NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Nevada's Great Basin Highway


If you're travelling to the convention from the pacific northwest, southwest, Texas or TAG areas, you'll most likely travel to Ely on the Great Basin Highway. Several points along this scenic route will be included in our geology field trips. Be prepared for warm weather in the southern part of the state, but don't worry - it cools off dramatically as you move north into the Great Basin.

"Great Basin Highway" is the name for U.S. Route 93 in Nevada. It begins at the Mike O'Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge in Boulder City. The highway overlaps U.S. Route 95 for 3.2 miles from an interchange between downtown Boulder City and the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino to Interstate 215. It runs to the Las Vegas Valley passing through the cities of Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. U.S. 93 merges with Interstate 15 and overlaps it for approximately 21 miles. After overlapping I-15, U.S. 93 heads northwest towards Alamo.

Near Crystal Springs, U.S. 93 curves right while intersecting State Routes 318 and 375. U.S. 93 continues east to mountainous terrain to the town of Caliente. The highway turns left to go north to Pioche. 80 miles later, the highway turns left at an intersection with U.S. Routes 6 and 50. From State Route 318 to the US Routes 6 and 50 intersection, the highway is a Nevada Scenic Byway. Near Ely, the three U.S. routes separate. U.S. 6 turns left before the intersection U.S. 50 and 93 separate, heading southwest. U.S. 50 and 93 separate, with route 50 heading northwest towards Austin, Nevada and route 93 heading northeast.

In Lages Station, U.S. 93 turns left, while U.S. 93 Alternate continues straight. In Wells, U.S. 93 intersects Interstate 80. The highway continues into Idaho after passing through Jackpot.

Audio Tour Map

Click on the following map icons to play or download the Great Basin Highway audio tour guides...

Audio Tour

Audio compliments of Nevada Commission on Tourism






To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit on Nevada's Great Basin Highway, please travel with care. Remember, this is a high mountain desert environment with open range highways, so please be prepared. For additional road condition information, you may call the Nevada Department of Transporation at 775-888-7000 or visit their website.
Extended stretches of this highway are without gas stations, mobile phone service or even radio stations. Then again, that's true for all cave trips, so you should be just fine.

Audio Tour Track List

If you want to download this entire album (or even some classic ghost stories) for your Nevada road trip, check out the Freebies & Fun stuff section of our website.





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Tour Introduction:
Highway 93 Audio

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Hoover Dam

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Boulder City

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Henderson & Las Vegas

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Interstate 15 & Highway 93

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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

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Alamo

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Pahroc Summit

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Caliente

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Panaca

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Pioche

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Pony Springs

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Majors Place

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Ward Charcoal Ovens

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Ely, Nevada

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Schellbourne

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West Wendover

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Currie

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Wells

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Henry

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Jackpot