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Dayton State Park
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Dayton State Park Day use area © Margaret Fogarty
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Dayton State Park Oak Trees © Margaret Fogarty
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Dayton State Park Trees © Margaret Fogarty
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Dayton State Park © Gary OToole
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1060 Mallory way
Carson City, Nevada   89701

Phone: 775-687-5678
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Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada's first permanent settlements. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, 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. Picnicking, camping and group use facilities are available. Dayton summer temperatures range from 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit with lows around 40-50 degrees. Dayton State Park is located on U.S. 50, 12 miles east of Carson City.
The park is open year-round with 10 campsites. Camping is first-come, first served and there is usually a campsite available. Campsite is limited to 34 feet total length.

Group Area : The group use pavilion has hot and cold water-sink, electricity, tables and a large BBQ. It is available by reservation only for weddings, reunions, birthdays, kid's parties or just for fun. The rental fee varies by the number of people. Fees for group use, click here. For reservations, call 775-687-5678.

Area Attractions
Rock Point Mill Site:

Ruins of the Rock Point Mill todayNothing but the foundations remains today, but with imagination you can visualize what was once here. When the silver boom began in Virginia City, Gold Hill and Silver City, a place was needed to process the ore and free the precious metals. Water was needed for this process. This led to the development of a series of stamp mills up and down the Carson River.

One of the largest of these was the Rock Point Mill built in 1861 at a cost of $200,000. The power source for the mill was water brought from the Carson River in a wooden flume.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 12 Great Location by Margaret_F
park review stars; one to five Flushing toilets, residential Peacock, very cool trees, what more could you ask for. Situated a half hour to Tahoe and Washoe Lake and 10 minutes to Virginia City. You are close to the road but oh well.
August 8 Awesome place to take the kids! by Jessica Grant
park review stars; one to five I reciently visited the park for the first time. I have lived in Dayton for almost three years and have always driven by and never stopped until yesterday. Because of the small size of the park the trails are the perfect size for childrens small legs. We saw butterflies, dragonflies, squirrels and birds. It was a great learning experience.
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Comstock Country RV Resort
5400 South Carson Street
Carson City, NV
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