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The Darkest Town In The Country Is Right Here In Nevada

Part of the Reno-Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area, the tiny town of Gerlach is located approximately 100 miles north of Reno. With a total area of 3.1 square miles and a population of just over 200, Gerlach seems like little more than a stop along the way to somewhere more exciting. However, Gerlach has its own claim to fame. This tiny town is known as the “Darkest Town in America.”

So, if you are just passing through Gerlach en route to somewhere else—or just want a change from the bright lights of the big city—take a moment, wait until dark, look upward, and enjoy the beautiful expanse of the night sky in the darkest town in the U.S. You won’t be sorry!

Natalie Faulk
Natalie Faulk is a southern California-born, Colorado-raised, Las Vegas-based freelance writer, blogger, and the author of several books. In what little spare time she has, Natalie enjoys cooking, movies, comedy, and dancing.