You’ll find every kind of outdoor thrill here
With the most 11,000-plus-foot peaks in the state and the only national park situated entirely in Nevada, Ely’s White Pine County is your jumping-off point for diverse outdoor adventures. Start by heading to Cave Lake State Park, where activities include ripping through 20 miles of trails via mountain bike or ATV and enjoying the winter scenery while ice fishing in its 32-acre trout-filled reservoir. If you're looking to stay overnight (and you definitely should be), you can rent a yurt and embrace natural beauty early in the morning.
The outdoor adventure doesn't end there, because just an hour east of Ely is Great Basin National Park where plenty of summits, towering Bristlecone Pines, bighorn sheep, and the subterranean passages of Lehman Caves await you.
The excitement isn’t over when the sun goes down, either. The park boasts some of the darkest skies in the US, so prepare to ponder the meaning of life as you take in millions of star clusters and The Milky Way -- all visible to the naked eye on clear, moonless nights. When your legs (and eyes) eventually need a break from all the exciting sightseeing, set up camp at 10,000 feet at the Park.
If you don't plan on making an overnight stay of it, make your way back toward Ely savor the natural solitude at The Kirch Wildlife Recreation Area, where you can catch a Nevada sunset while soaking in the crystal-clear hot springs.