All Other Destinations and Attractions in Nevada
The city of Winnemucca calls itself the "Crossroads of the West". The city has a pleasant high desert climate and has done a fine job of restoring and preserving its 19th Century architecture. Winnemucca boasts of over 1000 hotel rooms and is a great spot to base yourself to explore the surrounding hiking, biking, and ATV trails.
Buckaroo Hall of Fame
For those who always wanted to be a cowboy, the Buckaroo Hall of Fame is the place to go when in Winnemucca. Here visitors will find an overwhelming assortment of cowboy paraphernalia including hats, boots, ropes, and surprisingly, sculptures and drawings. The Buckaroo Hall of Fame also has interesting displays on some of North America's most famous cowboys.
The Humboldt Museum is located in the town of Winnemucca and overlooks the Humboldt River. The museum's collection is comprised mainly of Native American artifacts, old Pioneer memorabilia, old bottles, and many other interesting items. The Humboldt Museum has a special focus on the local history of the town and surrounding areas.
Address: 175 Jungo Road, Winnemucca, NV 89446-0819, United States
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Useful tips: Donations are accepted. The museum has maps available for visitors to explore the town's historical sites.
West Wendover, Nevada
The city of West Wendover bills itself as fun and outdoorsy. It boasts multiple hotels featuring top-notch entertainment to keep you busy during the evening and a plethora of outdoor activities and nearby parks to keep you active during the day. One attraction outside of town that is worth visiting is the Raptor Migrating Range where these beautiful and deadly hunters can be observed in their natural habitat.
Wendover Air Field
The historic Wendover Air Field was built in the early 1940s to be used for bombing and gunnery ranges. The terrain in this area was deemed to be the most appropriate for such activities. The Wendover Air Field was used intensely during WWII for training purposes. Today the buildings have undergone and continue to undergo restoration work. Stop by the Wendover Airfield Museum to learn about the complete history.
The town of Tonopah was once called the Queen of Silver Camps. The city was founded in 1900 and is located halfway between Reno and Las Vegas. The city enjoys a high desert climate, as it is located at 2016m / 6020ft. Surrounding the city are small ghost towns that can be explored on foot and in town one of the highlights is the Tonopah Mining Park.
Central Nevada Museum
The citizens of Tonopah are proud of the Central Nevada Museum, and with good reason. This unique museum conducts extensive research and also offers displays related to the local characters that have passed through the surrounding areas. Some of these people include Howard Hughes and lawmen Wyatt and Virgil Earp. The Central Nevada Museum also boasts of a great collection of maps and photos.
Address: 1900 Logan Field Road, Box 326, Tonopah, NV 89049-0326, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Donations are accepted. A large parking lot is available for all RV's.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Tonopah Mining Park
The Tonopah Mining Park is located in the city of Tonopah, once called the Queen of Silver Camps. The park features a variety of mining equipment and interesting displays but the most exciting part is the Underground Tour. Here visitors walk into the old mine and are able to gaze down a 160m / 500ft tunnel shaft.
Address: 301 West Brougher, Box 965, Tonopah, NV 89049-0965, United States
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Sep 30: 9am-5pm
Oct 1 to Mar 31: 10am-4pm
Oct 1 to Mar 31: 10am-4pm
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Child 12 & under $3.00, Military discount FREE, Child 6 & under FREE
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Typical Visit: 1 hour
The very small town of Sutcliffe is located on the shores of Pyramid Lake. The town operates as a service center for the legions of day-trippers to one of Nevada's most popular lakes. Sutcliffe is located on the lands of the Pauite Indian Reservation.
Pyramid Lake located near Sutcliffe is a saline lake that is a favorite destination for canoeists, kayakers, and motorboat enthusiasts. The lake has multiple launches for your equipment and the lake is quite large so there's lots of room for everyone. A pleasant day can be had out on the water with the brown mountains and clear blue skies as a picture-postcard backdrop.
