Backcountry

With over 110,000 square miles of desert, mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers, Nevada offers the ultimate in backcountry activities. From sandboarding to snowmobiling, fishing to heli-skiing, horseback riding to hunting, there is an activity for everyone!

Nevada’s varied terrain and diverse weather conditions provide some of the best recreation in the West. With heavy snowfall in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area of northwestern Nevada, dry desert in the Las Vegas area of southern Nevada and a combination of both in between, the Nevada backcountry offers as much excitement as the Las Vegas Strip.

For the thrill seeker, go heli-skiing on the peaks of the snow-covered Ruby Mountains, known as Nevada’s Swiss Alps. Or, hop on your ATV and head to Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Fallon. These dunes provide over five square miles of sandboarding fun.

If snowsports are more your speed, head to the Sierra Nevada in the Reno-Lake Tahoe area where you’ll find the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America. East of Reno-Lake Tahoe, in Elko, you’ll find backcountry trails for snowmobiling and snowshoeing. And you can even ski or board in southern Nevada at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort!

If you want to experience the backcountry at a slower pace, go horseback riding in the Spring Mountains of the Mount Charleston Wilderness or on the Jarbidge River Trail. You can also watch wild horses and burros at the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area in southern Nevada. And if you enjoy hunting, Nevada has everything from chuckar to pheasant and deer to elk.

For experiences that are off the beaten path, explore the marvelous wonders waiting for you in Nevada’s backcountry. You’ll see why the Silver State’s vast and varied landscape is home to unlimited outdoor adventure.