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Places To See In Mineral County, Nevada

If you are visiting the mineral county of Nevada, you will want to check out the rich and varied natural landscape that this area offers. You could start with Inyo National Forest which is a vast area that has recreational facilities and conservation area. It is a forest area that covers about two million acres of land and has diverse wildlife that can be witnessed in their natural surroundings.

This forest rich county has several national forest reserves. You will also find here the Humboldt-Toiyabe national forest. It is a popular destination for outdoor recreation as well as camping. This forest area is popular through the year; while summer months there is much to do like fishing, camping, and hiking, there are winter sports to engage in during the winter months as well.

Walker Lake is another popular lake area here that is known for camping; beach areas as well as water-based recreational facilities. This is a natural lake that is located in the Great Basin region of western Nevada. Located in the Wassuk range, it offers wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. The Walker Lake recreational area is also located here which is a state park unit.

For city-based attractions, you could head over to Hawthorne. Here you will find the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum. There is also the Mineral County museum here that is known for its collection of mining equipment, mineral samples and antique clothing that showcase the earlier times of county life.

Excelsior Mountains are located close to the town of Mina in this county. The ranges are great to discover in different ways, either by hiking, following the trails that are located here or simply by choosing one of the several resorts located in this area for a vacation or getaway. My friend Brian from comes makes the drive up her at least 4 times a year to do this amazing hike. 

Bodie Mountains are another mountain range here that also had the mining district here. The Bodie Hills are known for their scenic beauty, the small towns that are located here and there are popular weekend retreats here that you could check out.

The number of places to discover here is endless. You could also check out the Gibbs valley range, the Aurora crater, Navy beach and the Cedar mountains where camping is quite popular.

You could also head over to Joe’s Tavern casino in this town for a spot of evening entertainment and brews of your choice.

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The Most Important Things To Do In Hawthorne, Nevada

Hawthorne is a small town that is located in Mineral County, Nevada. It is a place that has an interesting history. The county seat of Nevada is Hawthorne. It is known as the “Americas Patriot Home”. The summers are hot here and the winters mild. If you are planning to visit Mineral County, then visiting during the autumn months is a good idea. The town still holds on to the original buildings and has some of the best points of interests to tourists. The town also has excellent parks and recreation areas to have a blast with your family.


The following are some of the best things that Hawthorne, Nevada has to offer its tourists and visitors.

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

To get to know more about the American military, you should definitely visit the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum. This is a locally run museum and has a large collection of the missiles, rockets, bombs, ordnance, and nuclear weapons. These weapons and other items you see at the museum are decommissioned from the military services. Few of the items displayed in this museum dates back to the World War I and World War II era. This is a very good place to visit for anyone interested in the military history.

Walker Lake Golf Course

If you love some outdoor activity on your visit to Mineral County, then trying your hand out at the out of the way Walker Lake Golf course is a good idea. You get great views of the Walker Lake. This 9-hole golf course is open to the public. It also has a clubhouse that houses a small bar. Seeing a huge water body in the middle of a big desert is a sight to behold. You can spot some of the migratory birds and also enjoy many recreational activities like fishing, boating, camping and water skiing in and around the lake.

Hawthorne Speedway Dirt Track

If you love speed and thrills in life, then take a ride on the Hawthorne Speedway dirt track. This is a very good activity for all speeding and racing enthusiasts. The track is a quarter mile clay track and it also has a 1-mile motocross race track. This is where races are held once every ten days. No matter you are a racer or a novice racer, you will find this to be a great place to test your driving skills. You can easily spend one day at the Hawthorne speedway.

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