Ready to go big this summer? We’re talking road-tripping the most mountainous region in the Lower 48: Nevada! This place is made for adventurers who prefer their pit stops to be national and state parks.
Nevada is a wide-open land with a gem of a park—mountainous Great Basin National Park is famous for its brilliant night sky and the oldest living trees on earth. Bag Wheeler Peak, one of the marquee hikes in Great Basin and the second-tallest peak in Nevada at 13,063 feet. For a more easygoing adventure, Bristlecone Trail is a walk among legends: the oldest living trees on earth!
And don’t miss Nevada’s stunning state parks. Hike among the marbled slot canyons and caves of Cathedral Gorge (pro tip: after exploring here, stay at a haunted hotel in a “living” ghost town—who dare ghosts there?!).
Or visit Spring Mountain Ranch during a full moon and go on a night hike. A night under the stars, whether at a state or national park, is time well spent. Starry nights in Nevada are some of the clearest on the planet.
PLAN IT: TravelNevada has an amazing website rich with ideas and tools for planning a road trip and exploring Nevada’s parks.