16 Ways To Give Ordinary Adventure The Heave-Ho

Nevada has a way of sneaking up on you… it has a way of hitting you with surprises that will turn you into a Nevadaphile in one fell swoop. All you gotta do is let it in so it can do its thing. The cultural scene is on point… the wild history can pull you down an insane rabbit hole from nearly anywhere you stand… but there’s something else that’s always a front runner: outdoor adventure, baby

For me, it’s almost a weird guilty pleasure—feeling like you’re getting away with something you shouldn’t in a state that’s stereotyped as flat, barren and empty. When you’re basking in one of the dozens of off-grid hot springs under the milky way, hundreds of miles away from everything except that deafening silence. Or when you’re summiting one of Nevada’s 63 summits over 11,000 feet. Or working a line in the world’s best outdoor climbing gym. Or bagging tigers in Lamoille Canyon. Or ramblin’ on two-wheels in the off-grid Mojave. It’s sexy, freeing, and maybe even a little dangerous. Safety third, right? Nevada adventure begs for the taking—all you gotta do is grab onto it and not look back. #NVAdventure

1. Chasing the buzz that comes with ripping Nevada’s newest trail systems

Barnes Canyon Mountain Bike Trails

2. Giving Buteo babes the once over, then putting them back on their flight plan in the Goshutes

International Hawk Watch & The Goshute Raptor Migration Project

3. Grabbing a belay bud to hit the best outdoor rock climbing gym on Planet Earth

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

4. Earning your ranking on the I.G.F.A. Royal Trout Slam in the Jarbidge Wilderness

Jarbidge Wilderness Area

5. Diggin up your very own turquoise nug, black fire opal, or garnet in them thar hills

Garnet Hill

6. Catching a charge off those storied Washoe Zephyrs, and discovering that even Twain’s quip couldn’t articulate their exhilarating fury

Washoe Lake State Park

7. Realizing there’s no better way to let the Mojave show herself to you than getting a little sand in those chompers

Adventure Time Tours & Rentals

8. Delving deep into the heart of the golden west at Nevada’s true window into history

Metropolis Ghost Town

9. Kayaking from the base of a Modern Marvel, to the can’t-be-real Emerald Cave

Colorado River

10. Embracing ultimate euphoria on an untouched drop in the Rubies

Ruby Mountains Heli Experience

11. Two wheel ramblin’ in America’s road trip superdome  

Valley of Fire State Park

12. Knowing the addiction to summit fever is real, from Charleston all the way to the Matterhorn

Ruby Mountains

13. Taking views of Big Blue to new heights

Skydive Lake Tahoe

14. Kicking your idea of a “Sunset Picnic” into high gear

Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters

15. Living your best Snow White moment for real at the Mount Rose Meadows

Chickadee Ridge

16. Unlocking off-grid Nevada magic, and realizing you love this state like it’s a person

Soldier Meadows Hot Springs