Economic Development

Northeastern Nevada Quality of Life


Monthly Temperature (F)
2012 2013 2014 Mean
January 29.1 14.1 31.9 25.0
February 30.7 27.5 36.8 31.7
March 40.4 41.2 40.3 40.6
April 48.8 44.4 45.2 46.1
May 54.4 54.5 55.0 54.6
June 64.3 66.8 62.7 64.6
July 74.2 76.8 75.8 75.6
August 73.6 71.5 68.3 71.1
September 63.1 61.1 63.2 62.5
October 48.9 45.2 51.6 48.5
November 39.7 38.7 36.9 38.4
December 28.3 20.6   24.5
Annual 49.6 46.9 51.6 49.4
Monthly Snowfall (inches)
  2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Mean
July 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
August 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
September 0.0 0.0    
October 0.3 0.3 2.9 1.2
November 2.7 1.5 2.8 2.3
December   22.1 4.4 8.8
January 5.9 7.0 0.6 4.5
February 6.5 7.4 1.6 5.2
March 13.4 2.6 5.3 7.1
April 0.2 1.3 2.6 1.4
May 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1
June   0.00 0.00  
Season 29.0 42.2 20.5 30.6
Monthly Precipitation (inches)
2012 2013 2014 Mean
January 0.96 0.69 0.42 0.69
February 0.49 0.56 1.92 0.99
March 1.36 0.47 1.29 1.04
April 0.62 0.48 1.00 0.70
May 0.55 0.47 1.08 0.70
June 0.05 0.19 0.14 0.13
July 0.55 0.45 0.55 0.52
August 0.32 0.35 1.27 0.65
September 0.09 1.19 0.38 0.55
October 0.25 0.60   0.28
November 0.40 0.36 1.15 0.64
December 2.18 0.65   1.42
Annual 7.82 6.46   7.14

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Elko WB Airport, NV

Wind Speed & Direction
Location Prevailing Wind Direction Wind Speed*
Elko Airport W 5.4
Ely Airport S 9.5

Source: Western Regional Climate Center Wind Speed, Wind Direction, *mph, annual average

Location AM PM
Elko 70 37
Ely 66 37

Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Sunny or Partly Sunny Days
Location Sunny Days Partly Sunny Days Sunshine Yearly
Elko 130 99  
Ely 131 109 73%

Source: Current Results Research News & Science Facts

Return to TopSales Tax

County Rate (%)
Elko County 6.850
Eureka County 6.850
White Pine County 7.725

Source: Nevada Department of Taxation

Return to TopHousing

Visit the below links for more information on Northeastern Nevada housing:

Elko County Housing
Eureka County Housing
White Pine County Housing

Return to TopMedical/Health Resources

Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital
Replacing Elko General Hospital and located in Elko, the heart of rural northeastern Nevada, this hospital is brand new and had its grand opening on September 1, 2001. The hospital is a modern 75-bed acute care facility with an adjacent 50,000 sq. ft. medical office building. The facility will have 24-hour emergency services, a full service laboratory, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 24-hour radiology services, and more.

Elko Clinic
Located in a 32,000 square foot facility, Elko Clinic provides primary care in pediatrics, family practice, and internal medicine. Multi-specialties are offered in OBGYN, surgery, and pathology. The facility also has a full laboratory and x-ray department.

Home Health Services of Nevada
Provides skilled nursing care, home health aides, homemaker services, hospice care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical social workers, and speech therapy. Also serves Carlin and Wells.

Carlin Community Health Center
Provides family medicine, preventative health, women's health, children's health and immunizations, health education, prenatal and newborn care and pharmacy services..

Wells Family Medicine
Treatment and management for acute and chronic disease, well-child care visits, women's wellness, physical examinations, diagnosing, prescribing, laboratory and diagnostic imaging.

University of Utah Medical Clinic
Over the years, the University of Utah Medical Clinic's reputation of excellence has grown throughout the Intermountain West and beyond as they have been recognized as one of "America's Best Hospitals".

Nevada Physician Directory
With the help of the Physician Directory, you can make an informed choice of your doctor in the comfort of your own home, without searching through endless information. This site will help you locate, get acquainted with, and choose a new medical service provider in your area. The Physician Directory listings include all types of physicians for all of your medical needs. some listed areas follows, Naturopaths, Osteopath, Oncology, Dermatology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Oncology, Cancer Specialists, Gynecology, Urology, and more.

