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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Winnemucca Municipal Golf Course
Winnemucca, NV

Golfers with the good fortune of being near the charming high desert city of Winnemucca will be pleasantly surprised by its equally charming nine-hole golf course. The Winnemucca Municipal Golf Course, considered by locals to be one of the best little courses in the northern part of Nevada, features a relatively flat layout with an abundance of large shade trees, elements that make walking the course a pleasure. The well-bunkered Winnemucca course measures more than 3,260 yards for a par of 36 and boasts tight, challenging fairways and small, fast greens that are impeccably maintained.

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The Frontier Motel features 19 guest rooms and suites, including smoking and non-smoking, plus a pool. Rates are reasonable and both pets and groups are welcome.

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Winnemucca RV Park maintains a clean, safe park away from the noise and traffic of town. Shuttles will deliver you to resturants and casinos, so you do not have to un-hook. The park is owner operated and they want you to have a good stay in Winnemucca.

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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!

Winnemucca, NV

One of the best Basque-American restaurants in Nevada!