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“Worth the trip off I-80!”
Review of Lamoille Canyon

Lamoille Canyon
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Lamoille
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Owner description: Sometimes referred to as Nevada's Yosimite, the canyon is filled with beautiful rock formations.
Southern California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Worth the trip off I-80!”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Beautiful canyon filled with great views and a nice interpretive trail about glaciers.

Visited May 2012
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So Cal
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145 reviews
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

We visited on Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, and nearly had the canyon to ourselves.

It is a spectacular dead end road with sheer sides, waterfalls and glaciers. This was totally unexpected in the middle of the prevailing geography.

Visited May 2012
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Ogden, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Lamoille Canyon - Nevada's Yosemite”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

On a weekend trip to Elko, my husband and I took the short drive out of town to Lamoille Canyon. Part of the 6 million acre Humboldt-Toiyable National Forest, Lamoille Canyon is located on the west side of the Ruby Mountains. It was a week before Memorial Day, and although temperatures were already beginning to get hot in town, the mountains were just beginning to awaken for the short summer season. Quaking aspens were pale yellow-green in their new leafy petticoats, and the higher elevations were still patched with snow. The 12-mile drive up this classic glacier-carved canyon was like a little visit to Yosemite. Towering 10,000-ft+ peaks rise on each side of the U-shaped canyon, with sharp pinnacles protruding in places. The road winds through thick stands of mountain mahogany and quakies, with dramatic vertical cliffs that made us glad we'd dropped the top on our convertible. The creek running through it is dotted with beaver ponds and dams, one pond sporting a prominent lodge. We saw several people fishing. There are a number of small campgrounds and picnic areas if you wish to spend more time exploring. At the uppermost end of this dead end canyon is a large parking area overlooked by soaring, snow-capped peaks. The parking lot has pit toilets (which are scattered throughout the canyon) and hitching posts for horseback riders. Here the trailhead leads off into a spectacular alpine landscape of fir-studded boulder fields. This drive is well worth packing a picnic lunch and spending a few hours if you're in the Elko area - the scenery is jaw-dropping. Don't forget to bring your camera!

If you have more time to spend in the area, another great mountain drive is Angel Lake, at the north end of the Humboldt Mountains, just outside of Wells, NV.

Visited May 2012
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Spring Creek, Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Always a taste of heaven on earth”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

There is no lovelier place in Elko County for exquisite mountain glaciated scenery. Whether it be hiking the trails, picnicing the designated spots, or just driving up the road and back, you are in for a treat of nature at its finest. Picture mixing the Tetons and Yosemite and downsizing it to fit into an easily accessible area just a half hour from Elko. Filled with amazing peaks, streams, waterfalls, and wildflowers in summer....a piece of heaven on earth.

Visited October 2011
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Carlin, Nevada, United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“The Tetons of Nevada”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

The Ruby Mountains are absolutely breathtaking. You really have to come and see these majestic mountains in all their glory. Outstanding!

Visited September 2011
Thank Bob M
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