Spring Mountain National Recreation Area
The Spring Mountain National Recreation Area was established in 1993 and includes an area of 316,000 acres ranging in elevation from 2,600 feet to 11,918 feet. Spring Mountain is the unofficial name for Mount Charleston, the third highest peak in Nevada. The area is part of the Toiyabe National Forest.
Address: 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301, United States
Towering over the valley that contains Las Vegas, Mount Charleston is an impressive sight. It seems strange to look up from the sweltering valley floor and see snow on this mountain, nearly 3800m/12,000 ft high. Mount Charleston is located less than an hours drive from Las Vegas. There is a scenic drive which also features hiking trails, lookouts, and picnic spots.
The pleasant city of Sparks is located in the same valley as Reno and is Nevada's 5th fastest growing city. The city has done a fine job of restoring its 19th Century architecture and has won recognition from the White House for its efforts. The city is located at 1450m / 4500ft and enjoys a pleasant desert climate with lots of sunshine. Sparks has many festivals throughout the year including Best in the West Ribs coo off and Hot August Nights.
For a splish splashing good time when in Sparks, be sure to stop in at Wild Island. This park makes for a great family outing with a wide variety of water-based activities along with mini golf, bowling and go-karts. Also on site is a small roller coaster perfect for children. Note that each area of the park charges separate fees.
Sparks Heritage Museum
The Sparks Heritage Museum is located in the city of the same name. Here visitors will find the history of the city of Sparks laid out in an interesting and engaging format. The museum was established in the mid 1980's and has grown over the years to become a first class attraction in the city of Sparks.
Silver Springs, Nevada
The pleasant city of Silver Springs is located right beside the Lahontan Reservoir. Once called Jackrabbit Junction, the city has grown over the years to become a nice place to live. The city boasts of a number of town parks and offers good views over the reservoir to the Dead Camel Mountains. Lake Lahontan State Park and Fort Churchill State Park are located close by.
Fort Churchill State Historic Park
Located near Silver Springs, Fort Churchill State Historic Park is a great place to visit to brush up on your Nevada history. Built in 1861 and once a sturdy military fort, Fort Churchill is now in a state of "arrested display". A visitor center explains its purpose and history and for those wishing to stay overnight, camping is available. There is also access to the Carson River from the park.
The small town of Searchlight owes its original existence to a mining claim staked in 1897. From that day on the rich gold and silver veins were mined until they were exhausted in the early 20th Century. Today the town is a friendly relaxed place of about 800 inhabitants. One of the town's main attractions is the Searchlight Historical Museum.
Searchlight Historical Museum
The history of Searchlight is laid out for all to see at the Searchlight Historical Museum. The museum showcases the way that Searchlight came into existence and how its fortunes faded and then recovered over the past 150 plus years. Visitors will learn about the history of mining in Searchlight and its impact on the town's history.
Pioche (pop. 800) is located northeast of Las Vegas and is surrounded by several mountain ranges.
Million Dollar Courthouse
The Million Dollar Courthouse is located in Pioche. This unassuming structure was built during the heydays of the mineral boom in Pioche. The Million Dollar Courthouse was originally supposed to cost just over $16,000 to build in 1872, but the costs ballooned to $1 million by 1936. Consequently it gained the title of "Million Dollar Courthouse." Today, visitors can tour the building and peruse its interesting collections and informative displays.
Lincoln County Historical Museum
When visiting Pioche, be sure to stop in at the Lincoln County Historical Museum. This wonderful museum has a range of displays about the local and surrounding areas. Of particular note are the Native American items on display along with the mining tools and mineral specimens.
The thriving city of Mesquite sits at the foot of the Virgin Mountains. Located 128km / 80mi north of Las Vegas, the city bills itself as a resort destination. There are many things to see around Mesquite including hiking, biking, horseback riding and desert exploration. Mesquite is close to Zion National Park and other national Parks of Southern Utah that are easily accessible off of Interstate 15.
