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Elko Things to Do

  • Downtown

    Elko has a reasonably good-sized, interesting downtown that offers more varied sights and eating, etc., than one will find along I-80. I recommend visiting here, whether just driving through town or not, to get a better taste of town and what it has to offer.


    On the east side of the Ruby Mountains, the country gets lonelier yet. You won't find a lot of traffic on NV229 offering access to this region. A gravel road goes south off the highway, paralleling the mountain range and takes you to the vast wetlands of the Ruby Marshes. Totally incongruous here in this arid climate, the marshlands are kept green...


    At the western base of the Ruby Mountains is the little town of Lamoille - 545 people, 5700 feet/1727 meters high. It dates back to 1865 when the first settlers arrived. The main Californian Emigrant trail stuck closer to the Humboldt River near Elko, but with the large numbers of people moving along that trail, firewood and cattle forage was...


    Local boosters liken the Ruby Mountains as the 'Alps of Nevada'. Thus, Lamoille Canyon is the 'Yosemite of Nevada'. The canyons are glacial in origin, but that is where I would draw the line. Lamoille Canyon is a very pretty canyon, classical u-shaped by glaciers long gone. Here, the glaciers also completely carved through the range. The valley is...


    This part of the Wild West, so it is only appropriate, that you come across horsemen who are heading into the wilderness for some unknown reason. Within the Great Basin, there are many wild horses and wild burros - descendants of the many that trod these paths in the past. Here, in the Ruby Mountains, you will see the packhorse variety. Watch where...


    The Ruby Crest trail continues further south from Wines Peak, atop the Ruby range for another 36 miles. You will need another car at the other end and keep a constant look out for possible water. It is a lonely trail of great grandeur in a lonely grandeurous land.


    This is the highest point in the Ruby Mountains, 11387 feet/3451 meters. There is no trail and the peak lies west of the main crest. To get here you have to do some complicated crosscountry bushwacking. This is truly off-the-beaten-path in the land of off-the-beaten-paths.


    Off the west headwall of Wines Peak, 10893 feet/3301 meters high, you can over towards the Ruby Dome, 11387 feet/3451 meters high. Far below, the waters of North Furlong lake glisten. Stay awhile and observe. You might not get this way again.


    Absolute tundra occurs around 11000 feet/3333 meters in the Great Basin ranges, though it can occur slightly lower in the more northerly ranges. Here, you find rock and a carpet of ground-hugging highly specialized plants. Eleven of the Great Basin ranges rise into the tundra zone and because of their isolation from each other, several have...


Elko Hotels

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  • Hilton Garden Inn Elko

    3650 East Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, 89801, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Country Hearth Inn Elko

    1930 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, 89801, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Red Lion Inn And Casino Elko

    2065 Idaho Street, Elko, Nevada, 89801, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Elko Restaurants

  • Home-Made Cornish Pasties & Pies

    This is a great little place on the edge of downtown Elko, and a great example of why one, even when just driving through on the freeway, should skip the chain crud in the gas-station stops and shopping centres along the freeway and venture into town to see what the real town has to offer.This is a little bakery that produces Cornish pasties,...

  • Terrible Service in Elko!

    The service in Elko is for the birds. The people are so incredibly rude. Even the manager's seem to not care if you go back or not. They always forget something, and you are lucky if they greet you with a hello, or even a thank you. Next time I am just passing by.

  • want Steak? eat Basque!

    Basque food (ample, homestyle, meat and veggies) and plenty of it in a traditional, 'family style' Basque hotel. Enter through the bar and bring an appetite! Dinner steak.At any of the Basque restaurants, one orders the entree - and everything else just arrives: first, hearty soup and bread. Next, Basque salad. Then the entree arrives on its own...


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