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Over a century ago, the town of Winnemucca was little more than a stopover point for weary travelers following the gold trail. With the Humboldt River twisting about, it offered water and supplies to the thousands who would wend their way through the treacherous routes of the Great Basin. Today, this high-desert hub still offers those same amenities. But with 24-hour gaming, a multitude of recreational opportunities, a rich and still-enduring history, and agricultural, mining and other industrial centers, Winnemucca is no longer simply a stopover point. No, truly in Winnemucca—there’s more than meets the eye. Winnemucca continues to be a gateway of sorts to the Great Basin, with Idaho and Oregon to the north, Salt Lake City to the east and Reno and the Bay Area to the southwest. Located at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 95, Winnemucca is the seat of Humboldt County and half of the county’s 18,000 residents live within the city’s limits.
Winnemucca has five major casinos with exciting 24-hour gaming action, including slots, table games, live keno and sportsbooks. Over 1,150 rooms can accommodate any kind of traveler, and a full menu of restaurants can appease any appetite, including three that serve up traditional Basque fare. Nestled between mountains to the south and sand dunes to the north, Winnemucca offers a host of great recreational opportunities. It’s just a short trip to some of the best mountain biking in the West. The 36-mile long “Bloody Shins Trail,” as the Winnemucca Trail System is affectionately called, is located on the south side of Interstate 80 along the Sonoma Mountain Range.
Good hunting abounds throughout Humboldt County. Deer, chukar, sagehen, duck, geese, quail, dove, pheasant and antelope are all plentiful. Numerous fishing grounds are stocked with trout, catfish, crappie and walleye.
Rockhounds appreciate the local mines and mineral resources, including the Royal Peacock Opal Mines near Denio, and locals and visitors alike enjoy the sand dunes, trap shooting, boating, water skiing, archery, hiking, horseback riding, camping, rock climbing, scenic drives, wildlife viewing and off-road adventure.