Explore the Great Outdoors in Yerington, Nevada

Date:July 8, 2020 2:40 pm

Walker River, Yerington

EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN YERINGTON, NEVADA

 

BIG BLEND RADIO: On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Melinda Taylor and Steven Ward of Yerington Inn and Coffee Slingers share an overview of historic Yerington, Nevada, a destination on the Pony Express and California National Historic Trail.  Listen to the podcast on Spreaker.com, SoundCloud.com, YouTube.com, or hear thew whole show on BlogTalkRadio.com.

Located in northwestern Nevada, just off the Pony Express National Historic Trail and on the California National Historic Trail, Yerington is the epitome of “Small Town America.” The historic downtown is a popular resting point for folks traveling Highway 95 between Las Vegas and Reno, and the entire region is a great getaway for nature lovers and history enthusiasts. Yerington’s historic downtown district is charming with antique shops, restaurants, and casinos, including Dini’s Lucky Club – the oldest family-run casino in the state! Spend a few hours taking in the exhibits and artifacts at Lyon County Museum, and visit Yerington Theatre for the Arts to see the current art exhibits, and grab a quick bite.

Fort Churchill State Historic Park is a 30 minute scenic drive from Yerington. It was built as a U.S. Army fort in 1861. Tour the ruins, visit the museum and cemetery, picnic, go camping and hike the nature trail along the Carson River (pictured), and enjoy various ranger programs. Buckland Station is just down the road from Fort Churchill and was a supply center and boarding house. You can tour the house and picnic outside. Both sites are part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail and California National Historic Trail.

The surrounding Mason Valley and Smith Valley areas are beautiful with lush farmlands that stretch out to natural areas complete with rugged high desert hillsides and desert shrublands, wetland ponds and meadows active with birdlife, and wind-carved canyons that dip down to cool running waters. The whole region is a world-renown destination for geocaching, and if you love the outdoors, be sure to explore the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area, Walker River, Walker Lake, Wilson Canyon, and Lahontan State Recreation Area. Lahontan Reservoir spans 69 miles of shoreline and is one of the most popular places in Nevada to go boating, fishing, water-skiing, horseback riding, and more.

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure destination, put Yerington on your list!

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