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Burning Man: Embrace the Ethos
They were the first words I remember hearing as I was received with open arms at the greeter station to participate in my first Burning Man. I was a Burning Man virgin in 2011 with no true concept of the weight of the words that welcomed me. I had walked through the gates of the unknown and unfamiliar, and spent the first several days trying to understand what I was witnessing.
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While a desert state might not be the first place you’d think of when you go looking for flowers, Nevada is home to more than 100 types of wildflowers according to uswildflowers.com. While it’s an unofficial count, it doesn’t take more than a walk around the state during our spring and early summer months to know it can’t be far off.
Splitting Atoms: Nevada’s Atomic History
Nevada’s nuclear history is remarkable. It is sensational to some, and sinister to others. The truth is, there is so much we have learned—and continue to learn—from this technology. Given that most people have never had the fortune or misfortune of witnessing an atomic blast firsthand, Fred Greulich, a man who has, explained it best. “All of the blasts are frightfully terrible yet unbelievably magnificent; they are hellish but beautiful; horrible yet spectacular. The whole range of human emotion is brought into play upon observing such a detonation.”
Outdoor Recreation for All
After doing some research, I discovered that accommodations had been made to several Nevada destinations so that people with disabilities could share in our state’s natural wonders. Innovative thinkers over the years have applied what they’ve learned from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), designing wider, flatter trails to be accessible by all. There are more benches and rest areas along trails, surface dirt that’s packed and graded for better traction, pavement, and even raised boardwalks. These accommodations, remarkably, do not impede or take away from the natural environment. But they do make it easier for people like me to experience the outdoors.
Stewart Indian School
While he ended up playing baseball and joining the boxing team—not to mention meeting his first wife, Lula, at Stewart—Buck acknowledges it took him some time to adjust to life at the boarding school.
Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge: A View from the Top
Nevadans can be proud of our unbelievable access to wide-open spaces, expansive views, and plenty of room to roam. From the rugged mountains of central Nevada to the colorful rock arrangements in the south, to call these places the “great outdoors” is an understatement. One such place is the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, located more than 300 miles from Reno and tucked in Nevada’s northwest corner.
Defined by its remoteness, visiting the Sheldon takes some careful planning and effort, a 4WD vehicle, and maybe a flat tire or two. However, those who put in the effort are rewarded with an incredible experience in the heart of wild Nevada.
Action Heroes Needed
Las Vegas built its reputation as the place to fulfill fantasies. Ever since Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo, the city has promised to transport us to somewhere else and maybe even transform us into someone else. In the past, most of those promises revolved around luxury, fine dining, and a chance to earn fabulous wealth. Now, live adventures are popping up all along The Strip to help visitors scratch a different sort of itch.
Stars Under the Desert Sky
The electric sky returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the Electric Daisy Carnival celebrates its 20th year June 17-19.
“Seeing the growth of EDC over the last 20 years has been an amazing experience, one I am truly grateful for,” says Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac. “To commemorate two decades of incredible memories, I want to give dance music fans the journey of a lifetime.”
Motorcycle Madness in the Silver State
Having gone through, in, up, over and around the Nevada backcountry ripping up just about every corner of the state on four wheels, I had decided that was just about enough. It was time to switch things up and check out the great state of Nevada, this time on two wheels and with the help of the man who taught me the art of traveling right. That, and 70 horsepower of some rumbling, chromed out, sexy Americana rumbling beneath us would be our chariot for the week.
One of the definitions of gateway is a means of access or entry to a place. A way to pass from one area into another, basically, and while the town of Beatty has rightfully positioned itself as “The Gateway to Death Valley” I prefer to think of Beatty as a gateway to an unexpected adventure in its own right.
While it is true that any visit to Death Valley should begin in Beatty, what is equally true is that it should include at least one night in this most rustic Nevada town. Unfettered by false glamour and pretense, Beatty is a destination for anyone looking to peer deep into the soul of small town Nevada: what you find might not always dazzle but it will always leave you feeling enriched. And who knows? You might even discover a thing or two when you stop and look around.
