ATTRACTIONS: (some major ones)
Colorado River and Hoover Dam – Mid Reservoir area, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Reno, recreation areas at Pyramid Lake, historic Virginia City, Red Rock Canyon, Great Basin National Park, and much, much more more.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Nevada, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
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- Las Vegas
- Las Vegas (city center)
- Las Vegas (strip)
AGREEMENT AND VISITOR’S OFFICE:
- Carson City
- Las Vegas
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- Times to Travel: With a variety of attractions, historic sites, monuments, museums and national parks, and the incredible cities of Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada offers a great family vacation any time of the year.
Climate: Nevada’s alpine topography, central and north, and the desert conditions of the south, are as different as day and night.
In the southern desert region (Las Vegas), summers are hot, dry and windy. The average daily high temperature is right at 90 degrees. Desert winters are usually quite mild with average highs in the mid-40s; often much higher.
- Biotionary: Nickname of Nevada, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
In the central and northern mountain regions, summers are more moderate with cool mornings. Winter brings much colder temperatures and snow ( sometimes heavy), especially in the high mountains of the Lake Tahoe area.
Annual precipitation amounts are very low in Nevada with less than 10 inches common. Some higher elevations in the mountains get up to 30 inches and Lake Tahoe approaches 50 inches.
Seasonal Temperature Averages:
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 45/7 (Feb) 49/9 (March) 55/13 (April) 62/17
May 69/20 (Jun) 77/25 ( Jul) 88/31 (Aug) 92/33
(Sept) 88/31 (Oct) 77/25 (Nov) 62/17 (Dec) 50/10
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 21/-6 (February) 24/-4 (March) 28/-2 (April) 32/0
May 38/3 (June) 44/7 (July) 50/10 (August) 52/11
(September) 47/8 (October) 39/4 (November) 30/-1 (December) 22/-5
Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park is located on the border of the US states of Nevada and Utah, in a dry mountainous area between the Sierra Nevada and Wasatch mountain ranges. The national park, which was established in 1986, is part of the largest American desert called the Great Basin Desert. This vast area has no natural drainage, so all water (if any) is held in isolated salt lakes and wetlands, from where it evaporates into the hot air.
This national park was created in a location that includes the surroundings of Nevada’s second highest mountain – Wheeler Peak, which with its height of 3982 meters above sea level dominates the Snake Range. There are beautiful mountain scenery with high mountain peaks, glacial lakes and even snow cover in some places. The snow can last here until late summer. Green vegetation is therefore very rare here, it has a chance of survival only at higher altitudes, where there is enough moisture for its life. The park is mainly attractive for the stalactite caves, but also for the long-lived pines that grow here and are considered to be one of the longest-living organisms in the world.
The local stalactite caves were discovered in 1885 by local farmer and prospector Absalom Lehman, which is why the caves still bear his name. Their age is estimated at more than 600 million years. They were formed by the deposition of layers of calcareous shells and shells of small animals on the bottom of the then warm and shallow sea. Over time, due to high pressures and temperatures, they were transformed into secondary marble and hard limestone. All this mass subsequently rose to its current altitude and cracked. Water began to seep through the cracks, which made the cavities even larger, and thus laid the foundation for the formation of caves. As soon as the water receded, stalactite decorations began to appear on the ceilings and walls. Today, the caves are one of the main attractions of the national park. A constant humidity and temperature of around 10°C is maintained in the underground.
Bristlecone Pine Grove is located on the edge of the saddle below Wheeler Peak. You can reach them by a 3 km long walking route, which is quite demanding and climbs steadily. The pine trees here live in inhospitable conditions, where the wind alternates with frost and snow, but at the same time with the unbearable heat of the sun. Nevertheless, pine trees have thrived here for almost 5 thousand years and these conditions suit them. However, pine owes its venerable age to the special resin contained in its wood. This protects trees from all kinds of pests, preserves them and thus slows down their growth and aging. One pine tree was scientifically found to be 4,900 years old, which means that the pine tree stood here 300 years before the ancient pyramids of Giza were built in Egypt. With these “memorials”, one becomes aware of the transience of human life.
You can walk along a short educational walkway, where individual pine trees are described on information boards. Here you will learn a lot of interesting things not only about the trees that are still alive, but also about the fallen trunks. Although Great Basin National Park is not one of the most well-known tourist attractions in the United States, its natural beauty is definitely worth exploring. The park is a pearl of the American Southwest and also an ideal place for people who do not like thousands of tourists, as is the case in other American parks.