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West Wendover

Visit West Wendover for a restorative night's stay at a casino-resort or take advantage of the area’s recreational opportunities with a trip to Blue Lake, Pilot Peak, or the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. Located on the Nevada/Utah border, West Wendover marks the beginning (or end) of the Cowboy Corridor road trip and promises history, outdoor adventures, and all kinds of fun.

Where the Cowboy Corridor Begins

Meet Your High Desert Escape

West Wendover, Nevada is a cozy northeastern Nevada city on the Utah border, which separates it from its sister town of Wendover, Utah, both of which form a joint community at the western edge of Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert. Located on Interstate 80, West Wendover is the easternmost stop along the 400-mile Cowboy Corridor road trip. Giant neon cowboy Wendover Will, the town’s official landmark, has been welcoming (or bidding farewell) to travelers since 1952. With plush casino-resorts, buffets and steakhouses, and gaming, West Wendover is a popular overnight stop on the road from Reno to Salt Lake City, Utah, 120 miles to the east, and makes a perfect basecamp for exploring the wide-open Bonneville Salt Flats.

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West Wendover History

West Wendover grew from modest roots as a railroad town serving train travelers passing through the Great Basin between Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Although the town is essentially merged with Wendover, Utah, the effects of sitting on the Nevada side of the line became immediately far more apparent with the Silver State’s re-embracing of legalized gambling in the 1930s and ’40s, which led to the development of the town’s row of amply sized casino hotels.

Historic Wendover Air Field Museum
Early Wendover

Wendover also played a crucial role in ending World War II. The bombs—known as Fat Man and Little Boy—that were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were assembled and tested on the Wendover Range, while the crew that piloted those fateful missions in 1945—the 509th Composite Group—trained at Wendover Air Force Base. The base is now the Historic Wendover Air Field Museum, where visitors can walk the hangar that housed the famed Enola Gay B-29 bomber.

Peppermill Concert Hall

Things To Do in West Wendover

Rising from the edge of the expansive Bonneville Salt Flats, West Wendover welcomes cross-country road trippers every night of the week, as well as thousands of weekenders (including many of our neighbors looking for a brief escape from Utah’s stricter laws) for resort stays and top-notch events. The Peppermill Concert Hall draws crowds for top-bill entertainment, having hosted artists such as Willie Nelson, Jay Leno, Pat Benetar, Foreigner, and many more legendary acts.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Adrenaline-oriented action awaits in the wide-open Bonneville Salt Flats, where motorists can set their own land speed records or watch the pros blast across the horizon. Underground aficionados can tour the nearby Jukebox and Danger Caves. Artsy explorers can venture to artist Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels in northwestern Utah, which are concrete tubes aligned with the solstice sunrises and sunsets in June and December.

HawkWatch International

Blue Lake Wildlife Management Area is a wetland complex of deep and clear spring-fed lakes and ponds that lure anglers, swimmers, and even scuba divers. Hawkwatch International and the Goshute Raptor Migration Project, a migratory bird hotspot at 9,000 feet in elevation that offers spectators to participate in the work while enjoying stunning views of both the salt flats below and raptors migrating along the Pacific Flyway between Alaska and points below southern California. 

Pilot Peak

Lastly, majestic Pilot Peak—Nevada’s most ultra-prominent mountain—near the far northeastern corner of Elko County, NV towers over the basin at more than 10,700 feet. The mountain served as a landmark for early adventurers such as John C. Fremont, Kit Carson, and the Donner Party, and was the original source for the rehabilitation of Nevada’s Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Restaurants in West Wendover

Visitors looking to recharge after a long day’s adventures can find a range of great dining options at West Wendover NV casinos. Three partner resorts—Montego Bay Resort, Peppermill Wendover, and Rainbow Casino & Hotel—feature 12 dining options, including the Rainbow Steak House, Oceano Buffet at Montego Bay, and both Café Milano and Pancho and Willie’s at the Peppermill Wendover. The Wendover Nugget and Red Garter Hotel & Casino also offer both casual and upscale dining options.

Fratelli Pizza
Rainbow Steakhouse

The Salt Flats Café, meanwhile, serves up American and Mexican fare, while Fratelli Pizza offers hungry visitors their take on specialty house pies, wings, fresh salads, and hot sandwiches (any relation to the notorious Fratellis from The Goonies is supposedly hearsay).

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Although West Wendover is in Nevada, this town runs on Mountain Time, making life a lot easier when traveling (or living daily life) in the joint communities of Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, which are separated only by a state line and a handful of differing laws.
Bonneville Speed Week

Wendover Events

Maximize your fun and plan a trip to West Wendover to coincide with a special event. Many of the most well-known events are all about high-octane excitement among the scenic desert beauty of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Speed freaks and motorheads rumble out for annual races like August’s Speed Week, the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials around Labor Day, September’s World of Speed, and late September’s Bonneville World Finals—during which supercharged engines and one-of-a-kind vehicles carry drivers up to speeds above 600 miles per hour. A little slower-paced—but no less exciting—are the Bonneville HellFire Rockets Launch and the Salty Lizard Bike Race. Meanwhile, back in town the Peppermill Concert Hall keeps crowds cheering with an events calendar packed with talented comedians, major headliners, and more.

West Wendover Casinos & Hotels

Montego Bay Casino & Resort offers more than 550 hotel rooms, while the West Wendover Peppermill Hotel Casino has 382 rooms and the Rainbow Hotel Casino has 429. The Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino has more than 500, while the Red Garter Hotel & Casino has 108. Each property features a mix of amenities, dining, gaming, and attractions that are sure to keep you entertained; or you can kick off your shoes, relax, and take a dip poolside or soak in a jetted whirlpool tub.

West Wendover Peppermill Hotel Casino
Montego Bay Casino & Resort

Many RVers overnight at the West Wendover KOA. Located just 10 miles from the Bonneville Salt Flats, the campground is open year-round and is a perfect jumping-off point for a day spent exploring nearby attractions.

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ARTIFACT TUESDAY
One of our most popular pieces over the years has been our transport plane used in the 1997 film Con Air. Though a bit battered after years of sitting in desert conditions and being battered by wind, this plane can still be identified by its nose art (The Jailbird) and the US Marshall markings on the rear of the aircraft.

Several of these aircraft were used to produce the film. One was a flying version, a second was used for the crash scene where it flew into the Vegas Sands Casino, and the third being ours, which was modified with a bus transmission so it could be easily driven around to film ground shots. This aircraft is open to the public, and visitors can see the stripped interior, as well as the cockpit that has been modified with a steering wheel to accommodate the planes ground duties. From the airfield one can see the engines have been removed and were in fact replaced by smaller motors that could semi-convincingly spin a propeller. 
The airframe is a Fairchild C-123 Provider. This aircraft was delivered to the US Air Force in the late fifties and was identified by the serial number 56-4361 (meaning it was built in 1956). We don't have the full service history of this aircraft, but in the 1970s it served with the 439th Airlift Wing. These aircraft were used for carrying troops, equipment, and even small vehicles.

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Wendover Will, a 63-foot-tall neon cowboy created by yescosigns' Pat Denner (who also created Vegas Vic). Will was originally installed at the Stateline Casino in 1952 (one year after Vegas Vic arrived on Fremont Street).
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Shout out to the new best friend for taking us flying and trusting us to actually fly the plane... can’t wait until the next flight!!
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