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Recreate Responsibly

PLEASE READ: What to know before you come to the Silver State

We are currently experiencing catastrophic wildfires in parts of our beautiful state — and in our surroundings. In order to reduce the strain on the region and to keep the health and safety of our community and the firefighters battling these blazes in focus, we join the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority in asking guests to postpone visits to Lake Tahoe’s south shore until further notice due to the Caldor Fire.

We will update this section as the situation unfolds, but for our most up-to-date travel alerts including fire information and public health updates, click here. For information about ways to recreate responsibly around other areas of the Silver State, please scroll on.

Highlights

  • Navigate Nevada Like A Dusty Ol’ Pro
  • Come Out and Play It Safe on Nevada’s Public Lands
  • Land Use Etiquette, Safety, and Stewardship

In love with the Silver State as much as we are? Get the lowdown on how you can do your part to protect the places we love, and move the Nevada story forward for good.

Nevada Travel Restrictions

Know Before You Go

  • Stay on All Trails, Tracks, and Roads. We’ve already got plenty; don’t blaze your own.
  • Know Where You’re Headed. With so many unfenced landscapes, everything can feel like it’s limitlessly yours. But remember, whatever land you’re on—whether it’s private or public—it’s owned and managed by a person or an agency. Respect all posted No Trespassing signs and leave gates in whatever way you found them.
  • Tread Lightly! Whether you’re off-roading, hunting, target shooting, fishing, or simply exploring, make sure you’re operating motorized vehicles legally, safely, and responsibly. Brush up on designated OHV routes before you head out into Nevada’s backcountry.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Finders does NOT mean keepers. Whether it’s a ghost town mining relic, arrowhead, or any other kind of artifact, whether it looks historical to you or not, it’s a vital piece of the Silver State story. Take all the photos you’d like, but leave every object, however big or small, exactly where you found it for others to discover. Taking—AKA stealing—artifacts is not only extremely uncool, it’s also illegal.

Got fishing, hiking or hot spring hunting on the brain? More than 80% of Nevada is public land—the highest percentage among all states. Meaning this land is literally your land. Be sure to navigate it safely and responsibly while you’re out here.

  • Leave No Trace. Familiarize yourself with the “Seven Principles” of LNT outdoor ethics. At the very least, always travel with extra garbage bags so you can pack out all your own—and anyone else’s—trash. Leave every place better than you found it.
  • Watch for Wildlife. Beyond the asphalt, Nevada’s diverse fauna ranges from rabbits to rattlesnakes, burros to bighorns, reptiles to rare birds, cattle to coyotes, pronghorn aplenty, more wild horses than anywhere else, and an abundance in between. If you’re going so fast that you miss them—or worse, that you can’t when you need to—then you’re going too fast. 

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Feeding wildlife of any kind is not only extremely uncool, it’s also illegal. Human food is not healthy for wild animals, and they do not need food from humans to survive. Wild animals have specialized diets, and they can become malnourished or die if fed or become dependent on human food. Don’t do it!

Playing with Fire

Recreating Safely with Invasives in Sagebrush Country

For more information about ways to play it safe in the sage, head for PartnersInTheSage.com.

Nevada travel restrictions

Play It Safe

  • Venturing off the pavement? Brush up on Nevada’s Dirt Road Code for driving tips, responsible practices, and packing list suggestions for crucial gear and supplies.
  • Bring more water and food than you think you’ll need.
  • Carry a full-size spare tire and tire patch/plug kit—and know how to use it before you need to!
  • Be sure to check all current fire restrictions—local guidelines vary on everything from campfires to personal stoves—then crank up the heat on your group’s fire safety practices. Fire season hits Nevada harder than ever these days, with catastrophic blazes started by campfire embers, vehicle undercarriages, hot bullet casings, and much more. Arm yourself with the info you need to keep things cool.
  • Nevada’s night skies are some of the darkest in the Lower 48. Before you deck out your camp with twinkle lights and light saber-style flashlights with enough lumens to land a jumbo jet, remember you may be blowing out a fellow camper’s night vision, and otherwise prime stargazing conditions. Help protect this disappearing, sacred natural resource by lighting your camp mindfully.
  • Above all, use common sense. Just like back in kindergarten, if you feel like you’re doing something wrong, you probably are.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Don’t count on your phone to bail you out of a jam! Nevada’s wild places are some of the country’s most remote—which is one of the reasons they’re such a haven for outdoor fun. However, that also means they’re often way out of cell service and, thus, far from help. Do your damndest not to need it in the first place.

