Nevada

Heading into Titus Canyon, Death Valley from Rhyolite, Nevada.
Heading into Titus Canyon, Death Valley from Rhyolite, Nevada.

Nevada 4×4 trails offer some the great 4×4 destinations you can find. The state has a long history and features many ghost towns and old mining camps. The state has a long, full history and features many ghost towns and old mining camps.  Combined with a lower state population, this translates into vast tracks of land which are yours to explore, and the odds of running into a ton of others is remote.  

The narrows near the Anniversary Mine are a fun place to hike and keep cool. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada
The narrows near the Anniversary Mine are a fun place to hike and keep cool. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada

Just outside of Las Vegas, the Lake Mojave and Lake Mead National recreation areas offer some great trails, and cool water to cool off in the harsh desert landscape.

However, you must be prepared for the climate and rough terrain.

Nevada History

Goodsprings, Nevada - 1924
Goodsprings, Nevada – 1924

The history of Nevada is the history of natural resources and mining. The territory experienced a boom with the discovery of the Comstock Load in 1859. The first major discovery of silver in the United States, the Comstock Load is noteworthy not only due to the fortunes is made, but for the growth of the state and its neighbor to the west.

The wide areas of empty, low populated areas allowed the United State Military to test a variety of top secret planes without the prying eyes of the public. The U2, SR-71 Backbird and F-117 stealth fighter were all tested and deployed from Nevada. The SEAL time which operated the attack on Osama bin laden also trained in Nevada.

Nevada Dark Skys

On March 18, 2019, Massacre Rim was designated the 7th Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) this Wilderness Study Area. This is no surprise for those of us who live in Nevada and appreciated a low light pollution environment.

An IDA Dark Sky Sanctuary is public or private land that has an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment.


A sanctuary differs from a Dark Sky Park or Reserve in that it is typically situated in a very remote location with few (if any) nearby threats to the quality of its dark night skies and it does not otherwise meet the requirements for designation as a park or reserve. The typical geographic isolation of Dark Sky Sanctuaries significantly limits opportunities for public outreach, so a sanctuary designation is specifically designed to increase awareness of these fragile sites and promote their long-term conservation.

https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/sanctuaries/

Nevada 4×4 Trails

Nevada 4×4 Destinations and Trailmap

Nevada Ghosttowns

  • Bonnie Claire Nevada
    Located off highway 267 East of Death Valley National Park Gold, Bonnie Clarie Nevada is a mine site and ghost…
  • Carrara Nevada
    Cararra, NV as seen from US 95 south to Beatty, NV Carrara Ghost town is a small ghost town and…
  • Downeyville Nevada
    Downeyville Nevada is an old mining camp and ghost town located in Nye County, Nevada.  In May 1877 silver-lead discoveries…
  • Rhyolite Nevada
    Rhyolite is a ghost town location just outside of the Eastern edge of Death Valley National monument in Nye country,…

Nevada Reptiles

Nevada Wildflowers and Vegetation