Best Scenic Drives in Nevada

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Nevada. Use this list to plan your next Nevada scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Red Rocks Back Country Byway

    2 Reviews

    Las Vegas, NV

    A one-way, paved Type I road that makes a 13-mile open loop through the spectacular Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 19 miles west of downtown Las Vegas. The one-way paved byway makes ...
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    A one-way, paved Type I road that makes a 13-mile open loop through the spectacular Red Rock Canyon National Conservation ...

  • #2 Bitter Springs Trail Back Country Byway

    2 Reviews

    Overton, NV

    A rough, single-lane Type II byway, requiring a high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle, that twists for 28 miles through the rugged Muddy Mountains between Interstate 15 and Lake Mead in ...
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    A rough, single-lane Type II byway, requiring a high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle, that twists for 28 miles through ...

  • #3 Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail

    7 Reviews

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV

    Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 734 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
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    Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. ...

  • #4 Lamoille Canyon Road

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    Lamoille, NV

    A 12-mile road through a magnificent, glacially carved canyon with waterfalls and meadows of wildflowers. The Lamoille Canyon Road travels into the heart of the Ruby Mountains. The two-lane road ...
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    A 12-mile road through a magnificent, glacially carved canyon with waterfalls and meadows of wildflowers. The Lamoille Canyon ...

  • #5 Gold Butte Back Country Byway

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    Mesquite, NV

    A 62-mile paved, gravel, and unmaintained Type II road that traverses an area of stunning desert scenery in southeastern Nevada. Gold Butte Back Country Byway traverses 62 miles of rugged desert ...
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    A 62-mile paved, gravel, and unmaintained Type II road that traverses an area of stunning desert scenery in southeastern ...

  • #6 Fort Churchill to Wellington Back Country Byway

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    Wellington, NV

    A 67-mile Type I and II byway that travels along the Pony Express Trail from Fort Churchill to Dayton, climbs over the Pine Nut Mountains, and crosses wide Smith Valley to Wellington. The Fort ...
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    A 67-mile Type I and II byway that travels along the Pony Express Trail from Fort Churchill to Dayton, climbs over the Pine ...

  • #7 Warm Springs

    4 Reviews

    Tonopah, NV

    A once-active hot springs resort in an isolated part of central Nevada. Although the bathhouse is closed, visitors can still access the hot spring itself. Portions of the creek have been dammed ...
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    A once-active hot springs resort in an isolated part of central Nevada. Although the bathhouse is closed, visitors can still ...

  • #8 California Trail Back Country Byway

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    Jackpot, NV

    A Type I 76-mile open loop that parallels sections of the historic California Trail in northeastern Nevada. The California Trail Back Country Byway makes an open loop through the wide open spaces ...
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    A Type I 76-mile open loop that parallels sections of the historic California Trail in northeastern Nevada. The California ...

  • #9 Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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    Boulder City, NV

    The completion of Hoover Dam resulted in the creation of Lake Mead and Lake Mojave in the 1930s. Lake Mead National Recreation Area suddenly existed in what had previously been a large area of ...
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    The completion of Hoover Dam resulted in the creation of Lake Mead and Lake Mojave in the 1930s. Lake Mead National Recreation ...

  • #10 Mt. Wilson Back Country Byway

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    Pioche, NV

    A Type II byway that forms a 62-mile-long open loop around Mt. Wilson in eastern Nevada. The Mt. Wilson Back Country Byway climbs over a remote mountain range in eastern Nevada. It crosses wide ...
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    A Type II byway that forms a 62-mile-long open loop around Mt. Wilson in eastern Nevada. The Mt. Wilson Back Country Byway ...

  • #11 Great Basin National Park

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    Baker, NV

    The Great Basin is the name geographers have given to a vast expanse of land that covers much of Nevada and the neighboring portion of Utah. But don’t expect to see wide open country in this ...
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    The Great Basin is the name geographers have given to a vast expanse of land that covers much of Nevada and the neighboring ...

  • #12 Ash Springs

    3 Reviews

    Ash Springs, NV

    A series of natural hot spring ponds shaded by several large trees in a picnic spot. Ash Spring is an ideal place for a soak, if you happen to be in this isolated part of the state. A pleasant ...
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    A series of natural hot spring ponds shaded by several large trees in a picnic spot. Ash Spring is an ideal place for a soak, ...

  • #13 Monitor Valley (Potts) Hot Springs

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    Austin, NV

    Several hot springs in an isolated valley in central Nevada. The hot spring with the largest discharge is piped into a circular watering trough, providing a nice bath. The view from the spring ...
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    Several hot springs in an isolated valley in central Nevada. The hot spring with the largest discharge is piped into a circular ...

  • #14 Fish Lake Valley Hot Spring

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    Tonopah, NV

    A large geothermal well, from which water is piped into a large concrete pool, overflowing into several warm ponds in an isolated portion of central Nevada. Owned by Esmerelda County, these hot ...
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    A large geothermal well, from which water is piped into a large concrete pool, overflowing into several warm ponds in an ...

  • #15 Alkali Hot Springs

    1 Reviews

    Goldfield, NV

    Two hot springs in a small oasis in the middle of dry central Nevada. One of the springs is diverted into a makeshift tub, making a nice bath. Hot water emerges from the side of a small hill ...
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    Two hot springs in a small oasis in the middle of dry central Nevada. One of the springs is diverted into a makeshift tub, ...

  • #16 Dixie Valley Hot Springs

    1 Reviews

    Fallon, NV

    Numerous difficult-to-spot seeps in an isolated portion of northern Nevada. Despite few well-defined bathing spots, ample places allow for the creation of small pools with appropriate temperatures. ...
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    Numerous difficult-to-spot seeps in an isolated portion of northern Nevada. Despite few well-defined bathing spots, ample ...

  • #17 Trego Hot Springs

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    Gerlach, NV

    About 4 hours from Reno, Trego Hot Spring consists of a small, shallow, silty, warm-source pond that flows into a ditch and subsequently cools. The spring lies on the edge of the Black Rock Desert ...
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    About 4 hours from Reno, Trego Hot Spring consists of a small, shallow, silty, warm-source pond that flows into a ditch and ...

  • #18 Paradise Valley Hot Spring (Little Humboldt)

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    Paradise Valley, NV

    A large, travertine-lined pit with extremely hot water, diverted into a plastic tub on the bank of the Little Humboldt River. A wonderful bathing opportunity awaits if water in the tub is allowed ...
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    A large, travertine-lined pit with extremely hot water, diverted into a plastic tub on the bank of the Little Humboldt River. ...

  • #19 Spencer Hot Springs

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    Austin, NV

    A series of hot springs on the site of an old resort in an isolated part of central Nevada. There are both natural hot spring pools and a watering trough that has hot spring water diverted into ...
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    A series of hot springs on the site of an old resort in an isolated part of central Nevada. There are both natural hot spring ...

  • #20 Steamboat Villa Hot Springs Spa

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    Reno, NV

    A historic hot springs resort south of Reno. Closed for years, the resort has recently reopened. Its many large-volume hot springs have provided bathing for centuries, and now support a large ...
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    A historic hot springs resort south of Reno. Closed for years, the resort has recently reopened. Its many large-volume hot ...