Nevada’s much-loved ‘Cowboy Corridor’ road trip explores iconic cowboy culture
Angel Lake, NV (credit Travel Nevada - Sydney Martinez)

Nevada’s much-loved ‘Cowboy Corridor’ road trip explores iconic cowboy culture

Get ready for an epic adventure through Nevada’s Cowboy Corridor.

This seven-hour drive along I-80 demands a leisurely pace to fully appreciate the experience with so much to see along the way.

One of the eight towns you’ll encounter on this road trip is Reno. Indulge in delectable Basque cuisine and sample the Picon Punch, Nevada’s unofficial state drink, at Louis’ Basque Corner. And don’t forget to swing by D Bar M Western Store to find the perfect pair of authentic cowboy boots.

Next up, Fernley calls with its charming Main Street Art Park with an eclectic assortment of artwork, including the whimsical Bottlecap Gazebo. For a treat, head to Mary and Mo’s Wigwam Casino and savour their scrumptious butterscotch milkshake.

Lovelock is home to Lovers Lock Plaza, where you can ‘lock your love’ to a never-ending chain. Then head to Imlay for a visit to the Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary. Home to black bears, bobcats, cougar cubs and more, this nationally accredited, non-profit sanctuary spans 320 acres.

Winnemucca awaits with the Martin Hotel, a true Nevada institution since 1898, where mouthwatering lamb shank is prepared in the Basque culinary tradition. Further enjoy the culture at the Humboldt Museum and the Buckaroo Hall of Fame.

A stop in Battle Mountain at the Cookhouse Museum, housed within an authentic 1920s ranch cookhouse along with a must do meal at The Owl Club Casino & Restaurant; a local favourite, known for its delectable Buckaroo Skillet and exceptional steaks.

Elko, rich in cowboy heritage, hosts the esteemed National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, numerous museums, the legendary J.M. Capriola Co., and over 70 pieces of public art. Lamoille Canyon beckons with wildlife, alpine lakes and lush canyons.

Nevada’s much-loved ‘Cowboy Corridor’ road trip explores iconic cowboy culture

Ramblin Jack (photo courtesy Travel Nevada – Sydney Martinez)

Nature lovers will revel in the tranquility of Angel Lake, a retreat beloved by hikers, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Angel Lake welcomes visitors from May to October.

The final destination along this extraordinary journey is West Wendover, where history comes alive at the Historic Wendover Airfield, showcasing military aviation. Be sure to capture a photo with the iconic 63-foot neon cowboy, ‘Wendover Will’, to wrap up your Cowboy Corridor road trip.

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