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For those passionate for parks, wilderness, indigenous culture, responsible travel and great fun: Nevada (pronounced [ne- vae-da], with a short "a" as in apple.)

Nevada is a state of bold contrasts: rural landscapes and big cities, extravagant gaming and a movement toward farmers' markets, renewable energy and a green building code of ethos.

It's time to connect Las Vegas, one of the world's most storied cities to rural Nevada. Who are the tour companies? Who rents cars? How does public transportation work? For those with cars and smartphone maps, it's relatively easy to get from place A to place B. The downside is missing human interaction. We don't stop for directions. My wish: some sort of tipsheet for visitors - local, national and international of leaving Las Vegas to experience a daytrip that's a pleasure.

It's time to celebrate Indigenous cultures, the cornerstone of human habitation in the Mojave Desert. Which are Indigenous-owned businesses open to visitors? Who are the Indigenous artisans? How do visitors connect?

Spotlight: Pahrump


January 26-28

Last Friday in October Nevada Day

November Native American Day (Lost City Museum, Overton)


Las Vegas

Nevada caves illuminate past climate, future challenges in the Southwest - @MatthewLachniet @danielrothberg
Tourism official: Nevada has lots of merit beyond the Strip - @BDrysdale
Disappearing Wheeler Peak Glacier is a barometer for climate change - @LasVegasSun
Protecting Nevada’s past — and future - @basin_and_range @ProtectNevada @OutsideLasVegas - @NvDOW
Quest for Quiet @RefriedBrean
Nevada parks look at visitor centers, passport system for funding - @RickVelotta @reviewjournal
New appreciation for central Nevada wilderness
10 places in Nevada you have to visit
Renewable energy is right for Nevada,12868/
Many Nevada species in danger of going extinct
Sierra Nevada 200-Year Megadroughts Confirmed
Idaho, Nevada tribes take flight to protect sites
Nevada virtually updates historical markers - LVRJ
Gov. Brian Sandoval to take roadtrip to promote Nevada tourism to Nevadans
Rural Tourism Volunteers Awarded for Excellence (2008)
Sandoval Appoints New Director of Tourism and Cultural Affairs
Rural Tourism Volunteers Awarded for Excellence (2008)
Sandoval Appoints New Director of Tourism and Cultural Affairs

How to pronounce Nevada
Trump explains how to pronounce 'Nevada,' Nevadans correct him - @OfficialJLD

Spotlight: Pahrump

'Pah' is a common suffix or prefix in the Shoshone language, meaning 'water.' Roughly translated, Pahrump = water rock @visitpahrump
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      Wild Wednesdays

      Wild Wednesdays @friendsofnvwild


      Las Vegas Sun


      Desert Bighorn Sheep

      Other Wikis

      Spotlight on Nevada Grown - @nevadagrown - Facebook

      Indigenous Cultures - - - -
      Cultural Guardians - Nevada Magazine
      Yerington Paiute Tribe
      August 15, 2009 - Native Nevada
      Nevada Indian Commission
      Inter Tribal Council of Nevada - - - -
      Northern Paiute -
      Facts on Famous Indians of Nevada - Nevada Culture

      June Carson City, Stewart Father's Day Powwow

      Moapa Paiutes

      'Pah' is a common suffix or prefix in the Shoshone language, meaning 'water.' Roughly, Pahrump = water rock and Tonopah = antelope water.

      Duck Valley Indian Reservation,_Nevada

      Nevada Rock Art Foundation

      Nevada Wilderness Project

      Sierra Club - Southern Nevada Group

      Save Nevada Tourism - A group of concerned citizens that support the tourism efforts of the State of Nevada. All work in this effort is donated and we are not associated with the Nevada Commission on Tourism or any other State or local organization. The Rural Grant Program, already cut this year in Nevada, would likely face long-term elimination under a general fund scenario.


      How 'Home Means Nevada' came to be written

      Natural World

      see: nevadawild

      Spotlight on Bikes and Cycling

      See #NVBikePed


      Nevada became part of the United States with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Mexico in 1848. Nevada was organized into a territory in 1861 and then became a state in 1864. The state's motto is Battle Born because Nevada became a state during the Civil War. - @HistoryNevada

      National Register of Historic Places listings in Nevada,_Nevada

      July/August 2011
      Nevada Magazine

      Nevada Magazine - Facebook - @Nevada_Magazine - Flickr - Google+
      Nevada Magazine reinvents for new era, budget cuts



      Also see: parks, wildnevada
      great basin

      Death Valley National Park -
      Death Valley
      The highest mountain in Death Valley National Park is 11,049 foot Telescope Peak.
      Death Valley National Park
      Death Valley

