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Trip of the Week: Enjoy scenic drive on Success Summit Loop near Ely

One of the prettiest side roads in Nevada, the Success Summit Loop near Ely packs a lot of scenery into 38 miles. The route climbs over a high forested summit after leaving U.S. Highway 93 either north or south of Ely and remains open from snowmelt to snowfall, usually from April through mid-November.

Great Basin Highway leads to history, adventure

In Nevada, where it’s been dubbed the Great Basin Highway, scenic U.S. Highway 93 runs from the Arizona border to the Idaho border, along the way accessing historic towns, several state parks, hundreds of miles of off-highway vehicle trails and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Dazzling display of color engulfs Valley of Fire

Nevada’s largest, oldest and most spectacular state park, Valley of Fire lives up to its name with its eroded sandstone formations and sand dunes in fiery shades of red. Changing constantly with the angle of the sun, the colors range from the brilliance of leaping flames to the glowing hues of hot embers.

Follow tracks for clues to Nevada's railroad history

Thousands of miles of track once connected Nevada towns with the transcontinental railroads. From territorial days to modern times, at least 70 railroads operated in the state, both standard and narrow gauge. Built to move ore from mines to mills, the lines also carried freight and passengers.

Native cultures clearly left mark on Nevada

Nevada’s public lands hold a wealth of rock art left behind by native cultures that developed long before Europeans arrived in the New World. Exploring Nevada’s rock art sites offers glimpses of the past and intriguing clues about ancient history.

Moapa Valley Wildlife Refuge protects rare fish

The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge — the smallest of the four protected areas that constitute the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex — includes 116 acres surrounding several natural warm springs that feed the Muddy River. The little-known oasis protects one of the rarest fish on Earth, the diminutive Moapa dace, as well as several other endangered species of plants, animals, birds and insects.

Scotty's Castle home to opulent, colorful history

Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park offers a glimpse into an opulent era in history, continuing to draw curiosity seekers much as it has since construction began on the Spanish-style mansion at Death Valley Ranch in remote Grapevine Canyon in 1924.

Death Valley springs to life during cooler months

When winter's cold slows the pulse of many other national parks, Death Valley is in the midst of its busiest season. Although the park is open year-round, generally balmy temperatures lure most of Death Valley's nearly 1 million annual visitors...

Historic courthouses still sources of pride, justice

Handsome representatives of public architecture from the past, Nevada's classic courthouses occupy places of pride in rural county seats across the state. Many of these survivors from yesteryear still function as county government centers. Some...