Let’s face facts. There are a lot of Western destinations that are only known for one thing. Maybe that thing is gambling or skiing or maybe it’s the art or the cuisine. Well, we’ve got some great news for you: Elko, Nevada is the perfect place for all that and more.
Where else can you enjoy heli-skiing during the day, Old West saloons at night and plenty of history and culture in between? Fact is, Elko is a diverse place that attracts modern day cowboys right alongside geared-up trail hikers and members of the artsy, cappuccino-sipping set all in one town. Call it a modern day melting pot, call it a hub for adventure seekers, but whatever you do, don’t call it boring.
There are so many things to do in Elko that we can hardly list them all here. From dining family style at an historic Basque restaurant to exploring Lamoille Canyon and the Ruby Mountains to throwback hotels, motels and saloons that recall wilder times, we’re all about mixing things up and seeing what happens. Explore 51 art murals, find dozens of large, colorfully-decorated cowboy boots, tuck into a plate of sushi, sip a Picon Punch, get lost in ghost towns … there’s so much to do in Elko, NV.
And, don’t forget our annual festivals — from the rodeo to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to the Elko Band Pow-Wow, there are a million reasons to visit Elko any time of year. Here are just a few of them.