Virgin Valley Hertiage Museum (formerly the Desert Valley Museum)
For a little more local history when visiting Mesquite, stop in at the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. Here you will find a wonderful array of interesting displays detailing the life and times of the local area. A majority of the artifacts are from 1875 to 1935. The interesting building that houses the museum was built in 1940 and was at one time a hospital.
Address: 35 West Mesquite Boulevard, Box 69, Mesquite, NV 89024-0069, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Donations accepted.
The city of Lovelock bills itself as a Nevada's Banana Belt. This small town of approximately 2400 people was founded in 1868 and incorporated in 1917. The city is not large, only 3.2 square km, but packs in three public parks, a swimming pool, a skateboard park and many local business serving the surrounding areas.
The small town of Lovelock is home to an interesting museum located in Marzen House. The home was built in 1874 and has been restored to its former glory. Inside visitors will find a pleasing assortment of displays related to mining and Native American artifacts. Of particular note is the recreated Indian Cave exhibit.
Pershing County Courthouse
The Pershing County Courthouse is located in Lovelock. This wonderful 19th Century building is fronted by four massive columns and has a circular roof in the center block. The Pershing County Courthouse is one of the finest public buildings in Lovelock and tours are available for those wishing to view the inside.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is the largest forest in the continental USA, excluding Alaska. This amazing natural area is comprised of 6.3 million acres. The forest is not one continuous area, it is spread over 10 ranger districts. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest offers pretty much every outdoor pursuit imaginable from camping to hiking to fishing to hunting and skiing in winter.
Address: 1200 Franklin Way, Sparks, NV 89431, United States
Facilities: On-site accomodations
Lamoille Canyon Scenic Area
The sights and sounds of the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Area make it a must see for anyone traveling in Nevada that loves nature. The best part is you can drive right to the top! The Lamoille Canyon Scenic Area features a 19km / 12m scenic byway with pullouts for picture taking. A multitude of wildlife can be seen when visiting the area including mountain goats and big horn sheep. Note that the road ascends to 2900 m / 9000ft and may be snow covered until mid July.
Jarbidge is a former mining town that is today little more than a ghost town with a few buildings and dirt roads. The main attractions are the beautiful mountainous scenery that encompasses Jarbidge, and a few mining remnants. Visitors come here primarily to enjoy the outdoor activities such as 4 wheeling, dirt biking, horseback riding, and winter sports, or to see what 'used to be' of this town.
The small town of Hawthorne has a population of just over 3000 residents and was founded in the late 19th Century. Some of the main attractions include the Mineral County Museum, the old US Navy Ammunition Depot, and El Capitan, famous for its chicken fried steak.
Mineral County Museum
If you have a yearning to learn what lurks underground Nevada , visit the Mineral County Museum in Hawthorne. Learn about the minerals that made Nevada famous. Also on display are a wide variety of historical items including mining equipment, Victorian furniture, vintage clothing, and of particular note, early 19th Century mission bells.
The town of Gardnerville was founded in 1879 and has flourished over the years to become the pleasant place it is today. Some of the town's sights include Lampe Park with its meandering stream and the well-preserved downtown area. Gardnerville is a short drive East of Lake Tahoe and about one hour from Reno.
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
If you are visiting Carson Valley and have a yen to learn more about the region, the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center is just the place. Here visitors will find an extensive and varied collection detailing the life and times of the people who live in this interesting area. The museum also features a gift shop and picnic facilities on the expansive front lawns.
The town of Genoa was the first permanent settlement in the state of Nevada. The town was settled around the middle of the 19th Century and became an important trading post. Some attractions in town include the Genoa Cemetery, the Courthouse Museum, and the infamous Hanging Tree.
Genoa Courthouse Museum
The Genoa Courthouse museum was built in 1865 and has been refurbished to its original glory. The courthouse has served many purposes over the years and in 1978 it was officially converted to a museum. Exhibits in the Genoa Courthouse Museum include a courtroom, blacksmith shop, a jail, and a special exhibit on John "Snowshoe" Thompson, "Mailman of the Sierra".
