Nevada February 21, 2017
There’s Something Incredibly Unique About This Tiny Town In Nevada
Las Vegas may be famous for the vibrant neon and flashy exuberance that never sleeps, but the ‘City of Lights’ isn’t the best place to see sparkly stars in Nevada!
Have you ever heard of Gerlach? Probably not… it’s more than two hours outside of Reno and has a population of under 200 people… but this tiny town is super cool and deserves some recognition.
Believe it or not, our glittery state is also home to the the darkest place in the entire country!
NASA’s satellites circle the globe 14 times a day, and a look into the fantastic photos taken from above revealed that there’s one spot in America that a little darker than the rest, and it just so happens to be right here in northwest Nevada.
It’s not hard to imagine that such an isolated location in the desert would have little light pollution to dim your chances on seeing the stars, but it’s pretty cool to imagine being the darkest spot in the entire nation!
Gerlach wears the title proudly, welcoming visitors with signs declaring this cool little town to be the "Center of the Known Universe" and "Population Wanted."
Despite being a tiny little town, there is a motel, restaurant, and bar if you want to come visit and see the stunning night sky for yourself!
There’s nothing quite like staring up at the vast expanse of the universe. It’s hard not to feel small - in the best possible way - and it it’s an experience that everyone should have as often possible.
When you’ve had enough of the glitz and glam of the strip, hop in the car and head up to Gerlach for the REAL show!
And while you’re out there, don’t miss the nearby Fly Geyser!
If there’s one place on earth that’s ALMOST as spectacular as the sights above, its this stunning natural wonder!
(That's a lie... the universe is incredible and nothing compares.)
Directions from Reno: Take I-80 East to NV-447 N. It’s just over 100 miles and takes about 2 hours… don’t miss this road trip!