      Lake Mead National Recreation Area
      Great Basin National Park

      View Nevada State Parks in a larger map



      Area 51

      Bighorn Sheep
      Desert Bighorn Sheep

      Austin -


      Battle Mountain,_Nevada



      Manhattan’s closer than you think. From Tonopah, take Highway 6 east, then turn north on State Route 376. Drive about 60 miles, then hang a right on State Route 377. Another dozen miles will put you right on Main Street. In Manhattan, you can sample the life of the old-time prospectors who founded the town in 1850. -

      Black Rock Desert


      Labyrinth, Boulder City 05.2015

      Boulder City

      Solar projects take home of Hoover Dam back to future - -,_Nevada -@RailroadPass -@BoulderCityBeat

      Bunkerville,_Nevada -



      Carson City
      Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau
      Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center,_Nevada
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      @carsonvalleynv - -

      The distance between Carson City and Las Vegas is 326 miles or 525 kilometers

      Carson Valley


      Desert National Wildlife Refuge

      The Desert National Wildlife Refuge was established May 20, 1936, and encompasses 1.5 million acres of the diverse Mojave Desert in southern Nevada. It is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower 48 states. Refuge staff work at the Corn Creek Field Station, located approximately 23 miles north of Las Vegas. This is the major access point to the range and can be reached by traveling north on U.S. Highway 95. -

      Douglas County


      Elko - @Westernfolklife - facebook
      The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the BLM, is located eight miles west of town at Hunter Exit 292.
      Foursquare - @elkodaily
      Elko home on the range for cowboy poets

      gateway to Great Basin National Park
      The East Ely Railroad Depot Museum focuses on the historical industrial development of Nevada as evidenced by the massive copper production in the area which began in 1900. Located in the historic Nevada Northern Railroad Depot building, the museum interprets mining and transportation heritage.
      The museum is Nevada’s newest National Historic Landmark. This fifty-six acre complex consists of over 70 buildings and structures, operating steam locomotives, over 60 pieces of antique railroad equipment, thirty miles of track along with the corporate paper record of the railroad.

      Small town's heart found in a desert cafe


      Fallon is located in the Lahontan Valley, about 60 miles east of Reno, and near the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge, part of the Pacific Flyway and home to hundreds of species of migratory birds. Because of the valley’s high volume of water, the area is often called the “Oasis of Nevada,” and outdoor recreation is abundant in this lush playground.,_Nevada

      Nearby: Hidden Cave
      Hidden Cave

      Nearby: Grimes Point Archaeological Area


      City of Fernley - @cityoffernley,_Nevada




      Goldfield,_Nevada - Wikipedia


      Hawthorne - Wikipedia


      Incline Village - @eLearningCafeIV

      Indian Springs,_Nevada




      Laughlin holds the honor of housing the lowest geographical spot in Nevada. - @AviResortCasino

      Big Bend State Park

      Lincoln County


      Little Finland


      Logandale - Wikipedia
      Pomegranate Festival


      80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas
      also see: gold butte
      @GoMesquiteNV -

      Gold Butte

      gold butte


      Moapa Valley

      - includes the towns of Overton, Logandale, Glendale and Moapa; Valley of Fire,_Nevada
      Moapa Valley Revitalization Project - Facebook - The tribe’s primary business enterprise centers on the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza, which includes a casino, convenience store, cafe, gas station, and firework store with the largest and most comprehensive selection of fireworks in the West.



      Nixon - Wikipedia

      Quail Hollow Farm CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
      Lost City Museum

      Lost City Museum is located at 721 South Moapa Valley Boulevard, 702-397-2193


      Panaca was the first permanent settlement in southeastern Nevada,_Nevada (PDF)



      Pyramid Lake

      Just north of Reno, Nevada sits a desert lake. Named for tufa formations, Pyramid Lake is the remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan that formed in the last Ice Age. At that time Lake Lahontan was an inland sea that covered most of the state of Nevada. Today, Pyramid Lake is part of the National Scenic Byways Program and the only byway in the country located entirely within a tribal reservation.

      In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama designated Pyramid Lake as Nevada's first Preserve America Tribal Community

      The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribes' Reservation is located thirty five miles northeast of Reno, Nevada in a remote desert area located in the counties of Washoe, Lyon, and Storey. The area of the reservation contains 475,000 acres or 742.2 square miles. Out of this acreage approximately 112,000 acres cover the surface of a terminal desert lake, Pyramid Lake. Pyramid Lake is one of the most valuable assets of the Tribe and is entirely enclosed within the boundaries of the Reservation. Pyramid Lake is approximately 15 miles long and 11 miles wide. At its deepest point Pyramid Lake measures 350 feet.



