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. The buildings are open when staffed, usually Wednesday 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, deteriorating brick slaughterhouse (danger!) and modern residence are on private land. Please do not trespass there.
Guided tours of the historic Dangberg ranch house are available year-round, by reservation. Activities and events take place from May through December. Or, just come relax in the park’s beautiful setting, with a picnic and a view of the Carson Range.
Guided History Tours
The best way to see the park is to schedule a tour of the ranch house. Docents lead visitors through the entire main level, from living room to the cowboys’ dining hall, and reveal the history of Carson Valley ranching through one family’s private and public history. The stories told by the artifacts and photographs will make you laugh, cry and reflect.
Reservations are required and the tours are available year-round on selected days, including weekends. Call 775-783-9417, or write firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee is $8 for 17 and older, free for 16 and younger.
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. Non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted on the full tour, but motorized wheelchairs have only limited access in order to care for the fragile Persian rugs. There are several short, one-level steps. The tour lasts just over one hour, but chairs are available if needed. Small children will not enjoy the tour.
You can also see inside the “stone cellar” (built 1870) and a laundry house (1906). Our museum store is in the garage by the garden. There’s a great selection of jewelry, gifts and books on Nevada history. Cash or checks only.
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.
Please leave pets at home, they are not allowed in the park, as per Douglas County regulations.
The historic buildings and the views of Carson Valley and the Sierra Nevada create many opportunities for great images. Professional photographers should contact us to talk about our policies.
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 Highway 88.
Tours and daily operations are made by possible by the generous support of:
• The 300+ members of the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch
• Christopher Bently and Bently Enterprises
• Soaring NV Douglas County
• The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation