The Carson Range is a spur of the Sierra Nevada in eastern California and western Nevada that starts at Carson Pass and stretches north to the Truckee River near Verdi, Nevada. The mountain range about 50 miles long and 5-10 miles wide, the Carson and Sierra Nevada mountains together cast a rain shadow over the Greater Reno Area and Carson City. Unlike the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west of Lake Tahoe, the Carson Range loses its snow much earlier, in fact, it receives about half the snowfall as mountains west of the lake. Meltwater from the range feeds into the Truckee River and West Fork Carson River, as well as Lake Tahoe, travel between Lake Tahoe and Carson City is possible via US50 over Spooner Summit, or NV207 over Daggett Pass. Winding through the half of the range lies NV431. The Tahoe Rim Trail traverses this mountain range
US 50 traverses the western slopes of the Carson Range.