      Lake Tahoe

      lake tahoe

      Lagomarsino Canyon



      Rhyolite - @goldwellmuseum - - -,_Nevada

      Ruby Mountains



      Located in Northern Nevada and neighbors Reno. Proximity to abundant recreation and Lake Tahoe. -


      The green-energy based visitors center is located in Tonopah. Located halfway between Las Vegas and Reno on U.S. 95, the center is built of recycled materials and runs entirely on power created by solar panels and a wind generator. Inside the center, visitors learn about renewable energy through detailed displays while also watching it in action. The Tonopah Historic Mining Park on the hillside above the town, offers a chance to explore the actual mines that created this mining juggernaut. Tonopah's Central Nevada Museum contains displays describing not only local mining history but also other cultural and social aspects of the region. Tonopah's night skies are considered among the best in the country for stargazing.
      Tonopah Astronomical Society (TAS) -

      Nevada Silver Trails

      Truckee Meadows

      Lincoln County


      Tule Springs
      Upper Las Vegas Wash

      Virginia City

      original mining town - @VirginiaCity

      Washoe County - @washoecounty,_Nevada


      West Wendover

      Winnemucca resides in Humboldt County and is the halfway point between Salt Lake City and San Francisco along Interstate 80 in Cowboy Country. The town has a rich Basque heritage. The town has been occupied since about 1830 when trappers came to the area in search of fur-bearing animals. In 1863 the town was named after Paiute Chief Winnemucca.

      Winnemucca is the only town in #Nevada named after a Native American

      Buckaroo Hall of Fame and Heritage Museum
      Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada


      Yerington Paiute Tribe

      Yucca Mountain

      Nevada Energy - @NVSOE

      Nevada currently has five wind farms in various stages of development, with the potential of production just under 1,000 megawatts, or enough to power about 200,000 homes. Learn more about wind energy here: - - @cleanenergyNV

      Digital Citizenship - @connectnevada
      Connect Nevada is a partnership with the NV Broadband Task Force & @ConnectedNation to spread the benefits of universal broadband across the state.
      Connect Nevada Summit page
      Summit section of the Connect Nevada website

      Transparent Nevada


      Tourism and Travel Organizations
      Outside Las Vegas

      Casinos and Gaming

      Gaming Control Board
      2012 Nevada Gaming Abstract Press Release (PDF)
      Nevada Gaming Abstract 2012 (PDF)

      Solar Energy

      Rural Communities
      Austin NevadaBattle Mountain NevadaLovelock NevadaNevada Indian TerritoryNevada Silver TrailsPony Express TerritoryStewart Indian SchoolTonopah, NevadaVirginia City Convention and Tourism Authority

      Chambers of Commerce and Visitors Bureaus
      Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau
      Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
      Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
      Pahranagat Valley Chamber of Commerce
      Pioche Chamber of Commerce
      North Lake Tahoe Visitors' Bureaus
      Virginia City Convention and Tourism Authority


      Nevada Government
      Nevada Division of Environmental Protection - @NevadaDMV
      Bureau of Land Management: Nevada

      Voter Registration
      Only Nevada residents who are attempting to register on their own behalf may use this system. Any unlawful access to this system, including automated attempts to register voters will be prosecuted.

      E-Waste, Managing Your Electronic Waste






      Federal legislation enacted in 1986 created the Great Basin National Park, the first national park in the state, which includes the area around Wheeler Peak and Lehman Caves in eastern Nevada. A small part of Death Valley National Park is located along Nevada's western boundary with California.

      Nevada Parks
      Nevada Conservation and Natural Resources
      Forestry, Nevada Department of
      Parks, Nevada Department of
      Wildlife, Nevada Department of





      Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza Fireworks and Smoke Shop
      Valley of Fire State Park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. Civilian Conservation Corps workers helped to make the new park accessible to visitors through the construction of roads and rest areas. The valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyph. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. Several group use areas are also available. The park is open all year.
      Valley of Fire - Flickr Groups
      Valley of Fire - Flickr
      Valley of Fire - Wikipedia
      Take along your camera when visiting Valley of Fire

      Great Basin National Park - Federal legislation enacted in 1986 created the Great Basin National Park, the first national park in the state, which includes the area around Wheeler Peak and Lehman Caves in eastern Nevada. A small part of Death Valley National Park is located along Nevada's western boundary with California. In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

      Spring Valley State Park
      Backyard jaunt: Gone fishing and hiking and camping

      Ward Charcoal Ovens

      Environmental Groups - @friendsofnvwild

      State Trees

      The Single-Leaf Pinon (Pinus monophylla) is an aromatic pine tree with short, stiff needles and gnarled branches. The tree grows in coarse, rocky soils and rock crevices. Though its normal height is about 15 feet, the single-leaf pinon can grow as high as 50 feet under ideal conditions.

