Looking for Dayton, NV Info

TexasJackKin

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We are still planing our escape to Nevada, and have been looking in the Carson Valley area, but have found a place near Dayton, that looks promising.

Is there anything we should know about the area? Shooting ranges, or shooting areas? Or any inside information on weather, or local politics that we should know about? Or anything else we should be thinking about?

Thanks for any information you can provide.
 
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The Carson City range is right on the border with Dayton on highway 50, and is a great range to use. Open to the public during all daylight hours, 365 days a year, no fee, no overbearing range masters, just freedom to shoot. Has ranges for longer range rifle, short range pistol, and some pits around the back to do pretty much anything you want. It's the closest range to me, so whenever I don't feel like venturing deep out into the desert, I shoot there. That said, there's lots of open desert quickly and easily accessible to Dayton that should be equally enjoyable for you to shoot. Take a trip over to the BLM field office in Carson just off highway 50 to talk to them and get a detailed map of the places on BLM land where you can shoot. They are very helpful over there.

I live in Washoe County, and I'm not as directly familiar with the politics in Lyon county, but my impression is that they probably lean further to the right generally than Washoe. It's certainly very gun friendly, very pro-freedom, very spread out and easy to live there from what I can see. I mean, basically no traffic or congestion, slower pace of life. Nothing like being in downtown Reno.

It's cold in the winter and hot in the summer, and pretty dry all the time. It's far enough away from the sierras that you won't get buried in snow out there. The further you are east of the mountains, the less precipitation/snow you will see.

Apart from rush hour times, it takes about 40-45 minutes to go from the I-80/395 spaghetti bowl in Reno to the Carson/Dayton border on highway 50. Not too bad. Traffic doesn't usually clog things up bad unless there's an accident, and I don't recall ever seeing highway 50 through Dayton/Carson backed up.

Fuel is definitely cheaper out there in Dayton/Carson as well. I usually fill up at the new Maverik on highway 50 when I'm down there, as it is about the cheapest around, and they have ethanol free gas available as well. Good if you have any older/classic vehicles.

No smog out there either! Another huge plus, especially if you have older cars or like to tinker with your vehicles.

You'll probably head into Carson to do most of your big store shopping(Walmart, Costco, etc).

Depending on what you're doing for work, I can't imagine a freedom-minded person not liking it.
 

TexasJackKin

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Thanks, that just the type of information I've been looking for.

I retired about 8 months ago, after a career as a machinist / Tool and Die maker. So, finding work isn't an issue for us. Just looking to breath free, I'm embarrassed to admit I'm born and raised in California, but this has become a place that dosen't want people like me around anymore. California is well on it's way to collapsing under the weight of it's own stupidity, and it will be great watching that from a safe distance!

Sorry, I got kind of spun up there, but then I think you all feel somewhat the same.
 
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Thanks, that just the type of information I've been looking for.

I retired about 8 months ago, after a career as a machinist / Tool and Die maker. So, finding work isn't an issue for us. Just looking to breath free, I'm embarrassed to admit I'm born and raised in California, but this has become a place that dosen't want people like me around anymore. California is well on it's way to collapsing under the weight of it's own stupidity, and it will be great watching that from a safe distance!

Sorry, I got kind of spun up there, but then I think you all feel somewhat the same.
You won't find many, if any, people on this forum who would be offended by that kind of talk, and if they are too bad! You're absolutely right, that state is going down the damn tubes, and fast.

If you embrace freedom, guns, individual rights, and want a place to spread out a bit, you'll fit right in around Dayton. The population density drops dramatically as you go east on 50 out of Carson, so you don't have to live a long ways out of town to have a lot more room and a lot less congestion. I was out in Stagecoach working a few days ago and was loving the peace and quiet there. Had a super smooth trip there and back without a hint of traffic in either direction. And I personally love desert scenery. I know that's not everyone's thing, but I absolutely love it. I feel right at home deep out in the desert. You get a nice view of the sierras, while also having a lot of undisturbed desert scenery out there in Dayton and further east as well.

One of the things I like about this area is the plethora of good, inexpensive casino restaurants. I travel all over the place randomly as a result of my work, so I tend to eat out a lot, and I've got a few key favorites in all the locales around here. I'm not a gambling man, but I will certainly take advantage of the casino MO of providing good food to get people in the door. I've stopped at the Pioneer Crossing casino in Dayton a few times when I've been out that way, had a couple really good philly cheesesteaks and other sandwiches.
 

