Visitor Center – Welcome & Education Center
We provide year-round travel and weather information including playa conditions at our visitor center in Gerlach, Nevada. The visitor center has free maps and brochures to inform the public about the National Conservation Area and prepare them for the remote experience that awaits.
We operate with a very small but mighty staff! You may see us when driving by, we have some items in stock, lots of maps, and would be happy to help you.
OUR PHYSICAL LOCATION IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON WILL REOPEN IN APRIL 2023 WITH THE WARMER WEATHER!
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In the meantime, visit our online store where you’ll find a wide selection of maps, books, gifts and more. We appreciate your support.
For more information, you can also reach out to us at email@example.com or call us at 775-557-2900.
Support Local Businesses! Here is a list of some places to visit/things to do in the area:
Get a conservation-based introduction to the Black Rock Desert – National Conservation Area with our Stewardship Coordinator! Volunteering shifts go from 9am-1pm. Support land conservation and educational outreach in the Black Rock Desert! Consider becoming a volunteer:
Landmarks at mile markers:
The Lahontan cutthroats of Pyramid and Walker Lakes are of considerable importance to the Paiute tribe. These trout, as well as cui-ui, a sucker found only in Pyramid Lake, were dietary mainstays and were used by other tribes in the area. The Lahontan fishery program emphasizes the connection of fishery management with the health of the lake and riverine habitats upon which species depend.
Visit a section of historic trails from the greatest mass migration in American history during the 1840s and 1850s when over 250,000 emigrants traveled to the goldfields and rich farmlands of California. Great for hiking and biking!
In 2013 researchers determined that humans created the petroglyphs at Winnemucca Lake between 14,800 to 10,500 years ago making them the oldest known petroglyphs in North America.
Be sure to check out Snoopy Rock, which is a Snoopy face painted on a limestone tufa tower.
This trail follows the entire length of the Truckee River and is great for hikers and cyclists.
Derby Dam is a diversion dam on the Truckee River, located between Reno and Fernley in Storey and Washoe counties in the U.S. state of Nevada. It diverts water that would otherwise feed Pyramid Lake into the Carson River watershed for irrigation use.
The area of the reservation contains 475,000 acres and Pyramid lake is the largest remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan.
Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation visitors can stop by the museum to see exhibits on the tribe’s culture and history.
Staff favorite: As Long As the River Shall Run: An Ethnohistory of Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation
A great link to see what you can do in town!
Gerlach locals’ favorite! A 1-mile long road parallel to highway 34 with funky art installations made by local artist, DeWayne “Doobie” Williams.
Pottery gallery and store featuring beautiful and unique pottery made by local artists, John & Rachel Bogard.
Excellent hiking area with a great view of the playa. Also, this is a historic murder site of a territorial debacle in 1865.
Amenities in Gerlach-Empire
Food: Bruno’s and Miner’s Cafe
Groceries: Empire Store
Mon-Sat 8AM – 6PM
Sunday 9AM – 5PM
Mon-Fri 10AM – 8PM
Sat 8AM – 8PM
Sun 8AM – 7PM
AirBnB: Planet X Pottery
Hours and availability vary, call or email to contact.
Primitive Camping & Multiple Vehicle Campsites: Iveson Ranch
Call for reservation and information.
Gifts: Planet X Pottery
*updated on 10/07/2022