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National Parks

Great Basin National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

From the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, to the sage-covered foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place to sample the stunning diversity of the larger Great Basin region. Come and partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages.

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State Parks

Beaver Dam

Camping: There are two developed campgrounds offering individual campsites, each containing a fire pit, picnic table and parking suitable for one vehicle and a small trailer. Camping is first-come, first-served; sites may not be reserved. Drinking water is available from April through November and vault toilets are available year-round.

Cathedral Gorge

The beauty of Cathedral Gorge began with explosive volcanic activity millions of years ago. Nestled in a narrow valley where time and water have carved striking patterns in soft clay, the park offers stunning views of rocks from above, below and within.

Cave Lake

NOTE: Cave Lake State Parks’s e-mail address has changed. If you wish to reserve the Group Camping, Group Day Use, or the Yurt for the Summer of 2019, email all requests starting January 2, 2019 at midnight. Please include your full name, phone number, and exact arrival and departure dates and times.

Echo Canyon

Boating, fishing and swimming are easily enjoyed at Echo Canyon, which features a 65-acre reservoir. With abundant wildlife, a wide variety of native plants and unique rock formations, the park also provides a perfect place to camp, hike and explore.

Elgin Schoolhouse

Visit the Elgin Schoolhouse and step back in time. Grades one through eight were taught in this historic one-room schoolhouse from 1922 through 1967. The site features many of the school’s original items, as well as the teacher’s small living quarters.

Kershaw-Ryan

In a lush canyon where natural springs feed wild grapevines, white oaks and roses, Kershaw-Ryan is an oasis in the desert. The park features a greenbelt with fruit trees and a children’s wading pool and hikers can enjoy trails through the canyon and valley.

Spring Valley

Camping: Horsethief Gulch Campground, the main campground, is located just west of Eagle Valley Reservoir. It has 37 campsites, each with table, grill and shade ramada, as well as three restrooms, two with showers. Water is also available. Ranch Campground is located two miles north of the main campground.

Valley of Fire

Camping: There are two campgrounds with a combined total of 72 units. Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms. A dump station and showers are available. All campsites are first-come, first-served. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.

Ward Charcoal Ovens

Built in the 1870s, the park’s ovens are some of the best preserved kilns in the United States. Created to support mining, they later sheltered travelers and had a reputation as a hideout for stagecoach bandits. Visitors to the ovens can also enjoy camping and fishing.

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National Monuments

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

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Scenic Byways

Lake Tahoe – Eastshore Drive Scenic Byway

Overview

Lake Tahoe – Eastshore Drive Scenic Byway has it all – prime views of the Sierra Nevada’s behind the crystal blue lake, white sandy beaches, pine forests, grassy meadows, beautiful blue skies and awe inspiring sunsets. Pair this with the abundant summer and winter activities, and you have a wonderful playground for adults and children of all ages. Take your chances at wind-surfing, parasailing, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, golf, sledding and skiing at nearby facilities, or even sleigh rides during winter in Stateline, NV. This scenic drive has earned the name, “the most beautiful drive in America,” and visitors who come experience Lake Tahoe’s scenery will experience first-hand why.

28 miles / 45.1 km

Key Attractions

Lake Tahoe Byway Map
  • Pony Express Trail – Lake Tahoe Scenic Byway is part of this historic route
  • Washoe Indians home and center for some of their most sacred grounds
  • Over 30 different golf courses along the byway
  • Incline Village, NV – enjoy upscale lodging, restaurants, and shopping (visitors can even enjoy Christmas stores filled with holiday decorations and ornaments)
  • Cave Rock – great place to rent boats and enjoy the sandy beaches
  • Zephyr Cove – deeper waters ideal for water sports and boating
  • Sand Harbor – leisurely fishing spot (primarily rainbow trout) and safe spot for family swimming
  • Gondola rides – just past the California state border after passing Stateline, NV
  • Mormon Station State Historic Park

Location

  • 36 miles southwest from Reno, NV; 109 miles northeast from Sacramento, CA
  • Located near California’s Tahoe National Forest, Eldorado National Forest, and Granite Chief Wilderness, and located just a few miles away from Nevada’s capitol city, Carson City
  • Driving the byway:
    • Start at the north end of Lake Tahoe, in Crystal Bay, NV on NV-28
    • Drive south for approximately 13.2 miles – here the byway merges with US-50
    • Continue traveling south on US-50 for about 12 miles until you enter the town of Stateline, NV, where the byway ends

Lodging, food, gas, and shopping are found along the byway – the largest selection in Incline Village and Zephyr Cove

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Las Vegas Strip Scenic Byway

Overview

Las Vegas Strip Scenic Byway is one of America’s most iconic images. It is the United State’s only “Nighttime Byway,” and the neon lights and signs that light up the Las Vegas Strip after dark remains one of the most awe-inspiring, man-made sights. Visitors can take a drive or stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard and enjoy the mega-hotels and casinos, entertainment around every corner, historic museums and buildings, and the good-old glitz and glam of Las Vegas.

