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Welcome to a land of adventure capable of stretching the limits of your experience. From the raw majesty of the Ruby Mountains to rugged canyon streams, Cowboy Country visitors discover the unspoiled drama of the West. The area abounds with recreational opportunities, whatever the sport or the season.

HIKING

Cynthia A. Delaney

Laura Chavez

Joe Royer

Santa Rosa Mountains - Wildflowers abound here in season, and mule deer, bighorn sheep and mountain lions can occasionally be seen. Located 35 miles north of Winnemucca on Highway 95. Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail (South Trailhead) Situated along the spine of the Ruby Mountains, 42 miles from Elko, this well-maintained trail has many hikes to choose from ranging from 2 - 37 miles in length. Upper Lamoille Canyon (North Trailhead) - Located at the end of the paved highway through Lamoille Canyon, 25 miles from Elko, this unique canyon offers a wide variety of trail hiking possibilities. Hike to several mountain lakes including Lamoille, Island, Dollar, Liberty, Favre and Castle. Winchell Lake - Trail located on Angel Lake Road is 4 miles long, contouring the East Humboldt Mountains. Early in the season the trail, about 10 miles from Wells, is enhanced by ample displays of wildflowers in bloom. Jarbidge- Jarbidge Wilderness Area. Hike to Mary’s River, Jarbidge Lake, and Emerald Lake in the Jarbidge Mountains. Soldier Basin - This trail accesses a beautiful high elevation basin with several lakes and spectacular scenery. Located 36 miles from Elko, the trail can be reached from two sides of the Ruby Mountains.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Ross AndrĂŠson

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Bloody Shins - Biking area near Winnemucca offers beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Take Highland Drive to Kluncy Canyon Road and the trailhead. Jarbidge - Bike spectacular Jarbidge Wilderness Area and miles of old mining and hunting roads through the mountains. Tuscarora - Quaint town 54 miles from Elko, with deep mining industry roots and rich history. The area does not provide established trails, but plenty of scenic riding is available. Harrison Pass - This portion of the Humboldt National Forest, 42 miles from Elko, rises to over 7,000 feet in elevation. See beautiful views of Huntington Valley from the top of the ridge. Big Bend/Sunflower Flat - Variety of routes for beginner to advanced bikers including Point of Rocks, Tennessee Mountain and Martin Creek. Convenient to Mountain City and Wildhorse Resort. Hamilton Stage Road Loop - Just outside Elko city limits, this historic trail follows the Hamilton Stage Road on which

Nevada Cowboy Country Territory Guide  

Several of Nevada's most historic towns make up Cowboy Country, and nobody should visit without taking along this handy guide. It'll help yo...

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