Mormon Station State Historic Park
Mormon Station State Historic Park is located near the town of Genoa. This park is a pleasant spot to spend a few hours under the shady trees having a nice picnic. Mormon Station State Historic Park features a replica trading post outfitted to appear as it would have in 1851. Also on site is a small museum.
Visitors interested in ghost towns should be sure to visit Goldfield. Here they will find a good selection of abandoned boomtown buildings. Goldfield has some operating businesses but visitors should be prepared nevertheless. The town is a favorite haunt of photographers for the many unique sights including the Goldfield Hotel and the Esmeralda County Courthouse.
Goldfield Historic Equipment Park
Contrary to what you might believe, the Goldfield Historic Equipment Park is not an equipment park that deals with gold mining equipment. It is an attraction that houses all manner of equipment from WWII. Old aircraft engines, propellers, and various plane parts are all part of a self-guided tour. The Goldfield Historic Equipment Park is located next to the Goldfield library building.
First Methodist Episcopal Church
The First Methodist Episcopal Church in Goldfield is an interesting testament to the city's history. Built in 1908, the church has a rectory located beside it. The buildings have undergone extensive renovations and now house the Parsonage museum.
Some have called the city of Fallon the "Oasis of Nevada" and with good reason. Lush farms and ranches surround the city courtesy of the Carson and Truckee river diversions. Fans of the movie Topgun may want to stop by Fallon as the training grounds for the air force pilots, NAS, is located nearby and fighter jets frequently streak across the sky.
Churchill County Museum and Archives
The Churchill County Museum and Archives in Fallon is a wonderful repository for all things historical related to Churchill County. The museum bills itself as "the Best Little Museum on the Loneliest Road in America" and is chock full of memorabilia from the 19th and 20th Centuries including dresses, photographs, quilts, and a 1908 Oldsmobile. Located beside the Churchill County Museum and Archives is the Woodliff Novelty Store, one of the oldest buildings in Fallon.
Grimes Point Archeological Site
The Grimes Point Archaeological Site near the interesting town of Fallon is a great spot to view petroglyphs. The Native Indians used these rocks to carve interesting figures approximately 6000 years ago. The Grimes Point Archaeological Site also features an ancient storage cave that is well worth a look. A self-guiding trail takes visitors from attraction to attraction as points of interest are marked.
The boomtown of Eureka is a place that should be on every visitor's itinerary. Here tourists will find a well-preserved town right out of the 19th Century. Eureka features a great selection of architecture. Some standouts are the Opera House, Sentinel Museum, and Jackson House Hotel. The city is well set up to meet all the needs of the casual visitor with comfortable accommodation and good dining options.
Eureka Opera House
Eureka is a city chock full of interesting buildings from the 19th Century and the Opera House is no exception. Built in 1880 and restored to its former glory in 1993, the Opera House today is one of Eureka's artistic hotspots. The Eureka Opera House has seating for 300 patrons and two additional rooms that seat 50. These additional rooms also house the Opera House's fine art collection.
Eureka Sentinel Museum
The Eureka Sentinel Museum is a great spot to learn more about the town and its fascinating history. The museum is housed in the former Eureka Sentinel Newspaper Building that was built in 1879 and has been meticulously restored. There are a variety of exhibits spread throughout the museum, of particular note is the complete pressroom from the 19th Century. It is located on the first floor.
Eureka County Courthouse
Fans of Victorian architecture will be pleased to find the Eureka County Courthouse. Built in 1879-1890 out of brick and sandstone, the Eureka County Courthouse has been carefully preserved and restored over the years. The courthouse was built when Eureka was a lead and silver mining boomtown.
The small town of Caliente, population just over 1000 souls, was founded around the turn of the 20th Century. The town owes its origins to the railroads, as it was a major division point for the steam engines. Fans of westerns will be keen to check out Caliente, as it was once one of Zane Grey's favorite writing locations.
