Lunar Crater Backcountry Byway


Tonopah, NV

(775) 482-7800

Located 75 miles east of Tonopah on U.S. 6, this area contains numerous volcanic features. Byway travelers will be able to explore cinder cones, maars and basalt flows similar to features found on the moon. The first distinctive geological feature travelers see is Easy Chair Crater. Farther along the route are sculptured rock formations, which lead to Lunar Crater. Lunar Crater was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973. From the crater’s rim visitors can see 20 extinct volcanoes in the nearby hills. High-clearance vehicles are strongly recommended on this unpaved, 24-mile dirt road.

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