Welcome to Nevada
Much of Nevada appears as it did when the pioneers traveled west more than a century ago. The Silver State offers the RVer a variety of experiences and activities in each of its territories.
Feeling adventurous? A great place to start is the Nevada Silver Trails region in central Nevada. The pioneers who settled in Nevada made their fortunes in gold and silver. Ghost towns dotting the landscape are testaments to their fleeting wealth.
Caliente, named for the bubbling hot springs nearby, is surrounded by 14 wilderness areas.
Farther north, one of the deadliest towns in the Old West, Pioche is a picturesque community with a saloon and wide-open terrain for hiking and ATVing.
For an “out of this world” experience, travel Route 375, also known as the “Extraterrestrial Highway.” This route skirts the famous and enigmatic Area 51. Travelers tell stories of UFOs and strange happenings in the desert. The hub of all things extraterrestrial is in Rachel, a small town with one restaurant, 98 residents, and an unknown number of aliens.
A short drive from Las Vegas, Pahrump offers casinos, resorts, RV parks and a fabulous winery.
Las Vegas Territory
Las Vegas can be summarized as a fantasyland, as much a mirage as reality in the overheated desert. The main drag on Las Vegas Boulevard is known as The Strip. Its glitzy casinos offer some of the hottest names in show business. Entertainment options go well beyond the tables and slot machines. Numerous casinos are imitations of such places as Venice and ancient Egypt and display million-dollar works of art.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park offer spectacular rock formations and miles of trails to explore.
Built in 1936, Hoover Dam is the third-highest dam in the world and supplies power to more than 20 million people. Drive the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Colorado River Bridge) that spans the Black Canyon about 1,500 feet south of the Hoover Dam and marvel at man’s creation.
Laughlin is the Las Vegas of the RV crowd. Situated on the banks of the Colorado River, the city offers visitors a mind-boggling array of water sports. Boat, ski and personal watercraft trips, kayak tours, scenic river cruises, scuba dives and guided fishing excursions are all available locally.
Nevada’s southernmost city is home to motorcycle rallies, the Laughlin River Run, and offers gaming and entertainment at a laid-back pace.