Emergency Services
Northeastern Nevada has a variety of emergency services including Ambulance, Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments

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Great Basin College
Great Basin College is a member institution of the University and Community College System of Nevada and is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. For 35 years GBC has provided opportunities in higher education for central and northeast Nevadans. The College has also provided specialized training to local businesses and industries such as the mines, hospital, and education. GBC awards certificates of achievement, associate degrees, and select bachelor degrees using a variety of instructional methods. By advancing the academic and professional endeavors of the rural communities and by providing access to quality certificate, associate, and baccalaureate programs, GBC's mission of addressing workforce needs of the regional economy has been enhanced. Currently, the College offers bachelor degrees in elementary education, applied sciences, and integrative and professional studies.

Return to TopCultural Organizations and Recreation

Western Folklife Center
Located in the historic Pioneer Hotel in downtown Elko, the center is dedicated to preserving the rich culture and spirit of the American West. Headquarters for the world re-known Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the center is the site of year-round entertainment and activities, including concerts, music hours, workshops and educational programs for children. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The center is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Northeastern Nevada Museum
Constructed in 1967, the award-winning museum offers visitors a look into the rich history of the region. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Elko Convention Center and Visitors Authority
Provides comfortable meeting and banquet facilities, as well as professional support staff.

Elko Railroad Park
Railroad Park is the site of demonstrations, summer storytelling, music festivals and other activities commemorating the role Elko played in the rail history of our nation.

Sherman Station
Sherman Station contains the main ranch house and outbuildings of the Walther homestead, which consisted of 600 acres in 1875 and served as a stage stop on the old Hill Beachey toll road between Elko and Hamilton. The buildings that comprise Sherman Station include the main ranch house, one-room school house, creamery, blacksmith's shop, and the barns that housed the stage teams and coaches.

Gold Mine Tours
Two of the largest gold mines in the world, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc. & Newmont Gold Company, offer public tours during the spring and summer months.

Summit Raceway
Just one mile outside of Elko, it is the site of weekly stock car races during the summer months.

Spring Creek Horse Palace
Resting in the foothills of the Ruby Mountains just 17 miles southeast of Elko, the Horse Palace boasts an indoor arena where rodeos, horse shows and concerts take place year round.

Lamoille Canyon
Sometimes referred to as the "Yosemite of Nevada," the canyon was heavily carved by glacial activity. A four-stop self guided auto tour with geology interpretive exhibits leads visitors past meadows full of wildflowers, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and avalanche chutes. Nature trails and picnic grounds are available.

A trip to Tuscarora provides visitors with a nostalgic journey back in time. During its peak mining period in 1878, there were 30,000 people living in Tuscarora. Today there are a handful of residents in this almost ghost town, including renowned potter Dennis Parks, who operates the famous Tuscarora Pottery School. Points of interest include the cemetery, historic buildings, a small museum, and the pottery school and gallery which attracts students from around the world.

Ruby Mountains
Reached via the Lamoille Canyon National Scenic Byway, 26 miles southeast of Elko on State Route 227, the Ruby Mountains are described by many as one of America's most beautiful mountain ranges, the Ruby Mountains offer endless miles of hiking trails along rushing waterfalls and fields of blazing wildflowers.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
The Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides visitors with outstanding wildlife observation in a tranquil natural setting. Recreational opportunities include bird watching, photography, hunting, fishing, boating and nearby camping.

Wildhorse State Recreation Area
Wildhorse Recreation Area is comprised of more than 120 acres of outdoor fun and adventure. Boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and an annual ice-fishing derby round out the endless recreational options. The area can be reached 67 miles north of Elko on State Route 225.

South Fork State Recreation Area
Located 16 miles southwest of Elko following State Routes 227 and 228. South Fork is a favorite among locals for all water sports, including boating, water-skiing, and fishing. Camping is available in developed sites.

Ruby View Golf Course
Majestic 18-hole "grand ol' man" of Elko has the look and feel of an exclusive country club - at public course prices.

The Elko area contains the most fishable streams and stocked reservoirs in Nevada. Most waters contain trout, but largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and catfish are also plentiful.

Elko County is a hunter's paradise. The majority of the State's mule deer and sage grouse are harvested within the county. The area is well known for chukar and Hungarian Partridge. Other big game animals include pronghorn antelope, elk, and California and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

Mountain Biking
There are a variety of mountain trails to choose from for every skill level from novice to the experienced rider looking for a challenge.

