Welcome to Carlin, “Where the train stops and the Gold Rush begins!” The present-day peaceful community of Carlin originally thrust into the world as a campsite for miners during the Gold Rush during the 1840s, but eventually boomed in a big way when the Transcontinental Railroad ripped through the American West. Chinese immigrants who helped build the train tracks grew unbelievable gardens that fed most of the residents in Carlin and even nearby Elko, further establishing the town as a permanent settlement.
This northeastern Nevada community is right in the core of gold country, and takes full advantage of it. The Silver State is, ironically, one of the top gold producers in the world, and much of it comes straight from Carlin Trend, an area that houses two of the largest gold mines in the continent.
Today, just over 2,300 residents call Carlin home, but the town still offers a surprising array of attractions and comfortable amenities. To scratch that recreational itch, Carlin offers a nine-acre activity area with baseball fields, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a custom youth playground and a football and soccer field. There’s also a nice little equestrian park and youth skate park in the downtown area.
Outside of town, Carlin is in a prime location as it dishes out unlimited access to great spots for biking, camping, backpacking, fishing and hunting. Visitors can tour the Chinese Gardens Nature Study Area, which is home to trails, picnic areas, and streams and ponds bursting with fish. Not far from Carlin is the impressive Ruby Marshes, Wild Horse Reservoir, Lamoille Canyon, South Fork State Recreation Area, Angel Lake and the Jarbidge Wilderness Area. If it’s ghost towns you’re after, head south a short distance to the mysterious living ghost town of Palisade.