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Dayton State Park

Dayton State Park

Dayton State Park Overview

At the foot of the Virginia Range, on the banks of the Carson River, Dayton State Park is rich in picturesque beauty as well as gold and silver mining history.

The park features the remains of the Rock Point Mill built in 1861, a remnant of Dayton’s mining glory days. Old stone walls from the mill, one of the first to process ore from the Comstock Lode, still stand among cottonwood, sagebrush, and willows.

Originally a Paiute fishing camp, the park provides a scenic site to camp, picnic, hike, or hold group outings.

Visitors may catch a glimpse of one or more of the hawks, foxes, or porcupines that call this beautiful park home.

Hours Open

Open seven days a week, 365 days a year.


There is a fee of $5 per vehicle.

Dayton State Park in Lyon County, NV Amenities

  • ADA Campsites
  • Bike Trails
  • Bird Watching 
  • Campsites
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Site
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms
  • RV Dump Station


There are ten campsites at the park that can accommodate 34′ RVs, with picnic tables and barbecues.

A dump station and restrooms with flush toilets are also available.

The camping limit is seven days in a 30-day period.

Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Camping is $15 per night.

Hiking at Dayton State Park

Two short hikes can take you from the campground to the Carson River or to the Rock Mill Site.


Cottontails and ground squirrels are plentiful. An observant visitor will see a hawk, coyote, fox, mule deer, or porcupine. 

Dayton State Park