Looking south from Genoa, Nevada, toward the Carson Range
|Elevation||10,881 ft (3,317 m) |
|Length||50 mi (80 km) N-S|
|Width||5-10 mi (8.0-16.1 km) E-W|
|States||Nevada and California|
|Parent range||Sierra Nevada (U.S.)|
|Borders on||northeast: Reno, Nevada|
west: Lake Tahoe
|Topo map||USGS Mount Rose|
The mountain range is about 50 miles (80 km) long and 5-10 miles (8-16 km) wide, with 3/4 of the range lying within the state of Nevada. The Carson Range, along with its parent the Sierra Nevada, together cast a rain shadow over the Greater Reno Area and Carson City.
Unlike the main crest of the Sierra Nevada to the west of Lake Tahoe, the Carson Range loses its snow much earlier (April), and gains it much later (December). 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 and Marlette Lake.
Travel between Lake Tahoe and Carson City is possible via US 50 over Spooner Summit, or NV 207 over Daggett Pass. Winding through the northern half of the range lies NV 431, connecting Incline Village to Reno over Mount Rose Summit.
The Tahoe Rim Trail traverses this mountain range.