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These 10 geological and recreational gems are all within a 90-minute drive of Las Vegas and promise a different kind of indulgence for Nevada visitors.
Some of Southern Nevada’s best attractions aren’t so universally known. These off-the-beaten-path stops are generally every bit as easy to get to as the heavy hitters, but offer smaller crowds and a feeling of discovery that is as real-Nevada as sagebrush and silver mines.
Buck swung up onto his palomino mare with an ease I envied. As his toe searched for a stirrup, his horse reared up, frightening the horses and riders milling about the corral in anticipation of our first day of a four-day cattle drive that would end at the Elko County Fairgrounds.
Imagine owning 27 miles of Lake Tahoe’s beautiful shoreline encompassing more than 40,000 acres. Sound impossible? Not if your name was George Whittell Jr., the former owner and resident of Thunderbird Lodge, now an intriguing Nevada tourist attraction.
A tour of The Mackay Mansion Museum reveals many nuggets of Virginia City history. Perhaps the most fascinating is learning of a system of underground tunnels that once led from John Mackay’s home to a number of businesses in town. After a four-year hiatus, the museum reopened for tours on May 1.
Of the nine National Wildlife Refuges in Nevada, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Nevada and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in extreme northwestern Nevada are the largest. Visits to either offer a wealth of land to explore.
My degree is in journalism, but one of my favorite college classes was astronomy. Studying a starlit sky is one of the best ways to get some perspective on our very small place in this infinite universe.
In the hierarchy of Nevada lore, railroads rank right up there with ghost towns and wild horses. And it was never more apparent than on a perfect summer evening last August, when the Virginia & Truckee Railroad woke up from a seven-decade slumber to again transport passengers from Virginia City to Carson City.
Nevada has more turquoise mines than any other state and some of the most important deposits in the world. Eureka County and neighboring Lander County are home to some legendary claims: Blue Gem, Carico Lake, Colorback, Fox, Lander Blue, Number 8, and Orvil Jack to name a few.
The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, located in Incline Village, is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada College and UC Davis in partnership with the Desert Research Institute and the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s one of the premier institutions in the world devoted to the studies of lakes.
Death Valley National Park is all about extremes: It’s the hottest and driest region in the United States and the largest national park outside of Alaska. Death Valley is also about the splendor of the starkly beautiful dunes and canyons. But the most pleasant and peaceful surprise is that it seems to be absent of sound.
Maybe it’s the adventure of discovering what lies over the next ridge, or the solitude of a remote alpine lake at sunset, or the sense of self-reliance that comes with carrying all your earthly needs on your back. Whatever your reason, backpacking holds a special place in the hearts of adventurers worldwide—and Nevada can provide a lifetime of exploration for the intrepid backpacker.
The Techatticup Mine was once the richest gold producer in Southern Nevada. After World War II, the mine was abandoned and left to the harsh desert elements for more than 50 years. Today, the mine, located near Nelson in Eldorado Canyon, has new owners and new prospects. The Techatticup is destined to take a new place in Nevada history.
A sailplane, or glider, is a sleek aerodynamic fixed-wing plane without a motor. The sailplane is towed behind a single-engine airplane. When the pilot of the glider reaches the altitude and location desired, the towrope is released (opposite page). This process is part of an exhilarating ride, which I recently experienced thanks to Soar Minden.
Climbing Boundary Peak is more about the journey than the thrill of victory. Sure, it’s nice to reach the summit, but there’s only so much you can do on a rocky space that’s roughly the size of a small living room—besides feel relief.
Aletha Tom arrived at Stewart Indian School in 1959, making the long journey from her home at the Moapa Indian Reservation in Southern Nevada by bus at age 12. Tom tells of her six years at Stewart on the Stewart Indian School Talking Trail, a self-guided cell phone tour that debuted last fall. In its 90 years, the former boarding school near Carson City saw more than 20,000 American Indian students pass through its portals.
Nevada. There might not be universal agreement about how to pronounce it, but there is one common denominator concerning the Silver State—crossing its border practically guarantees a good time. Gaming, shows, bright lights, seemingly endless and undiscovered terrain…Nevada has whatever form of entertainment you’re looking for. Following, we cover a mixture of towns that border Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Utah.
If I didn’t know the famous moniker of the highway I was turning onto it would be just another change of direction like any other turn on any other highway on any other road trip. But this is different. This isn’t just Highway 375, this is the Extraterrestrial Highway. A giddy excitement falls over me as I venture down the desolate byway, the obscure promise of “Low Flying Aircraft” on a road sign pulling my attention skyward…No UFOs…Yet.
It’s as if you are floating in space. You glide slowly through the calm, crystal clear water with each paddle stroke. To the starboard, emerald green water rests above a sandy bottom; on the port, a deep dark blue that appears to go on into infinity. It’s 8 a.m., the quiet is surreal, and you have the lake to yourself. This is kayaking Lake Tahoe. “It gives me goose bumps to talk about the clarity of the lake,” says Don Sullivan, author of Kayaking Tahoe: The Unofficial Guide.
The Great Automobile Race began on February 12, 1908, and ended more than five months later on July 30. Sponsored by The New York Times and Le Matin, a Paris newspaper, it was decided that there would be a race from New York to Paris, even before the first cross-country highway (Lincoln) was conceived in 1913. This is the story about the competitors’ trek across Nevada.