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Description

Nevada means "snowcapped" in Spanish. Thanks to its unique geographic history, Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state in the nation. Nevada has 26 mountain ranges with peaks over 10,000 feet, the highest peak is Boundary Peak (13,140 feet) located in Esmeralda County. Nevada geography consists of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert. The Great Basin encompasses 75 percent of the land in the northern portion of the state. It was named the Great Basin in the mid-nineteenth century because of it's size and the absence of water leaving the area.

Although famed for its deserts and hot dry desert, the Humboldt - Toiyabe National Forest, the largest national Forest outside the State of Alaska, sprawls from eastern California and western Nevada to the northeastern boundary of the state and on down to southern Nevada and takes in the higher elevations of some of Nevada's most spectacular mountain ranges.

In addition, the Humboldt - Toiyabe National Forest contains some of the most unique biological diversity in the nation. Many endemic plant and animal species (that is species found nowhere else in the world) are located here.

Great variations in climate, geology and topography, plants and wildlife, scenery and recreation blend together to provide nature lovers and outdoor recreationists a treasure trove of adventure and discovery.

Attractions

Nevada geography consists of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert. The Great Basin encompasses 75 percent of the land in the northern portion of the state. It was named the Great Basin in the mid-nineteenth century because of it's size and the absence of water leaving the area.

The basin lies at an elevation of 4,000 feet and contains mountains that reach heights of 10,000 feet. Sage thrives throughout the region as does pinyon pine, juniper, aspen, fir and spruce (at higher elevations). Great Basin National Park lies within this region, near the eastern border. The site highlights limestone caves and provides numerous recreation facilities. Also within this basin are Toiyabe and Humboldt National Forests.

The Mojave Desert claims the southern quarter of the state. It lies at a lower elevation and contains the majority of Nevada's population. The Mojave's most prominent plant life is the creosote bush. Yucca and Joshua trees also complete the landscape. Las Vegas and Lake Mead lie within the Mojave Desert as well as a small portion of the Toiyabe National Forest.

Recreation

With the geographic and climatic variety in Nevada, from high alpine peaks and forests to low deserts and massive reservoirs, there are numerous and varied recreation opportunities in this state. Water-related activities are very popular year-round in the hot, desert portions of the state. Lake Mead National Recreation Area attracts more visitors than any other site. The low deserts of southern Nevada also offer excellent winter hiking, camping and sightseeing. The Reno-Tahoe Region as well as the other mountainous portions of the state offer excellent winter recreation opportunities in addition to fantastic summer hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing and more. Find a good vacation rental by owner and you are set to go!

Climate

Nevada is characterized by the high desert Great Basin in the northern portion of the state, the low desert in the southern portion of the state and mountain ranges which bisect these desert areas. These elevational differences can create wide ranging climatic differences. In the low deserts of southern Nevada, including the area around Las Vegas, temperatures during the summer months often reach 115 degrees F. Winters are mild with cool nights. Winter, spring and fall are a pleasant time to visit this region.

Because the Great Basin lies at a higher elevation, the area receives cold winter weather with snow that can remain for months. Seven inches of rain falls in the region annually, although run off from the surrounding mountains contributes to the water availability. The mountains receive significantly colder temperatures and precipitation year round. They can be great areas for winter recreation or an escape from the summer heat of the lower elevations.

Location

Nevada is located in the western United States, between California and Utah. We have divided Nevada into five travel regions.

Lake Tahoe Region

Description - Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe's beautiful, sapphire-blue waters straddle the California-Nevada state line. The lake's elevation averages 6,225 ft, and surrounding peaks reach heights of up to 10,880 ft. Millions of people come to the Lake Tahoe Region every year to ski and snowboard at its world class ski resorts. Lots or rentals by owner in the Las Vegas area!

Attractions - The Lake Tahoe region offers more places to ski and snowboard than any other destination in North America. The numerous ski resorts are complemented by an abundance of lodging and entertainment options. The resorts around Lake Tahoe range from large, world famous, destinations to small, affordable, family and local oriented resorts.

Recreation - The Lake Tahoe Region Ski Resorts offer outstanding opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Many of the resorts also offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and other snow sports.

Climate - Changeable weather conditions are common in the Lake Tahoe Basin throughout the year. Winter storms may occur from September through June, with heavy snow accumulations likely. Many of the ski resorts expect an average of over 450 inches of snow annually and can stay open until June. Sunny, summer skies may cloud over quickly with thundershowers, catching some people by surprise. Weather may also vary or change rapidly from lake-level (6,225 ft) to mountain peaks (10,880 ft).

