Cathedral Gorge State Park covers 2,000 acres of land that was once home to the Fremont, Anasazi, and Southern Paiutes. The park offers walking trails, shaded picnic areas, and camping sites so that visitors can explore the cave-like formations and the cathedral-like spires caused by tens of millions of years of erosion. Be on the lookout for birds of prey, black-tailed jackrabbits, cottontail rabbits, mule deer, coyotes, and kit foxes. Since Cathedral Gorge is so far out away from anything in the desert, it is perfect for stargazing.
111, Cathedral Gorge State Park Road, Panaca, NV, USA, +1 775 728 4460
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is located in the Egan Mountain Range and is known for its six beehive-shaped charcoal ovens. The Ward Charcoal Ovens operated from 1876 to 1879 during the silver boom years of the Ward Mining District two miles to the north of the park. In addition to the historic ovens, the park has a trail system that is suitable for hiking and mountain biking. In the winter, these trails can be used for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, Ely, NV, USA, +1 775 289 1693
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a 520-acre oasis in the desert that was used by Paiute Indians and was developed by early settlers into a working ranch and luxury retreat. The park features picnicking areas, tours of the ranch house, summer theater events, and living history programs that include costumed role playing, reenactments, and demonstrations. The park offers opportunities for studies of diverse plant and animal life, from desert species to those that thrive in higher elevations.
6375 NV-159, Blue Diamond, NV, USA, +1 702 875 4141