TexasJackKin

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While we're both in good health now, the fact that we're retired means we're getting older, and my wife wisely suggests, that we need to be near a hospital or other emergency medical facility.

I've poked around on line, and not having much luck determining just what is available in the area.

We're going to be up that way Friday and Saturday to look at a place that backs up to the Carson river, and do some poking around while we are there.
 
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I left that state as well, your thinking on getting out is right on. I retired from Travis and got out as quick as I could, that place has no love for anybody, except the wetbacks! Just don't bring that liberal/voting mentality with you as you'll only make your life worse! I do miss the weather though but nothing else. I raise my 1 fingered salute to the west from a mile east of the border. Good Luck
 

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Thanks, that just the type of information I've been looking for.

I retired about 8 months ago, after a career as a machinist / Tool and Die maker. So, finding work isn't an issue for us. Just looking to breath free, I'm embarrassed to admit I'm born and raised in California, but this has become a place that dosen't want people like me around anymore. California is well on it's way to collapsing under the weight of it's own stupidity, and it will be great watching that from a safe distance!

Sorry, I got kind of spun up there, but then I think you all feel somewhat the same.
Mike are you still/will be doing work? Hard to find tool/die makers here on the coast. I do all my business back east.
 

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Arrived in Dayton three years ago. Dayton address, but not in city limits. Quiet, country like (still desert), folks mind their own business, affordable, etc. Lyon County / Dayton definitely “right” of “lefty” Clark and Washoe counties. Personally enjoying the desert, quiet area living, zero hustle and bustle of city living, retirement, ease of shooting (Carson range and open desert), etc.

Pleased with my decision to locate here in Dayton. Refugee of komifornia, Virginia, Maryland and Hawaii (retired military and Federal employee). That said, Nevada is slowly going dumocrat lefty. Or so I believe. Back to Dayton as requested…

As mentioned above, retired and personally aged a bit. Family doctor and urgent care located in Dayton, is Carson Tahoe affiliated (medical group). Very near Smith's grocery. Hospital wise and numerous specialist offices are also Carson Tahoe affiliation and we have used are in Carson, adjacent to the I580/Carson interchange. Large modern facilities with as best I can tell excellent physicians. For me, zero concerns regarding medical availability and short drive…<5 minutes family doctor / urgent care facility. Hospital and specialists <30 minutes. Dayton proper/downtown <20 minutes to hospital / specialists.

Only thing that would get me to relocate from Dayton / NV, is if NV legislature passes idiotic 2A controls the next Governor signs into law. Strongly of the “...shall not be infringed…” mindset.

Feel free to launch specific or general concerns that may arise.

Brad
 

TexasJackKin

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Mike are you still/will be doing work? Hard to find tool/die makers here on the coast. I do all my business back east.
No, I'm retired, but will probably set up a little hobby shop, for gun smith type work. If/when, always willing to help someone out....
 

Mr. B

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I just moved to Dayton from Concord in September. It's a nice place to live. People are friendly.

What is called Dayton is actually a couple of different communities, linked along hwy 50, extending about ten miles from West to East. The "Old Town Dayton" area is one the West side, then the Sutro area, then the Occidental/River Park (iirc) area.

Dayton has several fire stations, and law enforcement is provided by the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, which has a substation here. There are three elementary schools, an intermediate school, and a high school in Dayton.

There's one big supermarket (Smith's - which is a Kroger subsidiary), and a couple of smaller (Family Dollar/Dollar General) markets. We even have a carniceria (which I haven't visited yet). Most Carson City businesses are only 20-30 minutes away, including things like Costco, Trader Joe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Petco, Best Buy, and other chain stores you may like having nearby.

There are a handful of restaurants in town, ranging from "hole in the wall" places, to chains, to moderately upscale. If you like pizza, the Pizza Factory in Dayton is very good. The First & Ten restaurant/sports bar is also good, and popular. Be aware of their closing hours, though.

There's a small airport, if you (or friends) fly, and a golf course, if you enjoy that kind of thing.

Nearby Virginia City has some fun tourist things to do when friends or family come to visit, and there are many beautiful outdoor areas for picnics and camping within an hour's drive.

