Must See - Cowboy Country

Ruby Mountains (Elko)

The Ruby Mountains are flush with wildlife, mountain scenery, lakes, streams and valleys. The Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail on the spine of the Ruby Mountains is well-maintained for backpackers and horseback riders. The Ruby National Wildlife Refuge offers fine fishing and bird watching.

Lamoille Canyon (Elko)

The Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway follows a U-shaped, sheerwalled canyon flush with summer wildflowers and spectacular colors in the fall. Campgrounds and picnic areas are available. At the top are restrooms and trails leading to the backcountry.

Western Folklife Center (Elko)

The Western Folklife Center in Elko is best known for the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in January, but exhibits focus on contemporary cowboy craftsmanship, ranch life and American Indian art. Exhibits, performances and workshops take place all year.

Basque dining (Elko and Winnemucca)

You’re likely to hear the Basque language being spoken by old-timers at the bar at many Basque restaurants, which serve traditional food, often family-style. Try the Star Hotel, Nevada Dinner House, and Biltoki in Elko and Ormachea’s, Winnemucca Hotel, Partners in Wine and The Martin Hotel in Winnemucca.

Lovers Lock Plaza (Lovelock)

Lovers from around the world lock their love in Lovelock following the ancient Chinese custom of placing a lock on a never-ending chain. More than 1,000 locks adorn Lovers Lock Plaza, located behind the Lovelock courthouse. It is said that as long as your lock remains on the chain, your love will endure.

Bloody Shins Trail (Winnemucca)

Hikers, horseback riders, and beginning and intermediate mountain bikers criss-cross sage-covered hills to find panoramic views of mountain ranges and a sweeping valley floor on the Bloody Shins Trail, part of the developing Winnemucca Mountain Bike Trail System.

Angel Lake (Wells)

Angel Lake Scenic Byway, a 12-mile route winding up through spectacular scenery in the East Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, ends at Angel Lake, where you can picnic and camp. Wells hosts the annual Race to the Angel, open to runners, walkers and bikers.

Historic Wendover Airfield (West Wendover)

Visitors can tour the World War II-era Historic Wendover Airfield, where the 509th Composite Group trained to drop atomic bombs over Japan in the 1940s. Scenes for “Independence Day,” starring Will Smith, were filmed here.

Off-Road adventure (Elko)

ATV and four-wheel drive trails will take you to remote areas, old mining towns and scenic vistas. You can bring your own vehicles or take a tour operated by professional guides. Popular trails are found in the Ruby Mountains, Merritt Mountain and Spruce Mountain.

Snowmobiling (Elko)

Snow blankets much of northeastern Nevada in the winter, creating excellent conditions for snowmobiling. Open and varied terrain are available at Wild Horse Reservoir and Gold Creek. Other areas include Independence Mountains, Jarbidge and the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway.