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Cooling Off Naturally: Kayaking
By far, my favorite way to cool off naturally in Nevada is kayaking. One might say choosing to kayak in a state with so much desert is an odd choice, but there may be more places to paddle than you realize in the Silver State, especially with all the precipitation we’ve had this past winter and spring. My husband and I even paddled the Black Rock Desert this past spring.
Living in Carson City, our obvious and most convenient choices are Washoe Lake (when it’s there) and Lake Tahoe. In 2014, we finished building 18-foot wooden boats in our garage, and the day after we finished them, they were tested on Tahoe.
Cooling Off Naturally: Waterfalls
Envisioning the country’s driest state with natural waterfalls is a weird and wonderful notion. The waterfalls of Nevada are a beautiful fortune awaiting the intrepid explorer and they steal the show in their unexpectedness.
My wife and I found 10 plunges that absolutely took our breath away. We measured these waterfalls not by volume, but by their unexpected nature—quite simply, their wow factor.
Dry state? Soak it in.
2017 Silver State Scavenger Hunt
Where else in the world can you traverse a forest comprised entirely of dilapidated and half-buried cars, photograph a plaster ghost riding a bicycle next to a giant metal penguin and miner, admire eloquent murals depicting Nevada history, and watch 30-foot flames shoot from the antennae of a giant metal praying mantis? Nevada, of course. And the 2017 Nevada Magazine Silver State Scavenger Hunt is the perfect way to do it.
Exhibition Melds Contemporary Art with Traditional Craft
Melissa Melero-Moose draws upon her roots growing up as a Paiute on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony for her work as a mixed-medium painter. But her work is not a relic of days past. While making a living as an artist can be difficult in any genre, Melissa says she—and other artists like her—found roadblocks particular to her style.
“There weren’t any venues in this area to show our work,” she says. “The opportunities never really came up.”
So, collaborating with local artist Ben Aleck, Pyramid Lake Paiute and previous director of the Pyramid Lake Museum, they created their own opportunities.
Historic Sentence Fits The Crime
If “Dubious Achievement Awards” were handed out in 19th-century Nevada, Elizabeth Potts would have won by acclamation. Her husband would have shared in the honors, though he likely would have passed on the distinction if offered a choice.
It was June 20, 1890, in Elko, a mining and ranching town in the northeast corner of Nevada. Josiah and Elizabeth Potts were hanged simultaneously, side-by-side, for the murder of Miles Faucett.
YESTERDAY: How the Girls Kiss
In the late 19th century, young couples in Nevada faced Victorian ground rules when it came to kissing. Some bussing customs relied more on superstition than romance. For example, a girl might be kissed if she heard a bird sing after dark, if she put on a man’s hat, or if coffee grounds formed a ring in the bottom of her cup.
On Sept. 7, 1883, the editor of the Elko Free Press may have contemplated such romantic notions when he presented observations, previously printed in Austin’s Reese River Reveille, about the kissing habits of young ladies in central and eastern Nevada.
A Blast at News Nob
“One day Fred said he had read that an atomic blast was scheduled for the Nevada Proving Ground, and VIPs, service brass, and news people could attend it. In two years of A-bomb testing there had been about 20 other aboveground blasts with minimal press coverage, but this detonation would receive major publicity . The test would take place on March 17, 1953.”
‘Tilting the Basin’
Thanks to the magic of seven colorful mountains, a partnership between northern and southern Nevada’s art communities has developed, resulting in another collaboration. This time, Reno’s Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) and The Art Museum at Symphony Park (AMSP) have created “Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada,” an exhibition of artists of more than 30 artists working in Nevada today. The show opens Friday, March 17 in Las Vegas and will remain on view through Sunday, May 14.
Stories of the Comstock: Virginia City Legends & Lore
In the 19th century, fights that pitted bears and bulls were a popular spectator sport. The strangest venue for such an event occurred in 1871 in Virginia City. The fight, held inside Piper’s Opera House, was the only such event ever held indoors.
Reno Santa Crawl
The Reno Santa Crawl is one of those special events that give Reno its character. Each year, thousands of Santas descend on the streets of downtown, spreading holiday cheer, raising money for charity, and taking advantage of some killer drink specials. This year’s event takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, and once again welcomes participants from near and far to get in on the action.
We compiled this list as a guide for first-timers and seasoned crawlers alike. There is absolutely a right and a wrong way to do the Santa Crawl. Use this guide and don’t end up as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Carson City Ghost Walk
At the 24th annual Carson City Ghost Walk, you can walk, but you can’t hide from the supernatural entertainment and historical folly. This is not your high school history class: Carson City’s rich and intriguing history will be fully explored and theatrically relived.
The Carson City Ghost Walk Tour is a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s rich Victorian Era history. Learn about lingering spirits of the nineteenth century, and hear haunted and paranormal stories. This year’s spirit-led, guided walking tour of the downtown district’s west side historic homes will be held Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
“We all have one thing in common, and that is our love of this state.” This element of the Nevada Backroads ethos is not easily misinterpreted. It’s pretty tough to misjudge such appreciation; such admiration. This love sparked from a couple friends sharing their back-road photos on Facebook and has transformed into a well-oiled community of dedicated Nevada lovers sharing information collected at nearly every corner of the state.
Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail
This summer, I’m checking off a significant entry from my bucket list: I’m hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). Although experiencing the entire 165-mile trail that circumscribes the mountainous perimeter of the Lake Tahoe Basin didn’t make Patricia Schultz’s popular book “1,000 Things to See Before You Die,” it’s been on my list for some time. I retired last December and knew the time had come for me to tackle the TRT. I look forward to joining a group of fellow hikers who have completed the entire trail—the 165 Mile Club.
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2016 Silver State Scavenger Hunt
On the heels of a successful inaugural run, the Nevada Magazine Silver State Scavenger Hunt is back! In 2015, participants traveled tens of thousands of miles, explored nearly every nook and cranny in the state, and truly earned the title of Nevada explorer. This year’s hunt promises to be bigger, better, and with more excellent prizes.
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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
On the outskirts of Las Vegas, there lies a place of escape, culture, and Nevada history like no other. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a 520-acre oasis with a working ranch and retreat. Originally built in 1876 by Sargent James Wilson and George Anderson, the ranch and lands have seen many owners—from the rich and famous to furriers and land developers—before being taken over by the Nevada Division of State Parks in 1974. Today the park still offers lush, unparalleled scenery along with fascinating history and special events.
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Lake Tahoe’s Sunken Treasure: The SS Tahoe
It took only 50 years for the Lake Tahoe Basin to transform from an untouched oasis into a bustling asset of the logging industry. When John Fremont first set eyes on the breathtaking views Lake Tahoe had to offer, there was nothing but beauty and silence. As the land developed into a major resource of both logging, as well as tourism, there were many vessels to grace its clear blue waters—the most famous of which now rests approximately 400 feet under the lake’s surface: the SS Tahoe.
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Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs
Bathtubs are overrated. Bubbles, smelly soaps, and candles are nice for some people, but here in Nevada we like our baths all-natural. We like feeling silt between our toes; gazing upon snow-kissed peaks as our bodies are heated.
Google Trekker Comes to Nevada
TravelNevada Content Manager Sydney Martinez took a break from trekking across Nevada’s backcountry to talk with us about her time spent with the Google Trekker. Unlike the Google Street View car that’s used for GoogleMaps.com, this thing is built to be worn as a backpack. All in all, the Google Trekker pack weighs 42 pounds when it’s locked and loaded with memory, batteries and bluetooth.
The Legend of the Traveling Troubadour
Part entertainer, part weatherman, part welcoming committee, and part local rock-n-roll superstar, Chris Kay can often be seen serenading the streets of downtown Carson City. Some passersby may not know his name, but to many, he is known as The Traveling Troubadour.
Murals Make Nevada Buildings Come Alive
As a town ages, its buildings take on the patina of the years; fading bricks and paint take the place of bold, new structures, and the impact on a neighborhood can be sad. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Murals can tell a story of gentrification, of artistic longing, or the history of an area. Whatever the tale, Nevada’s murals—including Reno’s Midtown Murals—are a beautiful reminder of the Silver State’s colorful nature.
The Dann Sisters: Searching for Reciprocity for the Western Shoshone
The Shoshone believe in reciprocity: what is taken from the Earth must be replaced. For the Dann family, nothing can replace their horses and cattle rounded up on three separate occasions by the Bureau of Land Management for non-payment of grazing fees, nor for the 50 years that Carrie and her sister, Mary, devoted to advocating for the return of ancestral lands and Shoshone sovereignty.
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:
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.