With its high desert setting and proximity to the Ruby Mountains, Elko is one of the West’s prime spots for hiking, backpacking, trail running and other on-foot adventures. Some opt for a simple day hike to check out the wildflowers in bloom during spring, while others take a more hardcore approach and set out for days (or weeks) of trekking through the remote hills, canyons and mountains of Northeastern Nevada.
Elko hiking is most popular in late spring, all summer and early fall, with winter often bringing snowfall and challenging conditions, but it’s possible to hike area trails nearly any time of year. Popular spots include Lamoille Lake, the Rubies, Soldier Basin and Overland Lake, and there are many miles of trails off the beaten path, as well. Elko hiking isn’t just for seasoned trail blazers, either. Many of the hikes around Elko County cater to beginners and day hikers, offering something for everyone. Still, if you’re up for a challenge, keep in mind that Elko County is home to 312 named mountains, with 10 peaks above 11,000 feet.
Explore Elko’s hiking trails here.