Battle Mountain sits along Interstate 80 between Winnemucca and Elko in the northeastern part of Nevada. Despite its name, Battle Mountain has never seen conflicts of note, and instead was established and still thrives on the railroad, agriculture and mining industries. It’s also rich with American Indian and Basque heritage. Today, visitors can enjoy food and gaming at the popular Owl Club, participate in special events year-round, and indulge in outdoor recreation in what some have come to call the “Gateway to America’s Outback.” The hospitable town offers no shortage of friendly accommodations, and there’s a good selection of dining options too. Admittedly, choices are somewhat limited in Battle Mountain, but that’s just the way Nevadans like it. The abundance of outdoor adventure is what draws visitors to this quiet Nevada town. Battle Mountain is surrounded by thousands of acres of public land, including mountain ranges and two rivers, the Humboldt and the Reese, making wildlife viewing and scenic drives plentiful. The area also offers the adventure seeker an abundance of hiking, biking, off-roading, fishing, and hunting in places such as Copper Basin, Willow Creek, and Lewis Canyon. It makes the town’s battle cry – “Are you tough enough?” – seem downright logical.
Unique special events also make Battle Mountain a great place to visit and play, and with offerings throughout the year, there’s more than enough reason to visit again and again. The World Human Powered Speed Challenge combines human strength with technology as participants compete on one of the smoothest, flattest roads in the nation. The Basque population also celebrates its colorful culture with a Basque Club Winter Festival featuring traditional dancing and food. Experience the thrill of the Pony Express Open Road Race where drivers legally can go as fast as their cars will take them on quiet Highway 305. The annual Chuckar Tournament is one of the town’s most popular events.