Description - We have divided Nevada into five geographic travel regions: Northern Nevada, Reno-Tahoe Region, Central Nevada, South-Central Nevada, and the Las Vegas Region. These regions can help narrow the search for a recreation area close to you.
- Northern Nevada includes roughly the northern quarter of the state, except for the mountainous western portion. I-80 leads through Northern Nevada from Wendover to Lovelock. The Reno-Tahoe Region includes the mountainous northern and western portion of the state surrounding Lake Tahoe, Reno, Carson City, and Pyramid Lake. Central Nevada includes the area surrounding Highway 50, from the Utah border to Silver Springs. south-central Nevada includes a vast portion of the state, from Walker Lake and the town of Hawthorne, to Tonopah, Amargosa Valley, Ash Springs, Pioche and Caliente. The Las Vegas Region includes the southern portion of the state. It obviously includes Las Vegas, but also the Spring Mountains and Red Canyon to the west of the city, and the area surrounding Hoover Dam and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Recreation - With the geographic and climatic variety in Nevada, from high alpine peaks and forests to low deserts and massive reservoirs, there are numerous and varied recreation opportunities in this state. Water-related activities are very popular year-round in the hot, desert portions of the state. Lake Mead National Recreation Area attracts more visitors than any other site. The low deserts of southern Nevada also offer excellent winter hiking, camping and sightseeing. The Reno-Tahoe Region as well as the other mountainous portions of the state offer excellent winter recreation opportunities in addition to fantastic summer hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing and more.
Climate - Nevada is characterized by the high desert Great Basin in the northern portion of the state, the low desert in the southern portion of the state and mountain ranges which bisect these desert areas. These elevational differences can create wide ranging climatic differences. In the low deserts of southern Nevada, including the area around Las Vegas, temperatures during the summer months often reach 115 degrees F. Winters are mild with cool nights. Winter, spring and fall are a pleasant time to visit this region.
Because the Great Basin lies at a higher elevation, the area receives cold winter weather with snow that can remain for months. Seven inches of rain falls in the region annually, although run off from the surrounding mountains contributes to the water availability. The mountains receive significantly colder temperatures and precipitation year round. They can be great areas for winter recreation or an escape from the summer heat of the lower elevations.
Nevada is located in the western United States, between California and Utah.