Valley of Fire State Park

Know Before You Go

Simply put, Nevada’s a big place. As the seventh-largest state, the Silver State calls travelers to traverse thousands of miles of open highways and chase some dirt-road horizons. 

Naturally, with that much adventure waiting for you, there’s a bit to know before you go off exploring what Nevada’s known for. Get the ins, outs, overs, and in-betweens of exploring the Weirdest, Wildest West.

What to Know Before Visiting Nevada

So, what is Nevada known for? For starters, it’s one of the most iconic metropolitan areas on Earth. Then, of course, beyond that neon glow, there are all the can’t-believe-it’s-really a desert and mountainscapes, dotted with surreal parks and bubbling hot springs, lit up by the brightest stars in the darkest skies, and other unforgettable things that make this place so damn special.

Black Rock Hot Springs

Discover Nevada’s biggest pocket of parks and initiate some serious resting relaxation face at some of Nevada’s state and national parks, remembering to always leave these sensitive pristine places better than you found them—and to help keep ‘em that way by never geo-tagging them on social media.

Much like fuel stations, restrooms and drinking water, access to cell service can be a bit scattered in some rural parts of the state. Map out your #NVRoadTrip with gas stations, night stops, and be extra safe by letting someone know where you’re venturing, plus when you plan to come back. Basically, call your mom. Oh, and speaking of your parents… forget what they told you. Out here, one of the first things to know about Nevada is that talking to strangers won’t simply shape the way you experience the places you visit, it may just make your whole damn trip.

Sand Mountain Recreation Area

Fancy an off-grid dip? Before you head out to Nevada’s natural hot springs, be sure to brush up on what to know before you go soaking. What about checking out hundreds of Nevada ghost towns, or trying your hand at rockhounding as you sink your pick axe into natural gemstones like turquoise, garnets or black fire opal? When you ditch that pavement, abide by Nevada’s Dirt Road Code so you can get after that unfenced, backcountry action safely, legally, and while moving the Nevada story forward.

Rhyolite Ghost Town
Rhyolite Ghost Town
Angel Lake
Angel Lake

What is Nevada Known For?

Mountains of Snow and Valleys of Fire

When you hear the word “Nevada,” what do you picture? The glitz and glam of the Las Vegas Strip’s five crazy, glowing miles? You bet. Maybe a few flying saucers whirring around Area 51. Sure thing. And the sublime, crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe? Of course. But dip beneath the surface and you’ll find some other intriguing sides of Nevada, like the side where Wild West history and 1870s opulence collide with rip-roaring races and rowdy saloons in Virginia City. Or a side that captivates boulderers and multi-pitch leaders with the kind of routes and scenery rock climbing dreams are made of. Maybe it’s the side marked by jagged, sky-high peaks tempting heli skiing with untouched lines through virgin powder. Whatever it is, And once you’ve gotten here, you’ll be on our side for good.


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Lake Mead just north of the Hoover Dam.
Visited the coolest bar I've ever seen in Nevada, the Pioneer Saloon over 100 years old and been in hundreds of movies and video games #PioneerSaloon #SaloonBar #Bar #Nevada #Western #Movies #Goodsprings #Fallout #NewVegas #Bikers #Route66 #HarleyDavidson #RoadTrip #USA #America #Country
#fbf for this postcard-worthy day at redrockcanyonlv. This was just after I sliced my ankle to pieces on the cog and FaceTimed nurse_catchit instead of going to the doctor. #oops I now have a gnarly scar to always remember this trip by. There’s never a bad day in this park, and I’ll be back in September. Hopefully with less injuries and a few climbing ropes this time. (Cough cough benjisaurus.) #redrockcanyon #vegasbaby #outdoorvegas #ventureready #nevada #adventure #cycling
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🛶 Lake Tahoe at the Stateline, Nevada.

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Ideas for Travel #59: Don’t forget to stop in Caliente, NV.
When #mountainbike road-tripping between Las Vegas and Hurricane, Utah, stop in Caliente. Trust me, the riding is worth it.
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Look at how red those colors are!
Still about a month away from being able to see the galactic core but now is a good time to start shooting because temps are still cool and now I am seeing more of the gas clouds. Stars will be tact sharp because of almost zero atmospheric distortion from heat. About 9pm last night, 51 deg, and a rain shower just passed through the area so it smelled nice. The mercury vapor street light added a nice green glow to the buildings. It was nice to hangout at an abandoned ghost town, by myself, in the dark……
#nikon D810
#nikkor 14-24mm ƒ/2.8
25 sec ƒ/2.8
ISO 2500
✨📦 It’s been a while since i’ve felt excited about shooting again. This time I’m trying to teach myself how to shoot better climbing photos and it feels all shiny and new to pick up my camera. ✨✨✨
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Do you have any fun photo projects on the horizon or new things you’re trying with photography?

Also if you shoot climbing photos, would love any tips! 🙏🏻 Crashpad #gifted by metoliusclimbing
5 months and 15 days until deep playa sunsets. Stoked to get to return to a flooded playa at the end of April for a little #boatingman #barbthebarbarian guada.lupe.diver #blackrockdesert #DFMI #burningman Van
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