While many visitors think of the desert surrounding Las Vegas as the scenery that makes up the state of Nevada, the truth is that there is actually all kinds of gorgeous scenery – and you don’t have to travel up to Lake Tahoe by Carson City to find it. There are many amazing mountains and forests throughout different parts of the state, and in eastern Nevada you’ll really be missing out if you don’t take some time to visit Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and see everything it has to offer.
The largest National Forest outside of the state of Alaska, this major Nevada park is also extremely unique in how it is setup. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is not only extremely large, but it’s not set up as one single forest. There are multiple sections scattered throughout Nevada and even parts of eastern California. This non-contiguous forest arrangement includes 10 different ranger districts that stretch across the state through 19 total counties in two states.
Mountains go hand in hand with these often alpine forests, and depending on what part of the Forest you are visiting you might be heading into mountain ranges like the Santa Rosa Mountains that are found in northern Nevada while the Spring Mountains are better known because of their proximity to Vegas. Each area offers beautiful natural scenery, breath taking forests, and a wide variety of outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, camping, wildlife watching, and possibly more (depending on which part of this massive forest you are visiting). The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is never short on adventures to offer
Dozens Of Trailheads
An official government website (recreation.gov) lists literally dozens upon dozens of different trailheads that are only associated with Nevada’s stunning national forest, and there are basic maps and descriptions of each. With so many sections there will be very different experiences when it comes to each one. Some are very basic and easy for beginners and even families with small children, others are for seasoned backpackers looking for that challenging and powerful experience.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is also remarkable because it is open with different activities throughout all four seasons. Spring, summer, fall, or winter – there are so many things to experience during every season and makes every part of this National Forest an interesting adventure just waiting to happen.
In fact, there are many great vacations and trips that can be designed just to explore the park going from one section to another, experiencing the unique offerings of each individual area. This can be one long trip or even a multi-year adventure, each year taking on 2-3 sections and really exploring them before moving on to the next section the next year or the next time of vacation.
Come Visit Today!
There’s no denying the enjoyment that so many visitors get from seeing what Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has to offer. Hunting, hiking, camping, exploring, there’s just so much to see and interact with but all of it has one thing in common: the relaxation and enjoyment that comes from just getting away for a while.