Nevada Map

State Coordinator
Samantha Szesciorka 
Silver Springs, Nevada

General Overview of Trail
Nevada is a state of extremes. It has the least rainfall of any state, one of the smallest populations, and twenty-eight north-south mountain ranges that wrinkle the floor of the Great Basin. In total Nevada has over 100 mountain ranges, making it the most mountainous state in the nation. Its mines have produced vast amounts of silver, gold, and copper. Most of its rivers drain into “sinks” without outlets where the water evaporates, leaving alkali mud flats and dry lakes. Yet, it is one of the most visited of the fifty states, thanks to Reno and Las Vegas.

The name Nevada comes from a Spanish word meaning “snow-clad,” and it is appropriate since some of the state’s highest peaks can receive up to 225 inches of snow annually. Commonly known as the Silver State, Nevada is also nicknamed the Sagebrush State. It is the fourteen mountain ranges and the wide sagebrush-covered valleys in between them that the traveler along the American Discovery Trail will come to know and remember best.

Detailed Trail Description
The trail in Nevada is composed of nine segments totalling 496 miles, largely on isolated, relatively unused dirt roads.

Utah State Line (Baker) to Preston — 87.4 miles
Preston to Duckwater — 45 miles
Duckwater to Moores Station — 55.5 miles
Moores Station to Pine Creek Campground — 43.9 miles
Pine Creek Campground to South Twin Campground — 36.2 miles
South Twin Campground to Ione — 43.7 miles
Ione to Middlegate — 40.7 miles
Middlegate to Virginia City — 98.9 miles
Virginia City to California Line — 44.6 miles

For more details on the route, click here.

The most up-to-date, detailed trail directions are published in the ADT Data Books.

Affiliated Trails

  • Tahoe Rim Trail
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail
  • Mount Jefferson Trail
  • Toiyabe National Recreation Trail


  • Humboldt National Forest
  • Toiyabe National Forest


  • Great Basin National Park
  • Cave Lake State Park
  • Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park
  • Currant Mountain Wilderness Area
  • Alta Toquima Wilderness Area
  • Arc Dome Wilderness Area
  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
  • Sand Mountain Recreation Area
  • Grimes Point National Historic Site
  • Fort Churchill Historical State Park
  • Washoe Lake State Park
  • Mt. Rose Wilderness Area
  • Lake Tahoe State Park
  • Table Mountain Wilderness Area

Points of Interest

  • Ward Charcoal Oven State Historic Site
  • Water Canyon
  • White River Valley
  • Freeland Canyon
  • Blackrock Canyon
  • Railroad Valley
  • Duckwater Shoshone Reservation
  • Big Sand Spring Valley
  • Big Smoky Valley
  • Reese River Valley
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Virginia City Historical Area
  • Sand Mountain Recreation Site
  • Round Mountain Townsite
  • Tahoe Meadows Trailhead
  • Pony Express Stations
    • Weeks (Buckland, Ft. Churchill)
    • Hooten Well
    • Sand Springs
    • Carson Sink
    • Desert Station
    • Cold Springs
  •  Ely, Nevada Mountain Biking
  • Trans Nevada Trail

Adjoining Trail States:  California Utah