What You Need to Know About Nevada

Nevada is the driest state in the entire United States. But did you know that it is absolutely a gem? This is because this amazing state with wonderful communities that have contemporary garage doors has wonderful not-so-hidden secrets that will simply amaze you. Here are just a few:

Nevada is where Mark Twain lived.  

Well-known American writer and humorist Mark Twain, whose real name is Samuel Clemens, lived in Virginia City. He originally arrived in Nevada to get a try at prospecting, to no luck. Fortunately, he was hired as a feature writer at the Virginia City and eventually started writing about novels which include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Area 51 is definitely real.

Area 51 is definitely not just some hocus-pocus. It’s real and it’s out there in the Nevada desert. However, it is quite heavily guarded to keep out tourists and intruders. But, you can always get an inflatable alien or a shot glass from the town of Rachel just to show that you’ve been there.

Half of the United States’ wild horses can be found in Nevada.

There are about 25,000 wild horses and burros that roam Nevada. They are that many that you can definitely see large bands of them anywhere you go in the state. However, if you want to see the most colorful heards, just head off to the Great Basin Desert. If you take Highway 50 out of Carson City, you will definitely see large packs of herds that just graze along the hills. Definitely a must-see.

Most U.S. gold come from Nevada.

Nevada is definitely rich in gold deposits. About 80 percent of gold in the United States come from this state. And if you want to get lucky, why not try panning in a Nevada stream or river and see if you can find some gold yourself.

The largest ichthyosaur fossil was found in Nevada. 

The Nevada desert housed the bones of several ichthyosaurs from the Triassic period some 217 million years ago. The largest fossils were uncovered in 1928 and were about 50 feet in length. They are available for public viewing at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.

Nevada has the best beer and liquor in the United States.

There are over 40 breweries and brewpubs in Nevada and the craft beer scene continues to develop. Nevada takes beer brewing seriously, with distillers produing only tiny batches of beer, not exceeding 10,000 a year, with at least 90 percent of their ingredients coming from the state. Hence, whenever you are in Nevada, check out the Frey Ranch Distillery, the state’s first and only estate distillery and the recently awarded Tenaya Creek Brewery for their Bonanza Brown Ale.

Watch out for the rock formations in Nevada

Nevada has amazing rock formations that have been developed for millions of years. Head off to the Gold Butte region to view the sights or what they call as sandstorms frozen in time. These sandstones were created when the sand dunes were buried and solidified into rock during the Jurassic Perios, some 150-200 million years ago.