Nevada Bucket List ~ Great Basin Highway

Today’s Nevada Bucket List journey takes us from Great Basin Park down to Las Vegas. I’m guessing this has to be one of the prettiest areas of Nevada outside of the Lake Tahoe area given the number of parks that exist along this stretch of road. This highway also has several off shoots from the main drag to ensure you see all the the area has to offer.

Baker

  • Great Basin National Park: This park features one of Nevada’s tallest mountain peaks and also Lehman Caves.

Ely

  • Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Site: This park features several beehive shaped kilns the provided charcoal for the mines.

Pioche

  • Boot Hill Cemetery: It’s rumored that in this lawless city of the West, 72 people were buried with their boots on before someone died of natural causes.
  • Echo Canyon State Park: Park surrounds the Echo Canyon Reservoir, an ideal place for camping and hiking!
  • Million Dollar Courthouse: This courthouse was set to be built back in the mining days for a fourth of what it actually cost to build. Today it serves as a museum.

Caliente

  • Beaver Dam State Park: Nevada’s most remote state park is filled with canyons and waterfalls.
  • Historic Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site: This old one room school house gives a glimpse into frontier live and sits in the ghost town of Elgin.
  • Kershaw-Ryan State Park: This is a spring fed paradise filled with hikes through the gorge.

Panaca

  • Cathedral Gorge State Park: This park was once completely underwater and now is filled with slot canyons and hoodoos.

Las Vegas

  • Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas: This museum features exhibits on showgirls, the atomic age and the Rat Pack.
  • Springs Preserve: Home to interactive exhibits, botanical gardens, and hiking trails.

All attractions found in the 2019 Nevada Travel Guide.

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