Caliente Railroad Depot Boxcar Museum
A visit to Caliente will not be complete unless you stop in at the Railroad Depot Boxcar Museum. Inside visitors will find a variety of displays and information related to the history of the railroads in the local area. The Railroad Depot Boxcar Museum is housed in a beautifully restored mission-styled railway station.
Blue Diamond, Nevada
The very small town on Blue Diamond has a population of just fewer than 500 people. The town is mainly a service center to the nearby Spring Mountain State Park and Bonnie Spring Ranch. The town offers limited amenities, however, food and drink are available. Blue Diamond is easily located off of Highway 159.
Bonnie Springs Ranch
Bonnie Springs Ranch near Blue Diamond offers visitors the chance to step back in time to the era of the "Wild West". Bonnie Springs Ranch is a replica of a mining town from the late 19th Century complete with wooden sidewalks, stagecoaches, and saloons. Of interest to the children will be the petting zoo, miniature train, and on the weekends, a "posse" show where the kids track down an outlaw.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Once owned by millionaire Howard Hughes, the Spring Mountain Ranch near Blue Diamond, is now a Nevada State Park. This 520-acre site has a multitude of natural springs that have been used for generations of by Native Americans. A visitor's center is onsite along with a pleasant area for picnics under trees that are over 400 years old. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is located 24 km/15mi west of Las Vegas.
Address: Box 124, Blue Diamond, NV 89004-0124, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm
Entrance fee in USD: $9.00, Local resident discount $7.00
Useful tips: Guided tours are given on weekdays at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. and weekends at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
The town of Belmont is a ghost town with a population of 12. Once a booming spot, today the town is quiet and a favorite haunt of photographers. Many of the old buildings still stand, a silent testament to the way things used to be. Surprisingly, there is accommodation in Belmont and meals and libations can be had a Dirty Dick's Saloon.
Belmont Courthouse State Historic Site
Visitors to the ghost town of Belmont will want to be sure to stop in at one of the town's most famous buildings, the Belmont Courthouse State Historic Site. The building was constructed in 1876 and has been partially restored. Note that although this is a state historical site, no facilities or staff are available for visitors.
The small town of Beatty proclaims itself to be the "Scenic Gateway to Death Valley". The town is set in a pleasant location with views of the Bullfrog Hills, Sawtooth and Bare Mountains. Located 160km / 100 mi from Las Vegas and 9 km / 6mi from Death Valley, Beatty is well positioned to act as a base to explore the surrounding areas.
Rhyolite Historic Site
Rhyolite Historic Site is an old ghost town in Pioneer Territory in the far south of Nevada. Rhyolite was founded in the early 20th Century and last only for 15 years. Today little remains of the few abandoned buildings but there is a house made out of bottles, simply called the Bottle House, the facade of the old bank building and a few other concrete ruins.
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
If you feel the need to get back to nature after all the glam and glitz of Las Vegas, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is just the place. Located 144-km / 90mi northwest of Las Vegas in the Amargosa Valley, this refuge is known for having over 26 species of plants and animals that exist no place else on earth. Ash Meadows is one of the largest oases in the Mojave Desert with over 275 different species of birds, 330 species of flowers and shrubs, over 27 species of mammals and 4 endemic fish swimming in crystal blue waters. Within the refuge boundary is the famous Devils Hole, a water-filled cavern cut into a rocky hillside, where pupfish less than one inch in length have been isolated for 10,000 to 20,000 years. This pool of water has been mapped to a depth of 500 feet and the bottom has yet to be found. Nature viewing, photography and hiking are offered.
Travelers interested in unusual sights should head to the ghost town of Austin. Here visitors will find an assortment of abandoned buildings left behind when the silver mines were exhausted in the late 19th Century. At one time Austin had over 10,000 residents; today that number has dwindled down to about 200. Several hours can easily be passed just wandering the town site and thinking about the way life used to be in this location over a century and half ago.
