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Historic charm attracts visitors year-round

Historic Genoa, Nevada, is nestled at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Range, just 25 minutes east of beautiful Lake Tahoe, and one hour south of Reno.

It is home to Mormon Station Memorial State Park which commemorates the settlement of Nevada in 1851, when the first permanent trading post was established by a group of Mormon traders from Salt Lake City.

Genoa’s natural beauty and historic charm still beckon travelers and local wildlife. It is not unusual to spot mule deer as they come down from the forested area on the west side of Genoa and cross local roads to graze on vegetation or fields along the Carson River Valley to the east of Genoa.

The small town of approximately 250 residents and many local amenities and shops, welcomes visitors for a day trip or longer restful stay. Plan to learn about Genoa’s past with a visit to Mormon Station State Park Museum, Genoa Courthouse Museum, the Genoa Cemetery and the Hanging Tree. Stroll through a variety of shops, and be sure to make time for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

Considering a stay in Genoa? There is much to do in the surrounding area including hiking, biking, golfing, flying, fishing and shopping, just to name a few. Click here to link to the Carson Valley Visitors Authority for more information about Genoa and the surrounding Carson Valley.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the last weekend in September to visit the town’s annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire. Since 1919, the residents of Genoa have made the wonderful homemade candy sold during the weekend and complimented by a Saturday night dinner-dance. Over the years the event has evolved, and today the Genoa Candy Dance is well-known as one of the greatest craft fairs in Northern Nevada drawing artisans from all over the west who come to sell their wares.

Visitor Links to local attractions and accomodations

Local area tourism and visitor Web links:

  1. Carson Valley Visitors Authority, Visit Carson
  2. Nevada Commission on Tourism
  3. Attractions, Local Getaways and Fun Places — in 60 minutes or less!


DISTANCE (in miles)
Genoa Reno
Genoa Carson City
Genoa Minden/Gardnerville
Genoa Lake Tahoe


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Community Information

Average summer high temperature: 85° F.

Average winter high temperature: 40° F.

Average annual precipitation: 9 inches

Horticultural Zone(s): 4 to 9

Altitude: 4,700 +/- ft.


Genoa's variable weather part of its charm — Bring a sweater or a windbreaker

If you are planning a visit to Genoa, make sure you check the weather conditions. Winter brings snow and ice to most of the sloped streets of Genoa, so you'll want to carry chains.

Spring can be mild and warm, or, stormy and cold. It's always good to bring warm and cold weather clothing and wear layered clothing as it might be very cold in the morning and quite warm in the afternoon. Genoa's location at the foot of the Sierra Nevada sees the earliest morning sunrise, but also early afternoon sunsets. Temperatures fall after the sun drops behind the mountains, sometimes more than 40 degrees (F.).

Summer average temperatures from June through August can range from the low 90s during the midday to the mid 40s and 50s at night. Bring your sunscreen, at almost 5,000 feet above sea-level, the thinner air can give you a sunburn — if you're not careful.

Fall in Genoa is possibly the best season of the year. Temperatures are mostly mild and percipitation is low and the winds are favorable

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