IN JULY 1986, Life magazine described Nevada’s Highway 50 from Baker to Dayton as the “Loneliest Road in America.” Life recommended that drivers have “survival skills” to travel the route. The Highway 50 Survival Guide is a challenge to travelers to learn for themselves about America’s Loneliest Road. Take the trip across Nevada’s backcountry, stop in any five of the seven largest towns (Baker, Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon, Dayton, and Fernley) to get your Official Highway 50 Survival Guide validated.
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NEVADA’S HWY 50
Dayton is the site of Nevada’s first gold discovery and a contender for being the state’s earliest Euro-American permanently inhabited settlement. To learn more about Dayton, CLICK HERE.
Born as a result of railroad construction, the City of Fernley was established in 1904 and later developed into an agricultural and ranching community. To learn more about Fernley, CLICK HERE.
Fallon Nevada was born during the California Gold Rush when exhausted travelers stopped along the Carson River after crossing the 40-Mile Desert. To learn more about Fallon, CLICK HERE.
Born a silver mining town, Austin was home to many prospectors and silver miners. Today, it features some of the best mountain biking, hiking, and exploring in the state. To learn more about Austin, CLICK HERE.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a walking tour of historic Eureka presents wonderfully preserved brick and wood buildings. To learn more about Eureka, CLICK HERE.
Ely was once a stop along the Pony Express Trail. 1906 marked the arrival of the Nevada Northern Railway, and today, visitor can visit this well-preserved railway. To learn more about Ely, CLICK HERE.
The Great National Heritage Area is home to the The Great Basin National Park and 13,000-foot Wheeler Peak and some of the darkest skies in the country. To learn more about Great Basin, CLICK HERE.