WALKER LAKEMiles of SANDY BEACHES provide access to boating, water and jet skiing, and camping. The lake is a desert terminal water body, one of only four or five in the world and one of two in Nevada. In prehistoric times, it was part of Lake Lahontan that covered much of the state, including the area around Fallon and Pyramid Lake. Near the town of WALER LAKE, Highway 95 winds across awesome CLIFFS with turnouts for lake viewing. BIGHORN SHEEP can sometimes be seen in the area. The lake is overlooked by MT. GRANT, towering 11,245 feet high.
CAMPINGToday there are four federal and state campgrounds on the west side of the lake, just off Highway 95. Some have shaded tables with grills and fire pits and rest rooms. A minimal fee is charged at Sportsman's Beach. Note the signs there indicating lake levels at various years. Hiking, rock hounding, and wildlife viewing are added benefits.
WILDLIFEIn addition to pelicans and gulls, seasonal birds such as cormorants, grebes, plovers, ducks, and geese stop over on their migratory flights. Other wildlife you may see include hawks, coyotes, foxes, bighorn sheep, wild mustangs, and an occasional eagle, mountain lion or bear.
4 X 4 OHV ROADS AND TRAILS
Over 1,000 miles of 4 wheel drive trails and roads, many of which can be traveled by passenger car during the summer. See our Off Roading Routes tab at the top of this website and or for additional trails go to our sister website, www.minatrails.com.
Mineral County is OHV and ATV friendly, and we attract enthusiasts from neighboring states. In addition, Hawthorne has a competitive BMX track.
GHOST TOWNS AND MINING CAMPSAmong them, Rawhide, Candelaria, Marietta, and Aurora are accessible by passenger car in summer. Others, like Cabin under the Rock, require 4 wheel drive or ATVs. Marietta is home to a national wild burrow range. Fletcher Station, near Aurora, was once a stage stop. A cool water spring gushes from a lava bed, part of Aurora Crater.
UNIQUE MUSEUMSThe COUNTY MUSEUM displays geologic and historic items from Mineral County's prehistoric and mining past. Memorabilia from the WWII town of Babbitt is also featured. Our resident historian, Sue Silver, has published five volumes about Mineral County's history. The ORDNANCE MUSEUM displays wartime ammunition and military gear; it is one of only a few of its kind in the country.
GATEWAY TO THE SIERRAWithin a few hours, one departing from Hawthorne can visit Mono Lake, Yosemite, the Mammoth ski area, many Sierra lakes, Bridgeport, and the ghost town of Bodie.