4.5 miles / 7.2 km, Las Vegas, NV

Key Attractions

Las Vegas Strip Byway Map
  • ·Some of the world’s largest and most luxurious hotels and casinos, including the MGM Grand, the Luxor, the Circus Circus, the Riviera, the Bellagio, the Flamingo, the Excalibur, the Treasure Island, the Mirage, the Stratosphere, the Palms, the New York New York, the Mandalay Bay, etc.
  • ·Outdoor entertainment and thrills – from roller coaster rides (such as the Stratosphere coasters and the New York New York coaster) to water fountains and light shows (like those at the Bellagio and Mirage) to the giant constructed volcano that spews fireballs (located at the Mirage Hotel & Casino) and the smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty (located at the New York New York)
  • ·Shows and entertainment – visitors can experience fun sights, such as the 1.6 million gallon aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino that holds sharks, jellyfish, crocodiles, and thousands of other fish, the “Tournament of Kings” show at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, which features a show of combat and sword-play, and the pirate show at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
  • ·World class golf clubs – the Las Vegas Strip Scenic Byway is located within minutes of numerous golf clubs and resorts
  • ·Museums & centers – Las Vegas is home to several educational centers and museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Nevada State Museum, the Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Arts, the Atomic Testing Museum, the Marjorie Barrick Museum, the Neon Museum and Bone Yard, and even the Pinball Hall of Fame

Location

  • ·Las Vegas, NV; located 2.8 miles from McCarran International Airport
  • ·Located near Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and Mesquite, AZ
  • ·Driving the byway:
    • Byway begins at the intersection of Russell Rd. and Las Vegas Blvd.
    • Follow Las Vegas Blvd. north for 4.5 miles
    • The byway ends at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and Sahara Ave.
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Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway

Overview

The Pyramid Lake experience offers unique attractions, setting itself apart from a traditional lake destination. Boating, fishing, camping, and hiking are all still on the menu for the area, but visitors have a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the largest bird refuge areas in North America – home to 8,000-10,000 White American Pelicans, and a large array of very unique rock formations – Tufa rocks, including the lake’s namesake formation – Pyramid Rock. The beautiful, colorful lake and the byway are located within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, and the destination is sponsored by the Paiute people.

30.2 miles/ 48.6 km, Fernley to Sutcliffe

Key Attractions

Pyramid Lake Byway Map
  • Pyramid Rock – large pyramid-shaped rock formation that juts out of the lake – the area is home to many unique rock formations, the pyramid being the most famous
  • Tufa formations surrounding the lake – large rock formations, shaped out of calcium carbonate deposits that result from precipitation over hot springs – the shapes of these rocks are very interesting and rare, beckoning visitors to imagine specific shapes out of them
  • Anaho Island – a small island on Pyramid Lake, viewable from the shore, home to thousands of American White Pelicans – visitors can use binoculars to help see the beautiful birds
  • Sutcliffe Marina area – one of the best spots for visitors to spot both the famous pelicans on Anaho Island and the Peregrine Falcons that share the island – use binoculars or the birding scope at the marina
  • Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor Center, Nixon, NV – visitors can learn about the history and culture of the Paiute people and the surrounding area, and view the displays of pre-historic tribal artifacts
  • Numana and Marble Bluff Fish Hatcheries, located on State Hwy 447 – learn about the endangered fish being protected and the habitats of the lake
  • Truckee River – fish or take a scenic walk along the river – particularly beautiful during Autumn
  • Pyramid Lake – the lake is famous for its stunning image as a crystal blue refuge in the middle of the hot Nevada desert, cutthroat trout fishing, boating, sandy beaches, and unique rock formations and surroundings

Location

  • 30 miles northeast of Reno, NV
  • Located near Humboldt Tolyabe National Forest, Lahontan Reservoir and State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, California state line, and Reno’s National Automobile Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, Fisherman Planetarium, Bowling Stadium, and Arboretum
  • Driving the byway:
    • The byway consist of one main arm (State Hwy 447), one branch (State Hwy 446), and one small branch (State Hwy 445)
    • Start the byway at the intersection of Washeim St. and Main St. in Wadsworth, NV
    • Drive north on Washeim St. – it turns into State Hwy 447
    • Continue on State Hwy 447 until the junction with State Hwy 446 – here you can continue the northern extension on 447 or the northwest extension (446)
      • Northern arm:
        • Continue on State Hwy 447 through Nixon, NV, where that section of the byway ends
      • Northwestern arm:
        • Drive northwest on State Hwy 446 towards Sutcliffe, NV
          • State Hwy 446 runs into State Hwy 445 – turn southwest on 445 to drive to the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation – that extension of the byway ends there
        • Continue on 446 until it meets Hardscrabble Canyon Rd. – where that section of the byway ends
  • Day-use permit required for camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking and driving off-road
    • Permits available at the Pyramid Lake Marina, the Pyramid Lake Store in Sutcliffe, NV, and the I-80 Smoke Shop/ Union 76 gas station in Wadsworth, NV
  • Lodging, food, phone, and restrooms are available along this highway
  • The most convenient location for gasoline along this highway is in Wadsworth, NV
  • Campgrounds are located at Dayton State Park and the Lahontan State Recreation Area
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