Fallon, Nevada

Nestled in the Lahontan Valley, roughly 60 miles east of Reno, is the friendly town of Fallon. The area is often called the “Oasis of, Nevada,” thanks to the valley’s high volume of water, and the lush playground is a wonderful host to all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. Fallon was incorporated more than a century ago, after Theodore Roosevelt took office and created the Reclamation Act, which was intended to reclaim desert land by instituting canals and dams. Since then, the town has flourished, largely due to the production of both alfalfa and a particularly delicious type of cantaloupe known as Hearts O’ Gold. These sweet, succulent melons are of a delicate nature and don’t ship well, so visitors flock to the annual end-of-summer Hearts O’ Gold Cantaloupe Festival.

Just as popular is the beloved Lattin Farms, a true family farm with animals to pet, fruits and veggies to pick, homemade jams and pies to sample and buy and even a “cow train” for a leisurely tour of the farm. Every fall, one of the leading maze designers in the world sets to work on a three-acre, life-size corn maze intended to puzzle adults and children alike. Other Fallon area highlights include the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge, home to hundreds of species of migratory birds, the popular Lahontan State Recreation Area, known for its great wakeboarding, fishing, swimming and skiing, and the Fallon Naval Air Station. Not only does it fuel local economy, it’s home to TOPGUN, the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program. The popular film “Top Gun” was actually modeled after this specialized pilot training. Also nearby is the behemoth sand dune known as Sand Mountain, a two-mile long, 600-foot-high sand dune often buzzing with ATVs and dune buggies.

Fallon is situated along Highway 50, known as “The Loneliest Road in America” according to a Life magazine journalist more than 20 years ago. The towns on Highway 50 embraced the moniker and visitors today can download a Highway 50 Survival Guide and get it stamped at each town along the highway to earn a certificate from the governor proving “I Survived!”

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Fallon Golf Course
Fallon, NV

The picturesque Fallon Golf Course winds along the banks of the scenic Carson River and is generously dotted with clumps of towering cottonwood and willow trees. Ranked the number one nine-hole course in northern Nevada by Straightball Magazine, Fallon Golf Course has all the elements for a fantastic round of golf–excellent layout, beautiful setting and friendly atmosphere. Measuring a playable 3,100 yards, the par-36 course thoughtfully incorporates the Carson River and other water features into several exciting holes.

Exterior of Middlegate Station
Fallon, NV

Home to the legendary Middlegate Monster Burger, be sure to swing by the historic Middlegate Station on your next trek on the Loneliest Highway in America! Situated in between Fallon and Austin, this quirky pit stop has more than just heaping burgers. 

Fallon, NV

Since 1968, the overwhelming generosity of Churchill County residents has steadily contributed to the exhibits and displays that comprise the Churchill County Museum – a collection that fills nearly 14,000 square feet.

Fallon, NV

Historic mail route follows U.S. Highway 50, designated "The Loneliest Road in America" by Life Magazine.

Lahontan State Recreation Area
Fallon, NV

Lahontan Reservoir, with 69 miles of shoreline, covers 12,000 surface acres when full and features fishing, boating, and waterskiing, as well as camping, picnicking, boat launches, restrooms with showers, and RV dump stations. Horseback riding and wildlife viewing are best in the spring. Canoeing from Fort Churchill to the lake makes for a great day trip when conditions allow. Lahontan is located on the Carson River, 18 miles west of Fallon and 45 miles east of Carson City via U.S. 50. The park is open year-round and can be accessed from several entrances off of U.S.