Nevada Nature October 21, 2016
8 Perfect Remote Places In Nevada For People Who Hate Crowds
Nevada has some of the busiest places on the planet – after all, it’s the home of Las Vegas! However, if you’re someone who longs to be away from the crowd, you’re in luck! Nevada has some of the most remote spaces in the U.S. where you can spend your day seeing few, if any, people.
1. At 13,147 feet, Boundary Peak is the highest point in the state.
The peak is located at the northern part of the White Mountains. It is, in fact, the second highest peak in the mountain range, but the highest, Montgomery Peak, is located across the border in California (hence the name, "Boundary" Peak). The peak is not as frequently climbed as other state mountains so you're sure to see few to no other people on your journey. To reach the peak, take Highway 264 and look for a dirt road just south of the junction with Highway 773. This road goes west for about 40 miles or so until you reach the parking area and trailhead.
2. Black Rock Desert is better known as the site of the Burning Man festival but you can visit any other time of the year for some respite from crowds and city life.
The Black Rock Desert area is flat for more than 400 square miles. The desert was formed from a dry lake bed. Although it seems barren, adventurers enjoy activities such as off-road driving, camping, and hiking. The main highway to get to Black Rock is Nevada State Route 447 which meets the town of Gerlach and State Route 427.
3. Tabor Creek Campground is one of the most remote campgrounds in the state. It is located northwest of Wells, Nevada.
The campground sits at 6,000 feet elevation and is open from April to November. There are ten campground spots available. Campers enjoy hiking, fishing, mountain biking and just taking nature in and relaxing. Take the Upper Metropolis Road north from Wells for 30 miles and look for the signs for the campground.
4. U.S. Highway 50 is the "Loneliest Road in America."
Highway 50 earned its nickname from the long stretches of road without civilization in sight. The highway runs through Central and Eastern Nevada. Star gazing at night can be incredible. Just don't break down along the way! It will be a long wait for a tow truck.
5. Eureka is one of the largest towns to be found along Highway 50 with a population of approximately 600 people.
This quaint little town is about 77 miles west of Ely. Despite its tiny size, the town has its own opera house. History buffs will enjoy the feel of being back in gold rush times while idling down the streets in happy solitude.
6. The Jarbidge Wilderness is one of the most remote wilderness areas in the country.
The nearby town of Jarbidge follows suit; it can only be reached by an unpaved 80-mile dirt road. The town population hovers around 200 people. Definitely a place to avoid the crowds! The 113,000 acres of the wilderness area hosts some of the most beautiful territory in Nevada with sprawling mountain peaks and alpine vistas, hidden waterfalls and abundant wildlife.
7. Owyhee Canyonlands is situated in three states - southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and the northeastern corner of Nevada. The canyons are definitely "off the beaten path."
These remote canyons are full of towering rock formations known as hoodoos, archways and sparkling creeks. There are very few established and marked trails so visitors must learn to master "off-trail hiking." The closest Nevada town is Owyhee located off Nevada State Route 225.
8. Try relaxing in peace and solitude in the middle of Lake Mead...on a houseboat!
Lake Mead at the southern end of Nevada offers ample ways to enjoy the state's natural beauty on your own. Houseboats can be rented from several places, such as Calville Bay and Lake Mead Houseboat Rentals. Depending on the boat, you can enjoy the use of a gas BBQ and fully equipped kitchen for several days and nights while floating peacefully on the lake. What could be better?