be muddy in wet weather. There are several short, one-level steps to enter/exit some buildings.
Bus Tours and Other Large Groups: You’re welcome to come see the park and ranch house as described here, but if there’s 20 or more of you it’s best if you call ahead so that we can be at our best. Groups and commercial operators can reserve the park’s 40’x40′ tent, with picnic table seating for 50, for a fee–just contact us in advance to learn more. Interpretive history presentations by the Park’s staff are also available. 775-783-9417, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Buildings You can also see inside the “stone cellar” (built 1870), a laundry house (1906) and carriage house (1917). The museum’s store is in the garage (1917) by the garden. There’s a great selection of jewelry, gifts and books on Nevada history.
Picnicking and Recreation Bring a picnic and enjoy the views of the Carson Range and majestic Jobs Peak from the park’s back lawn. There’s plenty of space for games.
Pets Pets must be leashed at all times and pet owners are responsible for cleanup. Pets are not allowed inside the ranch house, nor during special events (such as concerts, speakers, etc.), with the exception of certified service dogs.
Photography The historic buildings, wild birds, garden, and views of Carson Valley and the Sierra Nevada create many opportunities for great images. Commercial photography requires a permit and fee.
Location The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, just west of Minden, NV. The entrance is about ¾ mile south of the roundabout at the intersection of County Road with NV-SR 88.