With 48 million acres of space to be your rad self, Nevada is packed with let’s-see-what-happens adventure around every corner. Flex those freedom muscles and find your own Silver State surprises in some of our favorite locales.

Buckle Up

What to Know about Driving in Nevada

Whether you want to unearth graveyard tales in ghost towns, treat yourself to mineral baths in hot springs, or cruise from the Valley of Fire State Park to Great Basin National Park, chances are, we’ve got a #NVRoadTrip with your name all over it.

Nevada teems with bucket-listable destinations. But the best road trips are all about the journey where your Silver State stories come to life. So hit one of our scenic byways and feel free to roam. However, there are a few need-to-know tips and tricks for keeping your wheels turning and the adventure unfurling.

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Driving in Nevada

Before you buckle up for the adventure of a lifetime, better brush up on a few basics, both on and off the pavement. From navigating wintry roads to braking for the occasional cow, Nevada highways are untamed, unforgettable, and unlike any other state’s.

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Cell Service

In some of the more off-grid slices of Silver State sanctuary, cell signals are scattered at best. Map out your #NVRoadTrip with gas stations, meal breaks, and night stops. And always tell someone where you’re headed and when you plan to return.

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Weather

Nevada is a land of extremes. Plan for glorious changes in weather, climate, and terrain as you explore our vast state. Pack clothes for both warm and cold temps in any season, and don’t forget your swimsuit. Because you never know what Nevada will do next.

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Travel Guides

Order or download our Official Nevada Visitor’s Guide and get your hands on events, things to do, and even more road trip ideas. You’ll find page after page of surprising scenery, intriguing attractions, and endless inspiration for your Nevada adventure.

COVID-19 Health & Safety

Nevada COVID-19 Restrictions & Travel Advisories

Nevada is one of the most incredible places to get outside and play, explore, and get away from it all. Of course, these days, some things are a little different. Here’s what to consider before you come camping and adventuring, and what to know when you do.

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#TravelNevada

Don’t be a geo-bag! You earned your Nevada backroads stripes, which constitutes a kickass Nevada adventure worth talking about. By all means, post the shot—you’ve earned it!—but please don’t make the ultimate faux pas by geotagging sensitive, secluded, under-the-radar-for-a-reason locations. Around here, we take our sacred secrets seriously. And for all you know, your new fave spot is already someone else’s. These slices of the Silver State are extra special—let’s do our part to keep ’em that way.

Ever filed a Float Plan? It's easy & a great idea. Before heading out, let a friend or family member know your plans. Complete a Float Plan online & have it automatically emailed to those you want to know about your paddling adventure! It's as simple as that!⁣
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SC Petroglyphs 2, Clark County, NV.
As suburban development creeps closer and closer to this spot, I worry that this site will become overrun with vandalism. Right now it’s still quite pristine, but there’s construction all around the area. We all know what happens to these sites with more exposure, and I’m glad to have seen this place as it is now. I know by sharing these photos I could be contributing to the further degradation of these sacred sites, which is why I do not share locations. Anyone with basic search-engine skills can track down many of these places themselves. Just remember to not post geotags, and please follow the mantra of #respectandprotect!
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#rockart #petroglyphs #nativeamerican #archaeology #respectandprotect #DFMI #TravelNevada #nvmag #explorenevada #naturalnevada #nevadaliving #onlyinNV #DiscoverNV #modernoutdoors #natgeoyourshot  #natgeotravelpic #Yourshotphotographer #negativemag #OurPlanetDaily #lonelyplanet #mylpguide #usinterior #bealpha #divine_deserts sonyalpha
Happy Monday! We want to remind everyone to be extra cautious on roadways as we head into the winter season. A lot of wildlife is active at dawn and dusk, so with dusk being earlier this time of year, humans are more active during the same time as our wildlife, leading to more conflicts. It’s always important to do the following while driving:

