If you don't mind a possibly higher price, the regional airport at Elko, Nevada would be the most convenient. Elko features several car rental agencies, but it's still 180 miles north of Ely. If you price-shop, the connecting flights into Elko might even be competitive. Quite often, though, flights in and out of Las Vegas are highly competitive. It's one of the busiest airports in the world.
Although it's a bit further from Ely, the road from Reno to eastern Nevada offers a truly unique experience. Highway 50 roughly parallels the Pony Express Trail. Remnants of the trail are visible for much of the way. This route cuts through the heart of the Great Basin.
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The Bonneville cutthroat trout is the only trout native to Great Basin National Park and East Central Nevada. Ancestors of the current Bonneville cutthroat trout were abundant in ancient Lake Bonneville 16,000 to 18,000 years ago, the remnant of what is now the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the upper teens.
Mainly clear. Low 17F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High near 50F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
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