Nevada National Parks
The road to California carried over 250,000 gold-seekers & farmers to the gold fields & rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's - the greatest mass migration in American history. More than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen in the vast undeveloped west - reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American travelers and settlers.
This large desert, nearly surrounded by high mountains, contains the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.
This 77,180-acre Nevada park draws only about 80,000 visitors a year, making it one of the least visited of the US national parks.
Three of America's four desert ecosystems (the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts) meet in this first national recreation area established by an act of Congress.
Take a journey across the Southwest on the Old Spanish National Historic Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles for history, culture, and scenic beauty.
The Pony Express NHT was used by young men on fast horses to carry the nation's mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only ten days. The relay system became the nation's most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph, and it played a vital role in aligning California with the Union in the years just before the Civil War.