-Slow down! Make sure you are following the posted speed limits.
-Look for traffic signs. NDOT and NDOW have placed animal crossing signs near our roads, these are placed in locations where many animals cross so it is important to be especially vigilant in these areas.
-Be alert, make sure you are paying attention to the road especially during dawn and dusk.
-Scan ahead and make sure you are aware of any animals along the sides of the road. Slow down if you see any animals on the side of the road, if there is one, there is likely more.
-Give warning to other drivers and the animals. Honk your horn, slow down, flash headlights to give warning.
-Make sure everyone in your car is wearing their seatbelt, not only will it protect you, but it’s also the law.
With your help we can help keep the roadways safe for everyone!
#nevadawildlife #ndow #winterwildlife #safedriving
Regardless of your skill level or experience, you can always learn more when it comes to backcountry outings. It is imperative to be well versed in avalanche safety and search and rescue techniques before ever venturing out of ski area boundaries.
Luckily, North Lake Tahoe is full of local experts with intimate knowledge of the area and are your best source for information. Sign up for one of the many winter training courses offered throughout the region to acquire, refine or refresh your winter skills. You can also visit Take Care Tahoe’s Backcountry Awareness page for additional information and resources.
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While we love the beauty of this photo, we’re heartbroken over the wildfires that contributed the smoky skies. Whether you’re enjoying Nevada’s wide open spaces or any around the world, now is a good time to highlight the importance of fire safety. Not every wildfire can be prevented, but everyone can play a part in minimizing the chances of them. 💯
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✅ When camping, check on local fire restrictions (there’s currently a statewide ban on campfires, explosives, and other open-flame or spark-emitting devices and activities on Nevada public lands).
✅ Properly extinguish and trash cigarettes and other smoking materials, and NEVER throw them out from a vehicle.
✅ Be aware that hot bullet casings from target shooting and even parking vehicles over dried vegetation can start fires.
🔥 Follow @blm_nevada and @nevdcnr for more fire safety guidelines.
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Love when we get to hang out with friends with the same schedule as us, meaning weekdays and for whole weeks at a time. Multi-day dirt bike camp out in the Nevada desert with the_poacher with great riding and epic sunsets.
This week we are highlighting the great spaces of the Winnemucca District in North/Central #Nevada. Stevens Camp and Massacre Ranch cabins are some of the most remote public use cabins in Nevada. Located in the very northwest portion of the state, along the California Trail, the cabins are part of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon-Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. The freedom from the rest of the world can really be felt here, with dark night skies far from any lights. Hunting, hiking and four-wheeling are popular in the area. These free use, first-come, first- serve cabins provide unique recreational opportunities in this remote place surrounded by high rims and vistas.

The terrain is vast and cell service and fuel are sparce! Make sure to have extra food, water and clothing and include an emergency plan before you leave home. #Highdesert weather can be very serious in #spring making roads impassable, always check the forecast before launching any adventures! 

📸: Kurt Kuznicki, dark skies 
Gabrielle Lukins, cabin photos and hiking 

#Recreation #KnowBeforeYouGo #Nevada #Wild #Wilderness #Desert #YourPublicLands #historictrails #milkyway #photography #cabins #camping #wildblue
Went on a beautiful Easter hike which later turned into a hike from hell as a few of us got over heated in the 90 degree heat, ran out of water, aaand got lost multiple times. 🤡 

So in honor of me being unprepared for such a hike here are a few warm weather hiking tips so you can learn from my mistakes. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘦!

1. Hydrate the night before & especially the morning of your hike. 
2. Bring lotsssss of water! I always hike with my hydration backpack although this time it wasn’t enough lol. 
3. Bring snacks to refuel. 
4. Pack sunscreen. ☀️ 
5. Have (preferably cold) water in the car waiting for you when you get back just in case you do run out of water. 

Do you have any hiking tips to add to this list? 🥾
If only someone was standing on that rock on the right? Any takers for future hikes?! 

I still love this shot though! This place is such a gem! 

In a lot of ways, the pandemic really pushed me to go to less traveled places. This was one of them! And no I’m not going to geotag it. I know this is a huge debate but it was my own curiosity and research that led me to the desire to explore this mountain range (and bence_sensei curiosity as well). I am happy to share about it if you message me. I believe if you take your time to do your research, then you more likely to care about the land and also leave it better than you found it (LNT). Much lover everyone! 🙏 

Photo taken in July 24th, 2020
Have you been to a Lake Tahoe Water Trail trailhead? There are 20 of these trailheads around Lake Tahoe. Find them on our map & start your water adventure from one of them. These are great launch/landing sites with wayfinding signage, parking and restrooms.⁣
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Head over 👉 to the link in our profile. Pick up a LTWT map to learn all the trailheads & find lots more Pure Liquid Fun!⁣
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