What To Do

Rye Patch

Rye Patch visitors enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing and water-skiing at the recreation areas 22-mile long reservoir on the Humboldt River just west of Interstate 80. Located 22 miles north of Lovelock and 50 miles Southwest of Winnemucca, Exit 129 will take you to the main park entrance, dam and campgrounds. Rye Patch is open year round. The reservoir has 72 miles of shoreline and 11,000 acres of water surface when full. The high water elevation is 4,135 feet.

Star Peak

Star Peak is the highest peak in the Humboldt Range in Pershing County, north-central Nevada, about 30 minutes north of the town of Lovelock. From below, Star Peak looks to be an unremarkable peak, but looks can be deceiving: it is truly a hidden gem should you take the time to explore the range and hike the summit. It is a classic Great Basin Nevada mountain, with all the sage slopes and impressive vistas you could hope for.
Star Peak is one of just 57 peaks in the Lower-48 that exceed 5,000 feet of prominence, and "ultra" peak by that standard. It is also popular with range and county highpointers as well. A poor-quality dirt road works its way high into the range, almost near the range crest, allowing for an easy hiking route, although many people choose to approach this peak from any number of cross country routes.

Lovelock Cave

Lovelock Cave was intermittently occupied by Native Americans from approximately 3,500 years ago until the middle of the 19th century. It is considered by archaeologists to be one of the most important sites in the history of North American archaeology. Unfortunately, in the first decades of the 20th century guano miners removed some 250 tons of material, shipped to a fertilizer company with little regard for the reported “several thousand specimens” of human skeletal remains and cultural artifacts it contained. In later scientific investigations one of the most important discoveries was a cache of canvasback duck decoys, made of marsh grass called tule. Most specimens even had feathers attached.
Today, visitors can take a nature hike around the cave and view the inside of the cave from an observation deck. There are some interpretive panels, picnic benches with shade and a porta-pot at the cave allowing for visitors to linger awhile during their trip.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. There are several caches in the City of Lovelock, as well as the surrounding areas in the county.

Ghost Towns, Fossil Hunting, Rockhounding

There are several sites in Pershing County that were once “bustling” towns in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Take a day trip to Seven Troughs, Tunnel Camp, Scossa, Unionville, Oreana, and others. Most sites are accessible by high profile utility vehicle on a dirt road.
Rockhounding and fossil hunting areas are scattered throughout the county. Some specimens include, garnet, calcite, scheelite, agate geodes, opal, jasper and shells. Make sure that you wear appropriate clothing, tell someone your planned route, and bring plenty of food and water. Stay out of mines!

Rye Patch

Rye Patch visitors enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing and water-skiing at the recreation areas 22-mile long reservoir on the Humboldt River just west of Interstate 80. Located 22 miles north of Lovelock and 50 miles Southwest of Winnemucca, Exit 129 will take you to the main park entrance, dam and campgrounds. Rye Patch is open year round. The reservoir has 72 miles of shoreline and 11,000 acres of water surface when full. The high water elevation is 4,135 feet.

Star Peak

Star Peak is the highest peak in the Humboldt Range in Pershing County, north-central Nevada, about 30 minutes north of the town of Lovelock. From below, Star Peak looks to be an unremarkable peak, but looks can be deceiving: it is truly a hidden gem should you take the time to explore the range and hike the summit. It is a classic Great Basin Nevada mountain, with all the sage slopes and impressive vistas you could hope for.
Star Peak is one of just 57 peaks in the Lower-48 that exceed 5,000 feet of prominence, and "ultra" peak by that standard. It is also popular with range and county highpointers as well. A poor-quality dirt road works its way high into the range, almost near the range crest, allowing for an easy hiking route, although many people choose to approach this peak from any number of cross country routes.

Lovelock Cave

Lovelock Cave was intermittently occupied by Native Americans from approximately 3,500 years ago until the middle of the 19th century. It is considered by archaeologists to be one of the most important sites in the history of North American archaeology. Unfortunately, in the first decades of the 20th century guano miners removed some 250 tons of material, shipped to a fertilizer company with little regard for the reported “several thousand specimens” of human skeletal remains and cultural artifacts it contained. In later scientific investigations one of the most important discoveries was a cache of canvasback duck decoys, made of marsh grass called tule. Most specimens even had feathers attached.
Today, visitors can take a nature hike around the cave and view the inside of the cave from an observation deck. There are some interpretive panels, picnic benches with shade and a porta-pot at the cave allowing for visitors to linger awhile during their trip.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. There are several caches in the City of Lovelock, as well as the surrounding areas in the county.

Ghost Towns, Fossil Hunting, Rockhounding

There are several sites in Pershing County that were once “bustling” towns in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Take a day trip to Seven Troughs, Tunnel Camp, Scossa, Unionville, Oreana, and others. Most sites are accessible by high profile utility vehicle on a dirt road.
Rockhounding and fossil hunting areas are scattered throughout the county. Some specimens include, garnet, calcite, scheelite, agate geodes, opal, jasper and shells. Make sure that you wear appropriate clothing, tell someone your planned route, and bring plenty of food and water. Stay out of mines!

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