Elko Tourist Attractions
The town of Elko is rich in history. Elko has a wonderfully preserved historical district filled with 18th and 19th Century architecture. For those looking to try something different, a carriage tour of the historic district is offered. Elko has just over 20,000 inhabitants and has all the amenities, including fine hotels and restaurants, which the visitor would expect.
Barrick Goldstrike Mine Tour
The Barrick Goldstrike Mine Tour in Elko is a must see for those interested in how gold is removed from the Earth. The Barrick Goldstrike Mine Tour takes visitors throughout one of North America's largest goldmines and provides insight as to the processes involved in refining rock in to gold. A tour includes the Betze Pit with its huge yellow trucks, technical assay lab, and the roaster facility.
The Commercial Hotel is a Elko landmark. Built in 1869 and originally named the Humboldt Lodging House, the hotel was renamed in 1941. The Commercial Hotel is famous for being the first hotel in Nevada to bring in big name entertainment to its venues. The hotel provides comfortable accommodation and dining in its Bandits restaurant.
Northeastern Nevada Museum
The Northeastern Nevada Museum is located in Elko and has a particular focus on preserving the Northeastern Nevada heritage. The museum is housed in a uniquely designed white colored building and is one of Elko's finest public buildings. The museum has several permanent collections; one that should not be missed is the Wanamaker Wildlife Wing consisting of over 200 wildlife mounts.
Address: 1515 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801-4021, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior over 65 $3.00, Students $3.00, Child 3-12 $1.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Useful tips: Last Sunday of each month is free admission.
Facilities: Gift shop
Typical Visit: 1 hour
Western Folklife Center
Fans of the American West should stop in at the Western Folklife Center located in Ely. The center provides a glimpse into the life of the cultures of the American West. Traveling national and international exhibits complement interesting and informative displays. The Western Folklife Center is noted for hosting the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Address: 501 Railroad Street, Box 1570, Elko, NV 89801-3719, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun, Sat
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Closed Monday, March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19; May 3, 10, 24, 31; Monday, June 7 and 28; Friday, June 18.
Facilities: Gift shop
Cowboy Poetry Gathering
The Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko is a weeklong gathering of people who celebrate life in the rural west. Art, entertainment, and of course poetry, are all part of the event. The Cowboy Poetry Gathering has been going on for over 20 years and attracts a diverse crowd at each gathering. The gathering generally takes place in the last week of January each year.
Elko Custom Carriage Tours
When your feet are tired and your back hurts, try taking a ride with Elko Custom Carriage Tours. This tour takes visitors on a ride through Elko's historic district and comes with a narrated history courtesy of your guide. Some of the sights to be seen include wonderfully restored 19th and 20th Century buildings.
National Basque Festival
The National Basque Festival takes place the first weekend in July in Elko. The festivities include dancing, singing, eating, and generally having a good time. There are also fun contests including a "Running of the Bulls" which takes place in front of the Stockman's Hotel.
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