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.”

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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!