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Cowboy Country

This area runs along the I-80 corridor and was the main trail across Nevada. Thousands of pioneers trekked this portion of the state. The Humboldt River was the guide through Cowboy Country. The river basically parallels the Emigrant Trail and the modern-day Interstate 80. The Ruby Mountains and the Jarbidge Wilderness give visitors many opportunities to enjoy life here.

Some communities in this area: Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Elko, Carlin, Lamoille, Wells, Oasis, Wendover, Denio, Jackpot, McDermitt

Pony Express Territory

The Pony Express used this central part of Nevada for their speedy routes across the state to deliver the mail. US Highway 50 crosses the area and follows the old Pony Express route. The highway was once described as the "Loneliest Road in America." Though there is no swarming traffic or crowds in Pony Express Territory, you will find many things to see and do, among them: Lahontan Reservoir Recreation area near Silver Springs. Fort Churchill, the first military base in Nevada, was built in 1860 and is also nearby. See a great collection of Native American artifacts at the Wigwam Restaurant/Casino in Fernley. Fallon has the Churchill County Museum and the Grimes Point Archaeological site. Also nearby is Sand Mountain, a popular off-road area. See Stokes Castle, built in 1897, near Austin. Further east is Eureka with many old and well-preserved buildings from its mining heyday times of the 1870's. Ride train at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely. Great Basin National Park is near Baker with its towering Wheeler Peak at 13,063 feet. This area also grows the world's oldest living things, the Bristlecone pines, which can live more than 4,000 years! Also in the park are the Lehman Caves with guided tours.

Some communities in this area: Fernley, Silver Springs, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, McGill, Ely, Baker

Pioneer Territory

This is the south-central area of the state with a rich mining history and the "Heartland of Nevada." Some features of the area are: Death Valley National Park, near Rhyolite, The Central Nevada Museum and the Tonopah Mining Park near Tonopah. Belmont, 45 miles north of Tonopah is one of the state's oldest "living" ghost town! The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is northeast of the Las Vegas area. Near Panaca, you may visit Cathedral Gorge State Park. See Pioche for an old mining town. Visit the Lincoln County Historic Museum there as well as the Million Dollar Courthouse which went "over-budget," originally intended to cost only $26,400. Follow the Extraterrestrial Highway to Rachel which has become an unofficial UFO watchers area.

For more information on this area, please write to:
Nevada's Pioneer Territory
P.O. Box 1958
Hawthorne, Nevada 89415

Some communities in this area: Yerlington, Gabbs, Round Mountain, Belmont, Tonopah, Goldfield, Rachel, Pioche, Panaca,Caliente, Ash Springs, Rhyolite, Beatty, Hawthorne, Alamo, Pahrump, Amargosa Valley

Reno-Tahoe Territory

The eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada with many scenic and historic locations. Lake Tahoe is located in this area with its crystalline water and beautiful forests. You can find just about any recreation you want which is why the area is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.

Some communities in this area: Gerlach, Empire, Reno, Sparks, Virginia City, Genoa, Dayton City, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville, Crystal Bay, Incline Village, Stateline, Wadsworth

Las Vegas Territory

in the southern-most area of the state known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World." There are also many other sights to see in this territory, such as: Hoover Dam near Boulder City, The Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden in the Henderson area and much, much more.

Some communities in this area: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, Moapa, Moapa Valley, Boulder City, Searchlight, Laughlin, Primm, Jean, Old Nevada, Overton

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