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Nevada has no shortage of backcountry saloons that will make you feel like you’re in the old West. Some are simple, some are quirky, but all of them have one thing in common: they’re a great place to wet your whistle off the beaten path. Check out this list of 10 must-visit backcountry saloons and let us know if your favorite did or didn’t make the cut.
Rim to Reno: Take a Hidden Hike
The 21-mile Rim-to-Reno Trail, completed in 2012, was a dream come true in the Sierra. It connects the Thomas Creek Trail on the outskirts of Reno with the Tahoe Rim Trail at the top of the Mt. Rose Highway. Hikers will find waterfalls, spectacular wildflower displays, and over a dozen miles of remote wilderness with magnificent mountain vistas.
What is truly remarkable about the Rim-to-Reno Trail is that at each end of the trail you will find some of the busiest sections of trail in Nevada, yet in the middle there are mile upon mile of little used trail providing a true feeling of remote wilderness.
Wheezer Dell: A Life Hit Out of the Park
He was born William George Dell in Tuscarora, Nevada on June 11, 1886. He was such a good high school quarterback that he was allowed an extra year of football eligibility after graduation. He played sandlot baseball as a kid, and was a pitcher on the high school team.
In 1908, he signed with the Vancouver Beavers in the old Northwest League and helped them win the pennant. Four years later he was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals. He had made it to the big leagues! By 1916, he was pitching in the World Series.
More Mountain Biking in the Silver State
Fun loops, bloody shins, epic smiles; these are some of the possibilities when you mountain bike, and Nevada has more than its fair share of amazing trails.
From beginner fire roads to gnarly downhills, you don’t have to look to far to find some dirt that’s just right for you. And while Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas all have well-known trails, the rest of the state has great riding as well.
The Comstock Summer of Love at 50
Long before burners engulfed the playa of Nevada’s Black Rock desert or steampunkers rocked their first Comstock counterculture balls, there was the Red Dog Saloon. From June to August of 1965, this establishment-defying enclave on C Street in Virginia City made history by launching the Charlatans—a music-fused mix of rock ’n’ roll, costumes, guns, and mind-skewing substances. The brick-stout, vermillion-tinted Red Dog building was ground zero for risky, experimental behaviors in a developing psychedelic cultural esthetic known as the “San Francisco Sound,” which in turn cross-fertilized the Bay Area’s 1960s counterculture.
The Loneliest Road trip in America
The road trip: America’s quintessential summer pastime. Nothing quite beats sitting behind the wheel of your car, conquering miles and miles of road as the scenery around you gradually shifts. The freedom associated with such an excursion is unmatched. But where lies the perfect road trip? The answer to that is right here in Nevada.
Across the entirety of the state lies U.S. Route 50, America’s “Loneliest Road,” etched deep in the Nevada landscape and boasting many exciting landmarks along the way. This highway has been in service since the early 1860s, when it guided not the wheels of cars, but the hooves of horses bound for the coast with important postage.
Shop Around the Corner
Jeanette Champagne is aptly named. Whether you happen upon her humble shop in the historic district of Carson City or you are one of the many who hear of Rocking and Rolling from someone else, you will leave feeling elevated, almost giddy. It’s as if you had too much champagne, but as we all know, you can’t really have too much champagne. The same is true for Jeanette.
2015 Silver State Scavenger Hunt
Calling all trekkers, explorers, road trippers, and weekend warriors! Do you love traveling the Silver State? If so, we want to offer you—the almighty adventurer—a chance to visit some of Nevada’s most iconic destinations, while possibly winning an awesome prize. Like what you see? Here are the details:
2015 Silver State Scavenger Hunt Official Rules
Then & Now: Behind the Photo Shoots
When we set out to recreate historical photographs, we knew it would be a challenge. How much has changed? How much has stayed the same? Would we end up driving hundreds of miles only to find the photograph unattainable, or would it look not much different than 100 years ago?
Nevada’s pioneer spirit is alive and well in Cal-Nev-Ari, and is embodied in the town’s owner and founder Nancy Kidwell.If you’re looking for the ultimate Nevada adventure, this just may be it. But remember; real pioneers only need apply.
Snow Much Fun: 2015 Winter Guide
The time has come to put away bathing suits and snorkels, grab your snowshoes and skis and jump into the powdery pleasure that is winter in Nevada. Whether you long for the fast downhills, the serene backcountry hikes, or need to get the kids out of doors for a while, from every corner of the state, we have you covered.
Right Place, Right Time
Driving home along the east shore of Lake Tahoe, you usually see kayakers and paddle boarders cruising along the placid waters. It’s not too often you see guys in wetsuits tackling 6-foot waves with their surfboards. That’s what happened on Sept. 25 and it was one of those times I was glad I always carry my camera gear with me.
