The sleepy ex-mining desert town of Gerlach (pop. 107ish) provides an isolated hub for desert tourism and outdoor activities in the northwest corner of the state. The nearest town is 60 miles away and the only paved road in/out is NV 447, heading to Fernley NV and Eagleville CA. The annual Burning Man Festival is held in the desert nearby, helping to keep the local economy propped up, and there is fuel, a mom-n-pop hotel, and a couple small restaurants that are worth stopping in for a bite and to jaw with the locals, who are very friendly.
Nearby Guru Road, a very rough but short stretch of gravel, features a popular art installation and place for self-reflection that is worth checking out. The town has long been a revered stop-in for long-distance motorcyclists, seeking a bit of desert isolation and desert-crazy.
OK, so this is a little quirky and certainly not for those with acrophobia. The original owner mastered a process to preserve and mount real spiderwebs onto wooden plaques. This is a small operation that has caught national attention due to it’s uniqueness. 45 minutes for this “something different stop.”
Great sculpture park. Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers provide the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
An out of the ordinary museum built on the site of a former marble quarry. At the worlds largest marble museum see marble art in a studio & gallery and learn how calcium carbonate (powdered marble) is used in a variety of products from chewing gum to toothpaste. Gift shop. A 90 minute stay is about right.