Central Region

Much of the Central looks just as it did when the pioneers traveled west more than a century ago.

It is home to the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge—the largest wildlife range in the U.S.—and, the Extraterrestrial Highway and Area 51. 

The region supports tourism, renewable energy defense-related industries.

The Central Region consists of Alamo, Amargosa Valley, Beatty, Caliente, Gabbs, Goldfield, Hawthorne, Pahrump, Panaca, Pioche, Rachel, Round Mountain, Tonopah,and Yerington.




Esmeralda County

See Esmeralda County data sheet

Esmeralda County is located halfway between Reno and Las Vegas, is the home to many mining communities and ghost towns. Surrounded by rugged mountain wilderness, vast open basins and rich mines. Esmeralda County offers a variety of spectacular scenery, a comfortable lifestyle and an excellent business climate. Goldfield, the principal city of Esmeralda County, is in fact a gold field of opportunity for businesses.Esmeralda County is an excellent place to do business because of its unlimited rural expanses and outstanding recreational opportunities, attractive, moderate cost of living, mild climate, excellent location and transportation network, quality schools and educational environment, favorable, pro-business tax structure, and ample industrial and residential land.

Goldfield is located 186 miles north of Las Vegas and 265 miles south of Reno on U.S. Highway 95. It is approximately 26 miles south of Tonopah. To the west, Esmeralda County borders the state of California.



RDA: Nye County RDA

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Nye County has a population of more nearly 40,000 and offers a quiet quality of life. Mining, service and government are the largest industries in the county and industries are supported by strong transportation links to California. Nye County has numerous golf courses and mining ghost towns, and hosts annual professional off-road competitions. Additionally, the area is in close proximity to Death Valley and its endless recreational opportunities.

Tonopah is located 239 miles south-east of Reno/Sparks and 207 miles northwest of Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 95 and 6 and State Route 376. Nye County, the third largest county in the United States, totals 18,064 square miles. To the south, Nye County borders the state of California.




See Lincoln County data sheet

Lincoln County offers a nice blend of scenic and historic qualities with small towns scattered throughout its lines. With a population of approximately 3,800, the area is a nice retreat from the large populations of the big cities. Lincoln County also offers quality education with above average ACT scores. Recreational opportunities are expansive in the five state parks within the county.

Located in southeastern Nevada, the quiet town of Caliente is the only incorporated community in Lincoln County. Shaded by beautiful cottonwood trees, the residential area has a friendly hometown feel.
Evidence of the historical roots of this railroad town can be seen in its mission-style Caliente Railroad station. City offices, an art gallery, library and a unique mural in the old Amtrak waiting room now occupy the railroad depot. A picturesque line of "company row" houses are located just northeast of downtown. Town services include restaurants, gas stations, motels, a small casino and a variety of stores. A new office building in town, the U.S. Department of the Interior-Bureau of Land Management offers visitor information for travelers.
Caliente is conveniently located within some of the most beautiful country in the state. To the south is magnificent Rainbow Canyon, with the oasis-like setting of Kershaw-Ryan State Park just 2 miles south of the city center. Within 50 miles of the town are four other state parks: Beaver Dam, Cathedral Gorge, Spring Valley, and Echo Canyon.

The town of Alamo is located in southern Lincoln County, just 90 miles north of Las Vegas. This friendly community includes a cafe, grocery store, church, motels, service stations, emergency services and a landing strip for small private airplanes. It is the social and business center of the rich Pahranagat Valley and home to the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.

A quaint Mormon farming community dating back to the 1860's, Panaca is the oldest surviving town in eastern Nevada. Rich in tradition and agricultural beauty, many of today's townspeople are direct descendants of the original settlers. Visitors interested in 19th century architecture can enjoy a variety of beautifully designed buildings.

Much in contrast to its colorful past, Pioche today attracts new residents with its friendly, picturesque hometown appeal. Pioche is the Lincoln County seat, the courthouse a prominent fixture of the town. With full amenities, Pioche offers good food, lodging, shopping, automotive and emergency services. The towns recreation center includes park and picnic facilities, a swimming pool and a baseball diamond. A nine-hole golf course is under construction and will open soon.

Originally called "Sandy" because of its long expanse of sand, Rachel is the youngest town in Nevada and is considered the"UFO Capital of the World." The town was named after Rachel Jones, the first child born in the community founded by D.C. Day in 1978. The community has been featured in magazines, books, television shows and many major newspapers as the center of UFO activity, drawing Sci-Fi fans and visitors from all over the world. The result of this publicity was the renaming of Highway 375 as " The Extraterrestrial Highway" by the Nevada State Legislature. For the inquisitive, part of the Nevada Test Site is situated in southwestern Lincoln County, close to Rachel. However, for obvious reasons, there are no guided tours and warning signs are posted for visitors who get a little too curious.

*Source: Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce



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