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Technically, Cowboy Country territory spans a massive chunk of Northern Nevada, minus a skinny western strip extending north from Reno and Lake Tahoe to the Oregon border. But, let’s be honest pardner, we kin purdy dern near call the whole kit and caboodle Cowboy Country, if y’ur talkin’ Nevada.
Off Interstate 80, the omnipresent rumble of big-rigs and whir of speeding traffic is replaced by a comforting silence that is uniquely Nevadan. Friendly towns and immense vistas are cradled between towering peaks and the impossibly big skies of Cowboy Country territory.
Whether it’s rattling down Winnemucca’s Bloody Shins (mountain bike) Trail, casting a line into trout-filled South Fork Reservoir, or hiking and scaling peaks in the Jarbidge Wilderness, Cowboy Country provides destinations to suit any outdoor enthusiast.
To experience the breathtaking beauty of Cowboy Country’s off-the-beaten-path destinations, making responsible decisions is paramount, and self-reliance is key. Keeping that in mind, here are several ways you can find solitude in this expansive territory.
Dwindling down from a peak of more than a million sheep in 1910, Nevada’s sheep empires have vanished, and only a handful of outfits remain to tend less than 200,000 sheep on private land and the diminishing public domain.
From the Black Rock Desert to Spring Creek, Cowboy Country offers myriad events to appease all Nevada walks of life. Use this story to plan a couple—perhaps 12—trips to Northern Nevada.