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.
Situated along the “Extraterrestrial Highway in southern Nevada, this is THE desert alien conspiracy waystation, located on the edge of Nellis Air Force Range – alleged location of Area 51 . Very fun stop, with all sorts of kitchy alien-themed paraphrenalia, news clippings, and articles posted all over the walls. They serve pretty darn good diner food – the pie is superb!