Off Highway Vehicle Traveling
The majority of Elko County is classified as "open" to off-road vehicle use. Opportunities vary from well maintained gravel roads to hundreds of miles of primitive, back country "two-tracks." visitors are encouraged to follow the "Tread Lightly" guidelines.


Lehman Caves
Lehman Caves is a beautiful limestone cave with intriguing, unusual formations. Lehman Caves is one of the best places to see rare shield formations. Over 300 shields are known in Lehman Caves, more than any other cave. All of the cave is profusely decorated; stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and other formations cover almost every surface of the cave.

Cave Lake State Park
Cave Lake State Park is 15 miles southeast of Ely via U.S. 50/6/93 and Success Summit Road. The 32-acre reservoir at Cave Lake State Park is popular for trout fishing, boating, picnicking and camping. Perched in the middle of the Schell Creek Range, adjacent to the Humboldt National Forest at an elevation of 7,300', the park offers outstanding scenic views and opportunities for nature study and photography. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat launch. Winter sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing and ice skating are also available. Weather permitting, Cave Lake is open all year.

Nevada Northern Railway Museum
The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, interpretation and operation of the Nevada Northern Railway historic facilities, yards, and rail collection. This evolving museum gives people the opportunity to experience a world class historic working railroad.

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is known for its six historic charcoal ovens. These beehive-shaped ovens were used in the late 19th century to generate charcoal for use in the mines of nearby Ward. Today, the park offers limited facilities for picnicking and camping. Other features include forested woodlands, lush riparian areas and outstanding views of the Steptoe Valley and surrounding mountains. The park is located seven miles south of Ely via U.S. 50/6/93, then 11 miles southwest on Cave Valley Road. Cave Valley Road is a graded dirt road, accessible by passenger vehicles from May through October.

White Pine Golf Course
The White Pine County Golf Course is located just north of beautiful Ely, Nevada just off Highway 93 across from the Fairgrounds. With spectacular views of the Schell Creek Mountain Range on the east and the Egan Mountain Range to the southwest, you'll find a wonderful place to slow down, relax and play a few rounds. This is a regulation 18-hole, par 72, 6,843 yard golf course.

White Pine Public Museum
Acquisitions include: Historical Photographs - collections depict early towns, people, buildings, mines, businesses and lifestyles of the people of White Pine County and historical documents including newspapers, journals, ledgers, record books, maps, etc. to aid those researching White Pine County, NV.

Eureka Opera House
Built in 1880 and recently restored, the Eureka Opera House offers a unique experience for meeting and convention goers. You can enjoy full convention and meeting services while relaxing in a small town atmosphere. The modern meetings facilities and excellent service will make meetings, special events and conferences a pleasurable experience for participants.

The Eureka Sentinel Museum
The Eureka Sentinel Museum is housed in the 1879 Eureka Sentinel Newspaper Building. This structure was used as the Newspaper Office and residence from 1879 until 1960. The ground floor of the building was made into a county historical museum in 1982. In June of 2000 the museum expanded to include both floors of the building. The Eureka Sentinel Museum interprets the history of Eureka. On the ground floor you will find a complete press room from the 1800's complete with posters that were printed by the Eureka Sentinel and then plastered on the press room walls.


Return to TopAnnual Events

Name Date
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering January
Copper Classic Ice Fishing Derby February
Annual Ranch Hand Rodeo April
Senior Pro Rodeo May
Elko Mining Expo June
Lamoille Country Fair June
Basque Festival July
Elko County Fair August
Eureka County Fair August
White Pine County Fair August
Trains, Planes, & Automobiles August
Silver State Classic Challenge September
Nevada Day Parade October
Festival of Trees December
Christmas in the Night Time Skies December
Parade of Lights December
Chamber Holiday Party December
Khoury's Winterfest December

Return to TopPublic Safety

  Population Northeastern Nevada Crime Rate Western States Crime Rate* National Crime Rate
2013 64,344 20.50 N/A N/A
2012 62,373 20.97 33.41 32.65
2011 63,209 21.80 33.52 33.11
2010 63,209 17.95 33.06 33.66
2009 59,341 20.82 34.07 34.86

Source: State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety. Crime rate based on the occurrence of an index offense per 1,000 residents of the area. *Western States consist of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.