      The Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata) shares the state tree designation. The bristlecone pine is the oldest living thing on Earth, with some specimens in Nevada more than 4,000 years of age. The tree can be found at high elevations. Normal height for older trees is about 15 to 30 feet, although some have attained a height of 60 feet. Diameter growth continues throughout the long life of the tree, resulting in massive trunks with a few contorted limbs.


      White Mountains are home to Nevada's tallest peak, Boundary Peak

      Monitor Range

      Wallace Canyon

      Nevada Museums Association
      Preserve Nevada
      Nevada Division of State Parks


      Nevada Museums

      Nevada Museum

      4 of 7 Nevada state museums targeted for closure (Dec 2010)

      Friends of Nevada State Railroad Museum petition:

      Online Nevada Encyclopedia is a multimedia resource produced by Nevada Humanities that incorporates articles, images, and interactive media to explore the landscape, people, and events that have shaped the Silver State’s politics, economy and culture.

      Recent Events
      February Nevada Tourism Day

      January National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko

      March World Atlatl Contest at Valley of Fire State Park - @NevStateParks
      2012 blog

      May 2013 Nevada Travel Hangout

      In May 2013 we conducted a livestreaming hangout with Nevada travel experts Bethany Drysdale and Eileen Carter to learn about the new Nevada tourism campaign and recent events. The state has eye-candy galore and Nevadans love to tell good stories. ‘A world within, a state apart’ is the new tagline. What do you think? Also, a correction. When I mentioned ‘Red Rock’ I meant ‘Valley of Fire.’ My bad.

      April 17-19 Rural Roundup, Pahrump #ruralroundup

      April 23-25 Building Sustainability through Tourism, 5th Annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference, Fallon

      Politics: Brian Sandoval
      Briian Sandoval on Facebook



      Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada

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      Only two Nevada towns that prohibit gambling: Boulder City and Panaca

      Cave Rock

      Highway 50

      Wild Horses

      Wheeler Peak

      The story of a long-lived and rich civilization buried beneath the Mojave Desert sand is unearthed in meticulous detail at the Lost City Museum. The artifacts within tell the narrative of people who traveled through and lived in southern Nevada for centuries.

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      The annual Pahrump Social Powwow includes formal ceremonies, special performances, and dance competitions. The three-day gathering draws Native American dancers, drummers, musicians, artists, and craftsmen from tribal groups all over the West.

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      Encompassing 125,000 acres, Pyramid Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in the state and is the biggest remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan. The Pyramid’s significant role in the history of the Paiute Indian tribe also adds to its mystique.

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      The Stewart Father's Day Pow Wow is an annual powwow that draws a number of quality American Indian arts and crafts vendors, and is also a time for alumni, former employees, and their families and friends to gather at the former campus.

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      The Stewart Indian School campus served as an off-reservation boarding school from 1890 through 1980. This icon of Western American Indian education is open for self-guided audio tours.

      Citizen Project

      Nevada Test Site

      Fun Facts

      Nevada is bordered to the east by Utah, to the southeast by Arizona, to the west by California, to the northwest by Oregon and to the northeast by Idaho.

      Designated the official state bird of Nevada in 1967, the mountain bluebird lives in Nevada’s high country. You may spot them flitting between perches in mountain meadows, or where prairies meet forests.



      Famous Monikers and Slogans

      State Motto: "All For Our Country"
      The "Leave-It State"
      "Anything Goes"
      from the 1961 movie "The Misfits," written by Arthur Miller.leave it state pin.jpg

      Spotlight on the Sage Grouse

      Spotlight on Ghost Towns

      Buzzword Bingo

      Atlatl - Battle Born - Bighorn Sheep - Bristlecone - Burning Man - Casino - Gambling - Gaming - Ghost Town - Mining - Nevada - Nevada Day - Pow Wow - Sagebrush - Sage Grouse - Sesquicentennial - Silver - Spring Mountains - Wild Horses

      Recommended Listening

      Nevada Variations - an audio portrait of Nevada over the course of 17 months. Each month we explore the history, literature, arts and current events of each county in Nevada.



      Nevada Flipboard

      View my Flipboard Magazine.

      Palomino Valley

      There are many reasons to love Nevada, probably as many as there are Nevadans who make us love Nevada. It's a virtuous circle, a veritable nice-off in a state that is the manifests human kindness. Not all of the time, not everywhere. But there's something truly generous in this corner of the world.

      Artwork / Cue Yourself
      Nevada #Flipboard 08.2014

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