Location - The Lake Tahoe Region surrounds beautiful Lake Tahoe and straddles the California-Nevada border between Sacramento, California and Reno, Nevada. Most of the resorts are accessed by Interstate 80 or US Highway 50.

Bureau of Land Management Lands

Battle Mountain BLM Field Office- Battle Mountain Region encompasses 10.5 million acres of public lands in Esmeralda, Nye, Lander, and Eureka counties. A wide variety of recreation opportunities ranging from primitive to rural settings can be enjoyed on these public lands.

Carson City BLM Field Office- The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest extends along the eastern front of the the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the Nevada/California border in a strip about 15 miles wide and 96 miles long.

Elko BLM Field Office- This northeastern Nevada Region encompasses 7.4 million acres of public lands in Elko County and the northern portions of Lander and Eureka counties. A wide variety of recreation opportunities can be found on these lands.

Ely BLM Field Office- This scenic central eastern Nevada Region offers visitors to the area many differing recreational opportunities. These include fishing, gem collecting, bathing in mineral pools, viewing the wildlife amongst other activities.

Las Vegas BLM Field Office- The Las Vegas BLM Field Office administers a large portion of the Mojave Desert in southern Nevada. It includes the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. These areas are not far from Las Vegas and offer scenic escapes from the city.

Winnemucca BLM Field Office- This northern Nevada Region encompasses four Bureau of the Land Management's Recreational Areas, Pine Forest, Black Rock Desert, Water Canyon and High Rock Canyon. Each of these areas provide differing recreational opportunities for visitors.

Nevada National Forests and Parks

Great Basin National Park- Located close to the Nevada-Utah border the Great Basin National Park is a remnant ice field on 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, an ancient bristlecone pine forest, 75-foot limestone Lexington Arch, and the tunnels and decorated galleries of Lehman Caves are the major features.

Humboldt National Forest- The Humboldt National Forest is scattered throughout northern and eastern Nevada. From lowlands covered with sagebrush to mountain peaks frosted with snowfields, this Forest is a country of different faces and many moods.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest- The Humboldt -Toiyabe National Forest, the largest national Forest outside the State of Alaska. Areas of this immense National Forest are scattered throughout Nevada. Each area is normally served by the different State Highways.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area- Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. With 1.5 million acres, it is twice the size of Rhode Island. The area's huge lakes provide may recreational opportunities.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area- This 197,000 acre area provides a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.

Toiyabe National Forest- The Toiyabe National Forest is located mostly in Nevada, with a portion also in California. Sections of the Forest stretch from Lake Tahoe and Reno, south to the Las Vegas area.

Nevada State Parks


Beaver Dam State Park

Belmont Courthouse Historic State Monument

Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Dayton State Park

Echo Canyon State Park

Floyd Lamb State Park

Fort Churchill State Historic Park

Kershaw-Ryan State Park

Lahontan State Recreation Area

Lake Tahoe State Park

Mormon Station State Historic Park

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

Rye Patch State Recreation Area

South Fork State Recreation Area

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Spring Valley State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Walker Lake State Recreation Area

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Site

Washoe Lake State Park

Wild Horse State Recreation Area

Description - Nevada State Parks offer a rich and diverse variety of outdoor recreational activities. Popular activities include swimming, boating, and sailing, at the different lakes and reservoirs. There are additional opportunities for touring historic mansions and pioneer forts, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking and scenic panoramic views.

Attractions - Nevada has 24 state parks. Sites range from scenic reservoirs, to historic buildings and ghost towns, to deep canyons.

Recreation - Nevada State Parks offer a rich and diverse variety of outdoor recreational activities. Popular activities include swimming, boating, and sailing, at the different lakes and reservoirs. There are additional opportunities for touring historic mansions and pioneer forts, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking and viewing scenery.

Climate - Nevada is characterized by the high desert Great Basin in the northern portion of the state, the low desert in the southern portion of the state and mountain ranges which bisect these desert areas. These elevational differences can create wide ranging climatic differences. In the low deserts of southern Nevada, including the area around Las Vegas, temperatures during the summer months often reach 115 degrees F. Winters are mild with cool nights. Winter, spring and fall are a pleasant time to visit this region.

Because the Great Basin lies at a higher elevation, the area receives cold winter weather with snow that can remain for months. Seven inches of rain falls in the region annually, although run off from the surrounding mountains contributes to the water availability. The mountains receive significantly colder temperatures and precipitation year round. They can be great areas for winter recreation or an escape from the summer heat of the lower elevations.

Location - Nevada State Parks are scattered throughout the five regions of Nevada.