Nevada is more than 300 mountain ranges divided by seas of sagebrush and wildflowers. It’s 48 million acres of public land, 24 state parks, and one national park. It’s countless adventures waiting for you.
Nevada’s state parks are spread throughout the state, easily accessible from nearby towns and highways. Some are tributes to the settlement of the West, such as Fort Churchill, Belmont Courthouse, Berlin, and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, parks that preserve the remains of settlements that gave Nevada its start.
Other parks reveal the natural evolution of Nevada’s landscape. Cathedral Gorge is a stunning example of beauty carved by a millennia of erosion. Valley of Fire arises from the desert outside of Las Vegas with brilliant colors matched only by an artist’s palette. Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park is a world-renowned playground for hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, swimmers, and boaters. In the winter, when it’s covered with a pristine blanket of snow, it calls to skiers and snowshoers.
A few state parks capture Nevada’s oddities, such as Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, which uniquely pairs a ghost town with an adjacent ichthyosaur fossil site. The Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park has immense beehive-shaped ovens abandoned more than a century ago by silver miners.
Outdoor adventurers are drawn to Lamoille Canyon and the Ruby Mountains all year long. The glacier-carved canyon and craggy mountain range provide rugged terrain for outdoor enthusiasts. The vast variety of wildlife—including the elusive Himalayan snowcock, which nests in the highest reaches of the Ruby Mountains—makes this a perfect place to for birdwatchers, hunters, and anyone who appreciates the beauty of wild horses galloping through
A well-planned series of trails around Austin on Highway 50 lure mountain bikers from all over the world, while the 240-mile, mixed-use Silver State Trail is well known for its challenging ATV excursions. The Tahoe Rim Trail in the northwestern end of the state is a 160-mile network of trails that circle Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is also a prime place for fishing. Bait your line for trout or salmon, or set some traps for crayfish, which are abundant along the shoreline and in the depths of the lake. Anglers can test their best flies in the Truckee River or Pyramid Lake, both of which are known to be among the best fly fishing locations in the west.
Skiers and snowboarders already know that the 18 ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region provide some of the highest quality, most challenging downhill and cross-country terrain in North America. Visitors have their pick of large village-style resorts with their own shopping, dining, and accommodations or smaller resorts that focus on some serious slopes and Mother Nature’s gift of fresh powder and near-daily sunshine throughout the ski season.
This is what Nevada’s outdoors are made of, and what vacations beyond the city lights can offer.
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