Gerlach, Nevada

The tiny town of Gerlach may be small in size, but it’s rich in history and natural wonder. Although the Western Pacific Railway established the friendly town in the early 1900s, the region has been inhabited for centuries. Ancient man found the area’s spring water reserves, game and natural shelter inviting, while later travelers used the Black Rock Mountain as a compass on their way to California and Oregon’s gold country. Visitors can still find evidence of the pioneers who passed through Gerlach in the form of name carvings on rocks in the area. The town’s historic water tower, circa 1909, is another fascinating link to the past and is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, Gerlach guards the entrance to the intriguing Black Rock Desert and serves as the host community for the annual Burning Man festival. The unparalleled event – a festival of art, community and self-expression – draws thousands upon thousands of visitors, who pass through the hospitable town of Gerlach to descend upon the Black Rock Desert and build a temporary city that is for a short time the county’s most populous. Other visitors are drawn to Gerlach for the recreational possibilities in the surrounding landscape. Desert exploring will reveal meandering streams, wildlife, ancient camping sites, even relics like old Basque ovens and shepherd’s stacks. There’s also the nearby Winnemucca Lake, an incredible dry lake bed that features fascinating rock formations decorated with petroglyphs.


Gerlach, NV

Includes the longest intact segments of the historic emigrant trails to California and Oregon in the western U.S. Open seasonally.


Though too hot to enter, Double Hot Springs pipes water into a separate pool for visitors to bathe.

Gerlach, NV

Planet X Pottery was established in 1974 at the foot of Granite Mountain between the Smoke Creek & Black Rock deserts of Northern Nevada. This solar powered oasis has a working pottery studio & 3 show galleries.

Gerlach, NV

This 93-mile driving loop begins and ends in Cedarville, California, a small community on the east side of the Warner Mountains, about 23 miles east of Alturas.

Gerlach, NV

As the coffee mugs say,  "It's where the pavement ends and the West begins".  Bruno's Country Club & Motel is a classic Old West bar, café, motel, and RV Park and the only place for miles around.  They have a saying at Bruno’s, ‘This isn't the Middle of Nowhere, but you can see the Middle of Nowhere from there.’ The café serves good basic food, which means eggs and pancakes for breakfast, burgers for lunch and you have to try the raviolis with red sauce for dinner – they are superb. The club sandwiches are massive as well.