The Loneliest Road in America Comes of Age
It was 30 years ago, in July 1986, that Life magazine used the term “The Loneliest Road in America” to describe the stretch of U.S. Route 50—more commonly known as Highway 50—from Fernley to Ely across central Nevada. AAA even advised against traveling the highway, claiming there was nothing to see. For those who were crazy enough to travel that lonely road anyway, they were advised to carry survival gear such as water and cold-weather clothes.
Suds, booze, brew, hooch, firewater…the list goes on. Many Nevadans love their alcoholic beverages. And though the days of running illegal moonshine across the Colorado River to buyers in Arizona are long gone (we think), there are other ways the Silver State imbibes. Breweries and distilleries have become an important part of the culture in many towns across the state—both rural and urban—each with its own atmosphere and flavors. Buy your booze from an in-state manufacturer, and decide for yourself which one best satiates your thirst.
On Sept. 30, 1935, Hoover Dam was officially dedicated. For eight decades, this bastion of American ingenuity has stood sentinel over the Colorado River, keeping its waters consistent, calm, and constructive. Its story has been told time and again; its facts revealed, its impact explained, and its legend recounted. But we can never get enough, as evidenced by the approximately 1 million people who tour the dam each year. There are many moving parts to the story of Hoover Dam; here are but a few.
The Ride Stuff
Mountain biking was once the domain of young thrill seekers; today, everyone has a fat-tire bike. From retirees to teens, the desire to get off the asphalt and see more of the land has spurred the creation of myriad trails and an impressive stewardship toward our public lands. According to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), eight western states—including Nevada—receive $6.2 billion in economic benefits from cycling annually.
There is a Cure for the Summertime Blues
Summer vacation. Are there two words that bring more joy to a child, or more fear to a parent? Planning a trip to satisfy your brood can be downright daunting, but we’re here to help. We’ve chosen three destinations across the state, and we’ve chosen great things to do and see in each area. From food to activities, shopping to adventure, we’ve got you covered. Just pick your destination, pack up the family, and hit the road.
Then and Now: Through the Lens
Take a second to look out the closest window to you. What do you see? Swaying trees? A busy street? A sagebrush scene? There’s a chance that whatever you’re seeing out that window looks much different than it did 80, 100, or even 150 years ago. But, like many meticulously preserved aspects of the Silver State, there’s a chance it may not look too different. Just take a look at the photo of the 1897 Nevada Legislature and staff on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol above; more than 100 years and not much—other than the people—has changed.
Front and Center
A hearty dose of Central Nevada is good for the soul. For our latest adventure, Associate Editor Eric Cachinero and I chose another ambitious trip. Last September, we wrote about our trip to Nevada’s remote northwest corner, so this time we decide to venture inward and drive 1,200 miles around the state’s south central portion, with the optimistically named Extraterrestrial Highway as our center point.
Whitney Peak Hotel
Smoke-filled casino floors; been there. The familiar chiming of slot machines; done that. Downtown Reno is ready for new life. The Biggest Little City needs a breath of fresh air, and Whitney Peak Hotel is answering that call. As Reno’s only luxury, boutique, non-smoking, non-gaming hotel, Whitney Peak caters to those with active lifestyles searching for exceptional food, fun, and fervor.
One of the most magnificent features of Nevada is our great outdoors. Whether you’re reeling in a rainbow trout as the sun fades behind the majestic Lamoille Canyon walls or conquering the frost-tipped Arc Dome peak, Nevada is brimming with wilderness that is waiting to be explored.
Icons of Nevada
From the bighorn sheep to downtown Reno’s famous “The Biggest Little City in the World” signs, these symbols have become synonymous with the Silver State.
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From Dust to Doré
The thunderous crack of massive colliding stones fills my ears as I stand on the observation platform of Coeur Rochester, Inc.’s rock crusher. Awestruck by the colossal machinery surrounding me, I am overcome by the illusion that the advancing conveyor belt wielding a blend of loose soil and half-ton boulders is ready to crush me where I stand.