Genuine solitude can be found in the wide open Central Region of Nevada. The 1860's Pony Express route (from California to Missouri) stretches through here along U.S. Hwy 50 (not shown on map), which is lined with just a few small towns.
History, from ancient to the 19th century, is much of what this region is about. Four-thousand-year-old bristlecone pines can be seen at Great Basin National Park, as well as six-thousand-year old petroglyphs at Grimes Point Archeological Site.
The town of Ely, boasts evidence of more recent history in its Railroad Museum, rail yards and train depot. Eureka, a well-preserved 19th-century mining town founded in 1864, still has many of its original buildings, and Austin (where silver was discovered in 1862) offers three historic churches.
Outdoor recreation activities of the area include mountain biking the Hot Creek, Toiyabe and Toquma mountain ranges, and riding sand buggies or dirt bikes at Sand Mountain, a 600-foot-high sand dune.