Street Scene, Elko

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Elko County Courthouse

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Western Mural, Elko

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White King Polar bear Statue outside Elko Casino

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Anacabe's General Merchandise Exterior, Elko

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Star Neon at night

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Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Exterior of Sherman Station

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detail on leather working at JM Capriola

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Visit Elko And See For Yourself Why It's Constantly Ranked As One Of The Best True Western Towns in the United States...Complete With True Cowboy Charm


Elko, NV 89801

(775) 738-4091

Sitting at an elevation of more than 5,000 feet, Elko is known as “Nevada with Altitude,” a moniker to which it truly lives up. The thriving northeastern, Nevada city is bordered by the towering, snow-capped Ruby Mountains, often called the Alps of Nevada, and the lush, glacier-carved Lamoille Canyon. And that means there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy, everything from down-and-dirty ATVing to out-of-this-world heli-skiing. Within minutes of downtown Elko, visitors can enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing or backpacking– and that’s just the start. Elko’s humble beginning came in 1869, when it was established as a railroad site town. It quickly became home to rail workers and their families., Nevada’s first high school opened in Elko in 1885, and the University of, Nevada welcomed its first students there in 1874 before moving to Reno 11 years later.

Elko is where Nevada’s real cowboys work and play, and the Wild West spirit is catching...even the folks at True West have taken notice of Elko's authentic western heritage and ranked the town as one of the Top True Western Towns.  Cowboys from across the nation flock to Elko every January for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a celebration of the cowboy lifestyle and the rural West. But the events in Elko go beyond its Western roots. Every July is the annual National Basque Festival, a nod to the rich Basque history and culture both in, Nevada and across the country. The festival is a raucous family event with traditional food and wine, dancing and even a ceremonial running of the bulls. And for Basque food anytime, Elko’s authentic Basque restaurants always hit the spot. Other much-anticipated events in Elko include the Silver State Stampede, Motorcycle Jamboree and the county fair.

Today, visitors to Elko can explore, Nevada’s roots in mining, ranching and native culture with a stop at the Northeastern, Nevada Museum, the Western Folklife Center or the Sherman Station Visitor’s Center. And for a real treat, check out Capriola’s. It’s one the most famous saddle-making companies in the world, and visitors can browse the array of rich leather goods and even watch saddle-makers at work.

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