The Serpent Mother is a 168′ long evocation of a skeletal serpent coiled around her egg in a monstrous but maternal gesture.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ruins of the Sand Springs Pony Express Station are located just south of the Sand Mountain Recreation Area, 20 miles east of Fallon.
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.
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’s subsidence crater resulted from a 249-kiloton atomic test, (equivalent to over 200,000 tons of TNT) which occurred on September 13, 1963.
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.
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.
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 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.
From the time the Central Pacific pushed the Transcontinental Railroad through Reno in 1868 the tracks bisected the city north and south.
This massive formation stands sentinel on a rise above the northeastern end of the Smoke Creek Desert.