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Welcome to Winnemucca, NV the Crossroads of the West. Our high desert city is full of classic charm. Our historic downtown area is interspersed with delightful boutiques, restaurants, pubs and the hometown businesses that serve our community.
Winnemucca is a great jumping-off point for many types of outdoor recreation. Nearby are fabulous hiking, hunting and biking trails, as well as miles of ATV and off-road adventure trails. In town, there are over 1,000 hotel rooms, several diverse restaurants, casino gaming, and plenty of other opportunities for fun.
Winnemucca has never laid claim to being the oldest settlement in the state, but its location has been more or less continuously occupied since about 1830 when beaver trappers like Peter Ogden established a camp here on what they called Mary’s River.
Twenty years later, when westward bound wagon trains began using the Humboldt Trail, the trading post on the southern bank of the river at Graveley Ford came to be called Frenchmans Ford, and by 1863 when it was renamed for the last time, in honor of the principal Paiute chief of the region, a rough settlement had grown up along the river bank.
Accommodations & Dining
Winnemucca has been welcoming travelers to this area since the early days of the 1800s. In fact, the Winnemucca Hotel, built over 120 years ago still operates its historic bar and restaurant, serving Basque-style dining.
With more than 1,150 hotel/motel rooms and 350 RV spaces, Winnemucca has lodging to fit any taste and every budget, from luxurious suites to economy accommodations, from romantic bed & breakfast getaways to 24-hour casino/hotel excitement. Whether you are staying for a night or longer, you’ll find the perfect place to stay in Winnemucca.
Winnemucca locals will quickly recommend a trip to one of our fine family-style Basque restaurants. Another popular dining experience can be found by visiting The Griddle, a well-known Interstate 80 breakfast spot.
Recreation & Attractions
Winnemucca always has something going on! This high desert crossroads offers 24-hour gaming, a multitude of recreational opportunities, some of the best hunting in the nation and a rich and enduring history all woven together with hometown hospitality. Located at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 95, Winnemucca is not only on your way to everywhere, it is a thriving community full of adventure and good times.
Hunting opportunities abound in this region of Nevada. Winnemucca is the perfect jumping off point for your next hunting excursion. Sportsmen come here in search of big game such as big horn sheep, mountain lion and antelope, as well as several types of game birds. Winnemucca’s friendly atmosphere, Basque cuisine and hometown hospitality are here to greet travelers in every season.
Bike, Hike and ATV
Not everyone prefers to travel within the confines of a car. Sometimes you just have to take the bikes or ATVs out and eat some dust! Humboldt County has hundreds of miles of back roads that are ready for you to ride. Most motorcycle enthusiasts begin their desert trek accessing trails behind Winnemucca Mountain or by driving their trucks and trailers up Water Canyon Road and parking at one of the campgrounds. Winter can also be a time of fun with numerous locations for sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing, not to mention snowmobiling in the high country.
Another jumping off point for motorcycles and ATVs is Sand Pass Road, located just 11 miles north of Winnemucca on US Highway 95. This road travels almost due east into the desert, and affords some awesome views, as well as a terrific ride.
Winnemucca has numerous attractions to greet visitors of all ages and interests. From the 24-hour gaming opportunities to the rich western history to the renowned Basque dining, Winnemucca offers adventure and good times all year long. Not to mention the fact that Winnemucca is truly on your way to everywhere, lying at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 95, Winnemucca is the Crossroads of the West.