We left Fernley, Nevada and traveled south to Tonopah, Nevada. It was a great scenic trip on alternate hwy US 50 to US 95 south. Then US 95 south to US 6 east to Tonopah. The open road along this route seems desolate to many, but the beauty of the desert and the wide open sky is something we love to see.
Walker Lake is a natural lake, 50.3 mi² in area, in the Great Basin in western Nevada in the United States. Walker Lake and the Sportsman’s Beach Recreation Site is located in Mineral County, Nevada. This lake is a rare perennial lake of the Great Basin and is important for a variety of resident and migratory wildlife species.
The Walker Lake State Recreation Area is located along the western shore of the lake. The Hawthorne Army Depot, which claims to be the world’s largest ammunition depot, fills the valley to the south of the lake. U.S. Route 95 passes along the western shore of Walker Lake.
At the junction of US95 and US6 there is an old abandoned gas station. Sort of a ghost gas station. Continue on US 95 east about 25 miles into Tonopah.
Tonopah is situated roughly halfway between Las Vegas and Reno. Tonopah was the location of a silver rush in 1900.
The community began circa 1900 with the discovery of gold and silver-rich ore by prospector Jim Butler when he went looking for a lost burro he owned. The burro had wandered off during the night and sought shelter near a rock outcropping. When Butler discovered the animal the next morning, he picked up a rock to throw at the beast, but instead noticed the rock was unusually heavy. He had stumbled upon the second-richest silver strike in Nevada history.
You can learn about silver mining and it’s history at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park and Tonopah’s Central Nevada Museum. Other recreational opportunities include stargazing, hiking, seeking wilderness areas, birdwatching, mountain biking and much more!
We stayed at the Tonopah Station Hotel and Casino. The Tonopah Station Hotel and Casino is a convenient place to visit the Silver State. Basic overnight RV parking and a somewhat shaky shower. But by the time we arrived any shower was a good one!