Dayton is in the rain shadow of the Sierras, and also of the Carson Valley, so we don't tend to get a lot of rain - I haven't wintered over yet, so can't speak to the snow. It does get windy up here.

We have a dog park, a library, and a senior center.

The local range - Carson City - is a "bring your own target and stand" style range, and has a rifle and pistol area with benches, as well as several additional "no frills" shooting bays.

Dayton is not a big city, and not a center of "nightlife", but I'm happy I moved here.

Hope that helps!

Both Smith's and the fitness center are open 24 hours. I'm not sure about the hours of the casinos, because I haven't visited any of them at this point.
 

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I'm embarrassed to admit I'm born and raised in California, but this has become a place that dosen't want people like me around anymore.
I guess you have not been in this forum for long. I think you will find that the majority here was was born and raised in CA

I was born in San Francisco (but never lived there). I've lived in Daly City, San Mateo, Belmont, Millbrae , South San Francisco (not in SF) and I still have a place in Auburn, CA (Also a couple of homes in the Reno area).

I used to use the Carson range fairly often from Reno. Dayon is a lot closer to it.

I am now traveling around the SouthWest in my RV. I have been on the road for about 7 weeks.

-Don- White's City, NM
 
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The Carson river area is very beautiful I almost got a place there a few years ago. We have a place just east of Dayton now in Silver Springs.. Not much to add that hasn't been covered above. It is a nice area and the gun range in Carson is pretty cool although we shoot in the back yard out to 800 meters..
 

TexasJackKin

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Thank you all, a lot of very good information here, that I think is just not available any where else. It has offered a great perspective, from like minded folks. I learned a lot about the area, as well as a lot about some great Nevada Shooters!
 
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I drove down through Dayton to Stagecoach again today, and was reminded of something else.. for any old fuddy duddies like me out there that still actually listen to the radio(yes, actual FM radio) in the car, there aren't many stations out there. One or maybe two are passable depending on where you are, but none are nice and clear. Not a big factor by any means, just a tidbit is all. Most of the stations have transmitters on either Slide mountain or Peavine, both in Reno.

On a similar note, as far as broadcast TV goes(LOL, broadcast TV??), I'm betting you get next to nothing in Dayton. I get two and a half channels in Washoe Valley, and I'm just a few miles direct line of sight to the transmitters on Slide mountain. I can't get any stations that transmit from Peavine at all.

As for AM, the only station I listen to is 1270, just for SF Giants broadcasts. The station cuts power in half at 8pm, so I can pretty much only listen to day games and the first couple of innings for night games. I doubt you'd get it in Dayton at all.

Again, these certainly aren't life changing things, especially with most people using satellite/internet radio and such, I'm just sharing my little tidbits is all.

That complete lack of traffic on highway 50, even on a Friday afternoon, sure is nice :)
 

Mr. B

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I get a couple of decent stations clearly here - rock (104.5), classic rock (105.3), classic top 40 (103.7)... They are all on fequency presets shared by stations I listened to in the bay area, so I haven't really looked for more stations outside of these, but I'm sure there are a couple more on the dial.

Signal seems to stay pretty clear on all of them out to Silver Springs (the extent of my work area).
 
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I get a couple of decent stations clearly here - rock (104.5), classic rock (105.3), classic top 40 (103.7)... They are all on fequency presets shared by stations I listened to in the bay area, so I haven't really looked for more stations outside of these, but I'm sure there are a couple more on the dial.

Signal seems to stay pretty clear on all of them out to Silver Springs (the extent of my work area).
Could be my 20 year old radio tuner in my van is weak. Those were just my impressions passing through today. I get those and a bunch of other stations fine in Reno, so I figured they were just weak/blocked by hills out there.
 

Mr. B

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I drive a three year old econobox with no upgrades and things sound fine, so either it's your electronics (probably antenna), or your system is just so much better than mine that you can hear the static that mine doesn't pick up. ;)
 

Mr. B

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Some tips for if you do move up here:

You can get a lot of DMV things done at the county courthouse, instead of going to the huge DMV in Carson City. From Dayton, Story County's courthouse in Virginia City is much closer than the Lyon County courthouse in Yerington. If you need a VIN verification, the Lyon County Sherrif can send a volunteer to perform that for you.

Vets get a break on property (home or car) taxes - if you are a vet, check into it (have to go to your home county courthouse to get that started, though).

The credit union in Dayton - GNCU - requires proof of residency before you can open an account.