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.

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#1. Gold Strike Hot Spring


A picturesque hot spring in a fabulous narrow valley near the Colorado River. The spring can only be reached by a technically difficult hike, or by boat. Once you hike the 2 miles down-canyon you will…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Boulder City, NV - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 4 miles Best Trail in nv - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Ash Springs


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 set of…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Ash Springs, NV - Scenic Drives - 0 Best Trail in nv - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Red Rocks Back Country Byway


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 a 13-m…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Back Country Byways"
Las Vegas, NV - Scenic Drives - 13 miles Best Trail in nv - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Bailey's Hot Springs


A rustic hot spring resort with three separate gravel-bottom pools outside a small town. This simple, unadorned hot spring facility is supplied by several natural hot springs, each with substantial fl…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Beatty, NV - Scenic Drives - 0 Best Trail in nv - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Bitter Springs Trail Back Country Byway


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 southeast…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Back Country Byways"
Overton, NV - Scenic Drives - 28 miles
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#6. Steamboat Villa Hot Springs Spa


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 geotherm…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Reno, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#7. Lamoille Canyon Road


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 is pa…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Far West"
Lamoille, NV - Scenic Drives - 12 miles
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#8. Warm Springs


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 to pro…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Tonopah, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#9. Monitor Valley (Potts) Hot Springs


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 is fant…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Austin, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#10. Gold Butte Back Country Byway


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 count…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Back Country Byways"
Mesquite, NV - Scenic Drives - 62 miles
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#11. Rogers Warm Spring


A large and picturesque pond and small creek adjacent to Lake Mead within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This is a popular picnicking spot, not the best place for a private hot spring soak. A…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Overton, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#12. Diana's Punch Bowl


An immense travertine hill with a pit in the middle, about 50 feet across, with hot spring water in the bottom. The hill is visible from miles away and truly awe-inspiring upon inspection. Although it…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Austin, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#13. Dixie Valley Hot Springs


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. Co…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Fallon, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#14. Fort Churchill to Wellington Back Country Byway


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 Churchi…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Back Country Byways"
Wellington, NV - Scenic Drives - 67 miles
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#15. Alkali Hot Springs


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 in a dese…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Goldfield, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#16. Baltazor Hot Springs


These are medium-sized hot springs with several seeps, adjacent to a small, isolated homestead. Although there is limited bathing, a nearby hot spring provides one of the best natural baths in the sta…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Denio, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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#17. Lake Mead National Recreation Area


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 mostly…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Boulder City, NV - Scenic Drives
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#18. Mt. Wilson Back Country Byway


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 basins…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Back Country Byways"
Pioche, NV - Scenic Drives - 62 miles
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#19. Great Basin National Park


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 national…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Baker, NV - Scenic Drives
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#20. Trego Hot Springs


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 Pla…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
Gerlach, NV - Scenic Drives - 0
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