In season, park rangers offer history walks that describe the life and hardships immigrants faced while traveling west on the California Trail in its heyday, and other special events. Call ahead for current schedules.
Those up for a more strenuous hike than the park allows can seek out the Genoa Trail system, which connects about 16 miles of rugged mountainous trails and ends up right in town. The Genoa Canyon Trail starts at the end of Carson Street and follows Genoa Canyon Creek through a shady riparian zone before switchbacking up the hillside into the Sierras, with a small, scenic waterfall at about the three-mile mark. Those seeking more exercise and mountain air might continue on to join the Sierra Canyon Trail for a more challenging 8.2-mile loop with significant elevation.
For a cold refreshment post-hike, belly up to the bar at—reportedly—the oldest saloon in Nevada, the Genoa Bar and Saloon, conveniently located across from the park. Founded in 1853 and filled to the brim with old photographs and memorabilia from visits by stars of the silver screen and politicians, this old wooden building hosts a convivial “thirst parlour,” as its sign says. The interior sports just a few stools along the bar, a jukebox, and a pool table, but expanded seating by a fire pit on the outdoor patio welcome larger groups.