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The Serpent Mother

The Serpent Mother

The Serpent Mother is a 168′ long evocation of a skeletal serpent coiled around her egg in a monstrous but maternal gesture.

Clear Creek Trail

Clear Creek Trail

The Clear Creek Trail is about 10.5 miles one way, with gentle gradients ideal for both hiking and mountain biking. It takes nearly 15 miles to gain the 1,150 ft in altitude of its high point at 6,200 ft.

Lagomarsino

Lagomarsino

Lagomarsino Canyon, one of only eight Nevada rock art sites honored on the National Register of Historic Places, is a quarter mile long. It consists of 2229 rock art panels, some created as long as 10,000 years ago.

Gold Hill Depot

Gold Hill Depot

The Gold Hill Depot of the V&T Railroad was completed in September 1869. The station served passengers and freight, and was also a telegraph station. In 1938 the locomotive Reno pulled the last V&T train out of Virginia City and Gold Hill.

A Remnant of the Old Lincoln Highway

A Remnant of the Old Lincoln Highway

Dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway spanned America from New York’s Times Square City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This quarter-mile section of pavement is intact, but abandoned.

The Lava Beds; Elephant Head Rock

The Lava Beds; Elephant Head Rock

In May of 2013 we drove 2.5 hours from Reno toward the Black Rock Desert and then began a 7-mile hike up about 1,000 feet to the top of this spectacularly scenic granite plateau misnamed “The Lava Beds.”

1873 Wooden Box Flume

1873 Wooden Box Flume

Water was first brought to the Comstock by natural springs and wells nearby. Usually, however, by autumn the water supply became insufficient. An audacious solution was proposed: to bring water from the ample snow-melt sources high up in the Sierras across the Washoe Valley.

Old Virginia City Jewish Cemetery

Old Virginia City Jewish Cemetery

During the height of the Comstock, this cemetery served the burial needs for Virginia City’s thriving Jewish community. When the city’s population began to shrink, the cemeteries, including the Hebrew cemetery, fell into disrepair.

The Great Reno Balloon Race

The Great Reno Balloon Race

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest hot air ballooning event in the country with no admission charge for entry to the lift-off field, where spectators can mingle freely with the balloon pilots and crews.

Soldier Meadows Hot Springs

Soldier Meadows Hot Springs

The hillsides west of Soldier Meadows Ranch rise up gently to the Applegate emigrant trail up through High Rock Canyon. Along the way there are several hot spring features that must’ve been a welcome respite for the emigrants in their wagon trains.

Truckee River Bike Path

Truckee River Bike Path

The Truckee River Bike Path runs for 12 miles through downtown Reno to the eastern end of Sparks. Explore 27 spots along the trail in virtual reality.

The Virginia City Coach

The Virginia City Coach

Once the rolling home of eccentric writers Lucius Beebe and his partner Charles Clegg, the Virginia City railcar began its life in 1928 as the Pullman car Crystal Peak.

Bucket of Blood

Bucket of Blood

The Bucket of Blood, with its live music, authentic bar, and elaborate decor, is frequently voted the best rural saloon in Nevada. It is an excellent example of a business founded in the 1930s that evolved in response to growing tourism.

Sunrise on Wheeler Peak

Sunrise on Wheeler Peak

At 13,063 feet in elevation, Wheeler Peak is the second highest mountain in the state. Located within Great Basin National Park, Wheeler is a part of the Snake Range, near the Utah border.

Sand Springs Pony Express

Sand Springs Pony Express

The ruins of the Sand Springs Pony Express Station are located just south of the Sand Mountain Recreation Area, 20 miles east of Fallon.

Stewart Indian School

Stewart Indian School

From 1890 until it closed in 1980, the Stewart Indian School in Carson City was the only off-reservation boarding school in Nevada for Native American children.

Sunrise on Snow

Sunrise on Snow

On the cusp of the Winter Solstice, the first light of a very short day colors the Reno morning sky, and also the snow.

Bilby Crater

Bilby Crater

Bilby’s subsidence crater resulted from a 249-kiloton atomic test, (equivalent to over 200,000 tons of TNT) which occurred on September 13, 1963.

Petroglyphs and Roasting Pit

Petroglyphs and Roasting Pit

In this canyon near Las Vegas, the rich resources, especially agave, were an abundant source of food and drew people to this canyon over thousands of years.

Abandoned Mill, Toulon

Abandoned Mill, Toulon

The abandoned mill buildings in Toulon date from 1892. The main building housed a ball mill used to process tungsten as well as precious metals.

Ichthyosaurs

Ichthyosaurs

There have been no ichthyosaurs swimming in the inland oceans of Nevada for 200 million years. But the 36 fossil specimens of the giant prehistoric reptiles found here have lent their name to the Nevada state fossil.

The Inyo

The Inyo

The locomotive Inyo was built in 1875 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. It is one of the oldest original locomotives in North America still in operable condition.

RR Tracks Through Reno

RR Tracks Through Reno

From the time the Central Pacific pushed the Transcontinental Railroad through Reno in 1868 the tracks bisected the city north and south.

Indian Rock

Indian Rock

This massive formation stands sentinel on a rise above the northeastern end of the Smoke Creek Desert.

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