In a state like Nevada, with a past anchored in boom-or-bust pursuits like mining, small towns are just to be expected. Many of the small communities peppering the state today are remnants of livelier heydays in the early part of last century, while others are simply small populations brought together by chance or geography. One such tiny town is Denio, an unincorporated area in Humboldt County that straddles the Nevada-Oregon border. While most of the town sits south of the state line in Nevada, Denio still enjoys the distinction of being known as both a Nevada and an Oregon town.
With a population of well under 100 permanent residents, services in Denio are rather limited, as you might expect. However, the small, unassuming community does have a local post office, a small library, an elementary school for kindergarten through eighth graders and a community center. It also boasts the Diamond Inn Bar, the town’s main social hub. And two miles south of Denio at the Denio Junction of State Route 140 and State Route 292, visitors can fuel up, load up on groceries and even find accommodations. The region surrounding Denio is a popular spot for outdoor recreation like hunting and fishing, while the area’s local mines make opal mining and rock hounding another enjoyable pursuit. There are also local hot springs, a great place to relax.