Whatever your favorite outdoor activity might be, chances are good Cowboy Country offers it in abundance. From excellent hunting and fishing to rock climbing, cross-country and downhill skiing, or just a day out with a picnic basket, the outdoors truly is great here.
Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Nevada Division of Wildlife offices are fine resources for the maps, guide books and advice you'll need to fully enjoy Cowboy Country's outdoor splendor. They'll point you to the fishable streams, stocked reservoirs and ice fishing havens that dot northern Nevada and the hunting areas where roam mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and game birds inhabit. Licenses are required to hunt or fish in Nevada, and are available through Division of Wildlife offices.
If camping is your passion, you'll want to set up your tent at popular places like Rye Patch, 22 miles north of Lovelock, or Wildhorse, an hour north of Elko. Or you may want to try the "Angel Complex" of recreation areas along State Route 231, just outside of Wells. And for a drive of unparalleled beauty, the 12-mile scenic byway that meanders up Lamoille Canyon near Elko is impossible to beat. Flower fanatics will find much to enjoy March through July, as wildflowers bloom in abundance across Cowboy Country.
Cowboy Country reservoirs are playgrounds for watercraft enthusiasts, and many provide boat launches and other amenities for your day out on the water. Always remember to observe safety rules, and be courteous to other boaters, fishermen and water-skiers.
In winter, the skiing moves off the water and into the back country, where cross-country devotees abound. Cowboy Country also presents the incomparable thrill of helicopter skiing the untrammeled heights of the Ruby Mountains, offered by Lamoille's Ruby Mountain Heli-Ski.
The Rubies, and other Cowboy Country ranges, also are heaven for climbers, of both the rock and mountain variety. The craggy peaks are challenges for both the novice and experienced climber, but ask for advice at BLM or Forest Service offices before venturing forth into the high country.
Whatever your outdoor passions, always remember that the spring and summer months, when Cowboy Country recreation is in full swing, are also the months when fire danger is at its height throughout the region.
Be safe and have fun!