Visit the Great Basin National Park on the County's eastern border. Climb majestic Wheeler Peak that is over 13,000 feet in elevation, or see many beautiful sites found in the park such as Lehman Caves and Stella Lake.
Lehman Caves is a beautiful marble cave ornately decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and over 300 rare shield formations.
An ascent of Wheeler Peak provides an exhilerating experience for visitors in good physical condition. The trail to the top is 8.6 miles long, and the elevation gain is an amazing 2,900 feet.
Stella Lake is one of the six subalpine lakes found in Great Basin National Park. The Alpine Lakes Loop Trail (2.7 miles) passes Stella and Teresa Lakes, with great views of Wheeler Peak.
Lexington Arch is one of the largest limestone arches in the western United States. This six-story arch was created by the forces of weather working slowly over the span of centuries.
Cave Lake State Park is a year-round park that offers outstanding recreational opportunities. It features a 32-acre reservoir and provides excellent trout fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping and picnicking.
Spend an afternoon rock hounding at Garnet Hill. Garnet Hill is nationally known for its very dark colored garnets found in a flow banded rhyolitic volcanic rock.
The Ruby Lake Refuge was established primarily to protect migratory birds and other native wildlife. Freshwater marsh is the dominant habitat and what primarily attracts the wildlife for which the Refuge was established.
Hercules Gap is a limestone slot canyon that is split by a low traffic paved road. It has become a very popular site for climbers and explorers.
Comins Lake is actually a catch basin fed by several streams and springs. Fishing is allowed year around. Daily and possession limits are 5 trout and 5 black bass. There is no limit on northern pike.
Swamp Cedar Natural Area
Swamp Cedar Natural Area is about 39 miles east of Ely. It is a natural preserve and discourages tourism. An unusual phreatophyte, locally referred to as 'Swamp Cedar', is being preserved here. This tree has been tentatively identified as a variety of the Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus Scopulorum). There are only two localities where this phreatophyte has been observed.
Pinyon Tree - pinenut crop
The low, dry slopes of the Great Basin are ideal for the slow-growing pinyon pines. An abundant crop of pinenuts can be harvested every year.