Living like a cowboy in Northern Nevada's high desert at the Crossroads of the West
Winnemucca, the "Crossroads of the West," is located at the intersection of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 95 and is the halfway point between Salt Lake City and San Francisco.
The city's historic downtown area is interspersed with delightful boutiques, restaurants, pubs and the hometown businesses that serve the community of around 8,000.
Winnemucca is a great jumping-off point for many types of outdoor recreation. Nearby are fabulous hiking, hunting and biking trails, as well as miles of ATV and off-road adventure trails. In town, there are five major casinos with gaming tables and slot machines and plenty of other opportunities for fun.
A Word About Climate
Winnemucca's climate is semi-arid, averaging just 8 inches of rain annually. Summer days are hot, but the temperature drops significantly at night. Winters are cold and somewhat snowy, with 22.7 inches falling during a typical year. Freezing temperatures have been observed in every month of the year.
Busy Events Calendar
The town's annual event calendar is jammed-packed with fun and excitement for all ages and interests. The Run-A-Mucca motorcycle rally vibrates the streets of Winnemucca with over 800 motorcycle enthusiasts during Memorial Day Weekend. Summer events include the Winnemucca Mule Show and Draft Horse Challenge.
The Patch Rye Reservoir 50 miles southwest of Winnemucca is popular for boating, fishing and camping.
Humboldt County has hundreds of miles of back roads suited for motorcycle and ATV riding. Winnemucca is known as the "Chukar Capital of the Country." Hunting season for the chukar partridge begins the first Saturday in October and runs through Jan. 31.
The Basque culture is very prominent in Winnemucca, thanks to immigrants from Europe drawn here by the 1850s Gold Rush. The annual Basque Festival in June hosts a variety of traditional Basque games.
Buckaroo Hall of Fame
The Old West still lives in the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in Winnemucca. The facility offers original history behind the Buckaroo and Vaquero lifestyles and traditions of the Great Basin of Nevada, Oregon and Idaho where they call themselves Buckaroos, not cowboys.
The hall features artwork, photos and memorabilia, such as saddles, guns, braided riatas (hand-woven lariats), brands and other working gear used by Buckaroos. It is to preserve that vanishing history that the Buckaroo Hall of Fame was incorporated in 1989.
For More Information:
Winnemucca Convention and Visitors Authority