Battle Mountain, Nevada
The relocating residents of Argenta founded the town of Battle Mountain in 1870. This small town has a population of just fewer than 3000 people and some of the local businesses have been in operation for well over 100 years. The town gained notoriety in 2001 when Washington Post Magazine declared it the "Armpit of America". Since then, the town has had an annual "Armpit Festival" not surprisingly supported by Old Spice.
Trail of the 49ers Interpretive Center (closed)
The Trail of 49ers Interpretive Center is closed.
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, Gabbs, Nevada
The name, Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park may be hard to pronounce, but don't let that deter you from visiting, especially if you are into dinosaurs and near Gabbs. At the park is found North America's best concentration and collection of Ichthyosaur fossils. Also in the park is the preserved turn of the century mining town of Berlin and the Diana Mine. Camping is available and picnic sites are provided. Note that the park is at 2333 m / 7000 ft and may be closed in the winter.
Lee Canyon Recreation Area
Located not far from Las Vegas, the Lee Canyon Recreation Area makes for an excellent day trip from the city. This is a good place to escape the fast pace of the city and relax in nature. Visitors gain significant elevation and are treated to excellent views out to Mount Charleston. Numerous hiking and biking trails dot the area and are easily accessed from the main highway. A ski hill operates in Lee Canyon Recreation Area in the winter months.
Alamo - Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
The Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, located near the city of Alamo, about an hour and a half drive from Las Vegas. The refuge boasts of numerous spring-fed marshes that are home to migratory and resident bird species. Camping, hiking, hunting, fishing along with many other recreational opportunities are available to the visitor at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.
The city of Fernley was established in 1904 and has grown rapidly over the years and is now home to almost 20,000 residents. Fernley is located in the extreme northwest of Nevada, approximately 48km / 30mi from the Reno / Sparks area in the high desert region. If you order an item for Amazon.com, it will be shipped from Fernley.
Wigwam Restaurant Museum
Thunder Mountain Monument, Imlay, Nevada
The Thunder Mountain Monument is located near Imlay. Perhaps one of Nevada's most unusual attractions, the Thunder Mountain Monument is a testament to one man's unique take on art. Visitors will find a large number of very unusual structures, all of which were created by Frank Van Zant starting in 1968. The Thunder Mountain Monument has fallen slightly into disrepair since the suicide of Van Zant in 1989.
The town of Jackpot is located in the far northeast of Nevada on the border with Idaho. The small town exists primarily as a gaming destination for the residents of Idaho, where gambling is illegal. For a town of 1500, Jackpot has six large hotel resorts including Barton's Club 93, Cactus Pete's Resort, Covered Wagon Hotel, Four Jacks Hotel, Horseshu Hotel, and the West Star Hotel.
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Fancy a game of golf while in Nevada? The Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is just the place. Located along the shores of Lake Tahoe, this spectacular golf course challenges the skill sets of the golfer while providing an overload of scenery. The golf course opened in 1968 and was created by acclaimed designer George Fazio.
Floyd Lamb State Park
The interesting Floyd Lamb State Park is located 16km/10mi north of Las Vegas. This day-use only park was once a watering hole for Native Americans and later on, a dude ranch. Today it is a pleasant spot for a picnic or a little fishing. There four small lakes, a walking trail, grills, and restrooms.
The very small town of Rachel has the distinction of being the town closest to the famed Area 51 military installation. The town owes its livelihood to the supposed presence of UFO's flying around Area 51. Rachel has limited services including accommodation, food, & beverages, but note that no gasoline is available here.
Area 51 Research Center (Closed)
The Research Center has closed.
Rye Patch State Recreation Area
Rye Patch State Recreation Area is a great spot to get out and enjoy the wilderness. Located 35 km / 22mi from Lovelock, Rye Patch State Recreation Area boasts of a multitude of recreational opportunities. Some of the options include camping, hiking, biking, water sports, and fishing for walleye, crappie, perch and bass.
The small town of Wells is located halfway between Elko and Wendover, and has a population of just over 1000. The main attraction in Wells is the 49er's interpretive center.