At the heart of the Truckee Meadows is a place where weary travelers, herds of mule deer, local schoolchildren, and a prominent Nevada family would dwell and thrive for generations.
Green pastures. Scenic ridgelines. The historic Heinz Ranch was a spectacular first vista seen by visitors entering Nevada from the west.
Nevada Land Trust facilitated the acquisition of 400 acres known as the Heinz Ranch, a historic and natural gem nestled near the community of Cold Springs, 17 miles north of downtown Reno, bordering the White Lake playa. Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains the land for public use.
A working ranch for nearly 120 years, the historic Heinz Ranch has played an integral role in the infrastructure, economic and educational development of the Truckee Meadows. The ranch served weary travelers when it was a stagecoach stop between Reno and Susanville, California; it educated our youth during the 1800’s when it was used as a community schoolhouse; and it housed the area’s only post office in the early 1900’s.
The ranch has had a lasting cultural impact in the region as well, perpetuating a strong heritage of ranching, wildlife preservation and outdoor activity.
“Wilderness was my escape. I used to watch a herd of sometimes 200 mule deer travel east across our ranch, moving down from the Sierra for the winter. Re-establishing the mule deer herds to something close to that size would make my heart feel good.” These were the sentiments of Dennis Charley, a member of the Heinz family, who has seen first-hand how wildlife interact with and depend on the land.
- Conservation Values:
- Mule Deer Habitat
- Public Access:
- 400 acres