Must See - Indian Territory
Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway (Nixon and Sutcliffe)
Northeast of Reno lies Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway, which is located entirely inside a tribal reservation. The byway has stunning views of the desert lake, and on the eastern shore you’ll find the signature Pyramid-shaped tufa formation. Fishing and camping permits can be obtained at the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s Museum and Visitor Center.
Grimes Point (Fallon)
You can marvel at ancient petroglyphs, also known as rock art, at the Grimes Point Archaeological Site east of Fallon on U.S. 50. the site features a National Recreation Trail that leads you to hundreds of boulders etched with circles, wavy lines, human figures and snakes and other animals. Some of the art is dated to 6,000 years ago.
Toquima Caves (Austin)
A chain-link fence at Toquima Caves protects pictographs, ancient rock art similar to petroglyphs but painted instead of carved. The site is east of Austin on U.S. 50 and State Route 376 of a dirt road. The symbols include round and wavy lines, stripes and figures. A short hiking trail from a U.S. Forest Service campground leads to the caves.
Hickison Petroglyphs (Austin)
Three large panels of petroglyphs are found at Hickison Summit Recreation Area east of Austin on U.S. 50. The site has camping areas, pit toilets, picnic tables and barbecue grills. Pick up a brochure and take the quarter-mile interpretive trail that leads you past the rock carvings to views of Smoky and Monitor valleys.
Dat-So-La-Lee Baskets (Reno and Carson City)
Dat-So-La-Lee is the most famous of the Washoe fancy basketweavers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, her baskets are worth upwards of $1 million. Examples of Dat-So-La-Lee’s work can be seen at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City and the Nevada Historical Society in Reno.
Sarah Winnemucca Statue (Carson City)
A bronze statue of Sarah Winnemucca, a 19th-century Paiute educator, advocate for Indian rights and the first Native woman to write a book, is on display at the Nevada Capitol in Carson City. The statue is a duplicate of the statue installed in National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., in 2005.
Mary and Moe’s Wigwam (Fernley)TEMPORARILY CLOSED
From the outside, Mary and Moe’s Wigwam looks like an ordinary family restaurant, perched on West Main Street in Fernley. Inside, not only can visitors enjoy home-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners, they also can browse among displays of American Indian artifacts and Western art.
Lovelock Cave (Lovelock)
At the Marzen House Museum in Lovelock northeast of Reno on Interstate 80, you can pick up the Lovelock Cave Back Country Byway Tour brochure, which tells of the ancient peoples who camped at nearby Lovelock Cave. Thousands of artifacts, including the Nevada state artifact, a tule duck decoy, were excavated there beginning in 1912.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort (Las Vegas)
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe hosts three championship Pete Dye designs at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. All three courses stripe the desert with brilliant green and have fabulous views. The Wolf course, the newest, is the longest course in Nevada. Snow Mountain, the original, and Sun Mountain were given 4.25 star ratings by Golf
Digest in 2006.
Lost City Museum (Overton)
Visitors can see baskets, points, pottery and replica dwellings at the Lost City Museum in Overton, northeast of Las Vegas. The museum was built by the National Park Service to exhibit ancient artifacts from Pueblo Grande de Nevada, once inhabited by Anasazi and Puebloan cultures. Much of the site was eventually covered by Lake Mead.