Forty six miles south of Reno, Minden is a small place beside the Carson River, close to the edge of the Sierra Nevada and the Toiyabe National Forest; Hwy 207 climbs over a ridge at Daggett Pass and reaches the east shore of Lake Tahoe, just 17 miles from town. US 395 is the main route through Minden, heading south to Topaz Lake and Mono Lake, and the built up area extends about 5 miles along the highway, incorporating the adjacent community of Gardnerville.
Attractions within a few miles of Minden include Carson Valley Museum, Lahontan National Fish Hatchery, Mormon Station State Historic Park and Genoa Courthouse Museum.
The newest hotel in Minden is the 101 room/suite Holiday Inn Express (open summer 2009), located along Hwy 88 in the town center, close to the US 395 intersection and a short walk from various restaurants and shops. Half the rooms have unobstructed views westwards to the 9,000 foot mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe - the hotel is just 16 miles from the lake's south shore at Stateline, and 22 miles from Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Rates are reasonable and amenities are good, including free hot buffet breakfast, a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, business center and free wi-fi.
Just off the main north-south highway US 395, along Ironwood Drive, Quality Inn Minden has a scenic location in Carson Valley at the foot of the steep slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, east of Lake Tahoe. The center of Minden with its shops, restaurants and casino, is one mile southwest, along US 395. The pet friendly hotel has 83 rooms, a heated outdoor pool, children's playground and guest laundry. Free full breakfast is provided and there is one restaurant adjacent.