Why I Love Nevada by Karen Cazier
I guess you’d say I am embedded—it’s in my blood. Nevada is where I was born, where my mother and father were born, where my paternal grandfather was born; yes, we go back 122 years. Our family roots grow deeper, to when our forefathers emigrated from European countries, lured to eastern Nevada in the 1880s by mining and the hope of unearthing treasures.
A journey through history
Dining cars with linens tablecloths and napkins, and food that would rival any fancy restaurant. Business cars with sleeping quarters and lushly appointed seating areas. Lounge cars with domed seating complete with rotating club chairs for optimal viewing. Let’s not forget the unparalleled views of Nevada that accompany every step of the trip from West Wendover to Sparks.
There’s a basin, wrought of reason, tortoise dry and clean of air Where rivers hike to meet their fate, get lost and disappear Where Grand Adventure had a say and different would prevail And where only hardy life hangs on to all that it entails
Where hidden hints of Eden are revealed to those who seek And where Bristlecone stand sentinel from high atop her peaks Where the Shoshone and the Paiute and the Washo stories tell; ‘If we but live within Her wishes, we will prosper and live well’
The Tale of Two “P”s
“Go West, young man” was the cry of the day in 1865 after a tumultuous period of civil war and assassination. As America expanded from the mid 1550s to late 1700s, settlers and Native Americans fought a near-continuous battle over dominion. Then gold fever struck. In the 1860s, Nevada flourished with miners pouring into ore-laden areas, while other towns developed as support hubs for the evolving mining camps.
As celebrated academics, Barber and Curtis have long dreamed of finding a way to convey engaging, accurate information about Reno’s history to an online audience. After more than a year and half of working with development partners, donors, and volunteers, they unveiled their answer: The Reno Historical mobile app and website.
The Morris Hotel
A silent auction is underway on Reno’s Fourth Street. Off the well-worn Highway 40 and under LED lights, several items are open for bid, including Burning Man commemorative posters, massages, and a coupon for a local bowling alley. Bass lines boom from a nearby DJ stage. Revelers duck in and out to bid and buy costume pieces fashioned from the new hotel’s logo.
Ward Charcoal Ovens
Virtually overnight, the mountains around Willow Creek were flooded with miners in search of their own rich ore. Seeing the potential for the area, the Martin and White Company of San Francisco purchased several claims and built smelters to process the ore in the new Ward Mining District. The smelters would work well in the area, but were worthless without a hot-burning fuel to keep them running.
Google Business Views
Showcase the inside of your business to the online world. Google Business Views uses 360-degree panoramic imagery to fully capture your business and let potential customers take a virtual tour throughout your business. Interactive features allow customers who find you online to walk through, explore, and take a closer look at your business. Click and explore below.
Arc Dome Adventure
The objective on this autumn trip was to summit Arc Dome—the highest peak in the Toiyabes at 11,773 feet. Starting from the South Twin Trailhead (on the range’s east side whereas most approach Arc Dome from the west), it was around an 18-mile round trip with 5,000 feet of elevation gain. The forecast called for lows in the 20s and gusty winds on the ridgelines—but clear skies.
In the night, lying in the open, we threw human questions against the deep, starry vastness of Nevada sky. Questions of time and fate, loss and memory. The wind rushed in the tall aspen beside the creek. Random stars streaked and sputtered across the sky—like quick, brilliant memories disappearing the instant we beheld them. We had come to this corner of Nevada so many times over the years. Like so much of the state, it offered solitude and rare beauty in which we could ask questions and search out echoes of ourselves in the landscape.
Mountain Bike Adventure
Dusty trails, wild horses, steam locomotives, old mining towns, and rowdy saloons. You’d have to be watching an old western movie, right? Not if you mountain bike in Carson City! Just saddle up your bicycle, load up some water and provisions, and ride up into the mountains.
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A Scorching Anniversary
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium was filled with weather enthusiasts from across the nation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded: July 10, 1913. The 134-degree day was penned by Oscar Denton, who took the reading amidst birds falling dead from the sky because of the heat.
Stewart Indian School Excavated
In August, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Anthropology, in partnership with the Nevada Indian Commission and the Washoe Tribal Historic Preservation Office, conducted an excavation at the historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City. The Stewart facility is a 110-acre historic district that is home to more than 50 historic buildings.
Las Vegas traditional artist Ofelia Perez, 81, is the recipient of the 2014 Nevada Heritage Award presented by Folklife Program of the Nevada Arts Council. She is recognized as the driving force behind Danza Del Carrizo, a Matachin dance group of more than 50 family members.