Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

The creation of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was a kind of miracle, as the entire area was destined to be a subdivision in 1980. The savior of Ash Meadows was the Devils Hole pupfish.


Central Nevada Museum

Tonopah’s Central Nevada Museum, founded in 1981, features an outdoor exhibit including an old west town where visitors can explore miners’ cabins, a saloon, and a blacksmith shop.


Mather Overlook

Great Basin National Park’s Mather Overlook presents a roadside view of Wheeler Peak from a distance.


Sunrise on Wheeler Peak

At 13,063 feet in elevation, Wheeler Peak is the second highest mountain in the state. Located within Great Basin National Park, Wheeler is a part of the Snake Range, near the Utah border.


Stewart Indian School

From 1890 until it closed in 1980, the Stewart Indian School in Carson City was the only off-reservation boarding school in Nevada for Native American children.



No ichthyosaur has been swimming in Nevada for 200 million years. But 36 fossil specimens of the giant prehistoric reptiles were discovered here. The ichthyosaur is the Nevada state fossil.


Walker Lake

Millennia ago, when Native American hunter-gatherers populated its basin, Walker Lake, in the middle of a desert, was filled by its rivers with perhaps 300,000 acre-feet of water each year.


Valley of Fire State Park

Mouse's Tank trail in Valley of Fire State Park follows a box canyon to a natural basin named for a Southern Paiute who allegedly used the area as a hideout in the 1890s.


Rye Patch Reservoir

Construction of Rye Patch Dam began in 1935 and was in 1934. The 75-ft-high, earth-filled dam was built to control floods on the Humboldt River and provide for irrigation.


Lovelock Cave

Lovelock Cave was occupied by Native Americans from some 3,500 years ago until the middle of the 19th century. It is one of the most important sites in North American archaeology.


Ward Charcoal Ovens

In 1876 Ward was the largest town in White Pine County. The Ward ores required the high burning temperature of charcoal for milling, therefore these charcoal ovens were constructed.


Fort Churchill and Buckland Station

The U.S. Army established Fort Churchill in July 1860 to protect wagon roads and settlers in the region following the bloody battles that year between settlers and the Native Americans.


Sand Mountain

Located 20 miles east of Fallon, just off U.S. Route 50, the dune is two miles long and rises to 600 feet.


Tonopah Mining Park

The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is located on the site of the original mining claims of 1900 that started the rush to Tonopah.


Eureka Sentinel Museum

The Eureka Sentinel Museum is housed in the 1879 Eureka Sentinel Newspaper Building. This structure was used as the newspaper office from 1879 until 1960.


Nevada Northern Railway

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, interpretation, and operation of the Nevada Northern Railway's historic rail facilities.


Red Rock Canyon

Travel 17 mi from the neon canyons of Las Vegas and you’ll find the red sandstone formations of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Visited by more than a million people yearly.


Fourth Ward School

Virginia City's Fourth Ward School opened in 1877. The Fourth Ward was the largest and most advanced of several schools in the district. It is also the only one to survive.