Winnemucca, Nevada

Some people call it, Nevada’s friendliest town, and with plenty of visitors coming to Winnemucca for its events and access to endless outdoor activities, the town is certainly not short on hospitality. It’s situated smack dab in the center of northern, Nevada, the halfway point between San Francisco and Salt Lake City. The Cowboy Territory town isn’t the state’s first settlement, but it has been occupied since about 1830, when trappers first arrived in the area on the hunt for fur-bearing animals. In 1863, the town was formally named in honor of Paiute Chief Winnemucca. His daughter, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, became the first American Indian woman to publish a book in the English language.

Today, many of Winnemucca’s locals find employment with area mines and establishments. The town has a rich Basque heritage that’s evident in its four Basque restaurants – a must-have Winnemucca experience. Take your pick and get ready for hearty, family-style dining. Much of the town is best explored on foot, so stop by the Humboldt County Visitors Center for a walking tour map of the area. Before you go, take some time to browse the William Humphreys Big Game Collection, the Buckaroo Hall of Fame and other exhibits that feature mining, historical representations of the Great Basin, American Indian heritage, the Basque culture and the pioneer trail. There are also impressive mineral and rock collections. And when you’re ready to explore the town, Tip’s Western is a must-see, with its custom saddles, leather goods, spurs and other cool items.

Outside of town, there’s no end to the hiking, biking, hunting and off-roading to be enjoyed on thousands of trails. The well-known and daunting Bloody Shins Trail beckons experienced mountain bikers, while hunters flock to the area for some of the best Chukar hunting around.

Winnemucca also has a jam-packed annual events calendar that runs all year long. The Run-A-Mucca motorcycle rally means more than 800 bike enthusiasts rumble through town over Memorial Day Weekend, and it’s the big kick-off to a summer filled with events. The Winnemucca Mule Show and Draft Horse Challenge, Fifties Fever and the Basque Festival follow. Other events include the National Senior Pro Rodeo Finals and the Rand Hand Rodeo Weekend, plus a number of traditional holiday celebrations.

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The small Park Motel offers guests their choice of 14 rooms, including smoking accommodations. Rates are exceptionally reasonable and pets are welcome. Kids stay free and will definitely enjoy the mini golf course!

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One of the best Basque-American restaurants in Nevada!

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With friendly, helpful staff and clean, spacious rooms, the Pyrenees offers great value for the price. Amenities include a complimentary breakfast and available wireless, high-speed Internet. Groups and pets are welcome.

Winnemucca Sand Dunes
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Sand lovers near Winnemucca bring their off-highway vehicles to the Winnemucca Sand Dunes, a small but scenic playground with no trails but plenty of open riding. Camping is also an option.

Getting There: Located just north of Winnemucca off U.S. 95.

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With 75 clean, cozy rooms, a seasonal pool, shuttle service to the nearby shops and restaurants, friendly service and more, the Model T offers guests plenty for the price. Enjoy small luxuries including complimentary breakfast, high-speed Internet and more.