Elko is a thriving city on Interstate 80 in the north-eastern side of Nevada. It is surrounded not only by the towering, craggy and snow-capped Ruby Mountains, often called the Alps of Nevada, but also the lush glacier-carved Lamoille Canyon. There is plenty to do with an abundance of outdoor activities ranging from rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and backpacking – all within minutes of downtown Elko.

Elko is renowned for being where real cowboys live and play, and the Wild West spirit certainly lives on. Cowboys flock to Elko every January for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a celebration of the rural west. July sees the National Basque Festival, which celebrates the rich Basque history and culture in Nevada. The festival is a family run event with traditional food and wine and dancing – making it an experience like no other.

You can still explore Nevada’s history of mining, ranching and native culture by visiting the North-eastern Nevada Museum, the Western Folklife Centre or the Sherman Station Visitor’s Centre. Visitors can also stop in at Capriola’s, one of the most famous saddle makers in the world, and browse the array of leather goods and even see the saddle makers at work.