For burners and anyone who appreciates desert-style art, Guru Road in Gerlach is a unique art installation created by the late DeWayne “Doobie” Williams in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He used nearby stones and other found objects. The basis of the sculpture honors family, friends, and other local residents.
Phrases and other words of wisdom line the road and there are other large art pieces including a weather station, a tribute to Elvis, Aphrodite, and the Desert Broadcast System.
Guru Road is located just north of town on Highway 34 on the left.
After visiting the interesting, it’s time to head to the beautiful. No trip to the Lamoille area in northern Nevada is complete without an expedition up the beautiful Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway. This two-lane, 12-mile drive up the canyon whisks you away to 8,800 feet, where you’ll be met with summer wildflowers and spectacular nature colors in the fall.
On your way up the byway, be sure to stop at the Lamoille Glacier Overlook where you’ll see the result of two, 1,000-foot-thick glaciers that carved out this U-shaped canyon more than 250,000 years ago. Ruby Dome, one of the highest peaks, rises to 11,249 feet, which is nearly 5,500 feet above the valley floor.
You can also participate in a self-guided car tour with interpretive signs describing the geology of the canyon. You can also plan a hike along the The Ruby Crest Trail, a 40-mile route across the Ruby Mountain Ridge, which is known worldwide for it’s spectacular views. Lamoille Canyon hosts the northern trailhead, ending south in Harrison Pass.
Additionally you can camp, picnic, mountain bike, backpack, and more.
If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful places in Nevada to host your backcountry getaway, Lamoille Canyon should be at the top of the list as it’s enjoyable during all seasons.
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