Fall Fun in Yerington, Nevada



Celebrate The Arts, Relax in Nature, and Step Back in Time, in Northwest Nevada’s Pony Express Country!


On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Melinda Taylor and Greg Ward of Yerington Inn and Coffee Slingers share an overview of historic Yerington, Nevada, a destination on the Pony Express and California National Historic Trail. 


Located in northwestern Nevada, just off the Pony Express National Historic Trail and on the California National Historic Trail, Yerington is the epitome of “Small Town America.” The historic downtown is a popular resting point for folks traveling Highway 95 between Las Vegas and Reno, and the entire region is a great getaway for nature lovers and history enthusiasts.  

Yerington’s historic downtown district is charming with antique shops, restaurants and casinos, including Dini’s Lucky Club – the oldest family run casino in the state! Spend a few hours taking in the exhibits and artifacts at Lyon County Museum, and visit Yerington Theatre for the Arts to see the current art exhibits, and grab a quick bite.

Fort Churchill State Historic Park (pictured) is a 30 minute scenic drive from Yerington. It was built as a U.S. Army fort in 1861. Tour the ruins, visit the museum and cemetery, picnic, go camping and hike the nature trail, and enjoy various ranger programs. Buckland Station is just down the road from Fort Churchill, and was a supply center and boarding house. You can tour the house and picnic outside. Both sites are part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail and California National Historic Trail.

The surrounding Mason Valley and Smith Valley areas are beautiful with lush farm lands that stretch out to natural areas complete with rugged high desert hillsides and desert shrub lands, wetland ponds and meadows active with birdlife, and wind carved canyons that dip down to cool running waters. With the changing colors in the trees and vegetation, along with the seasonal bird migration, fall is a fantastic time to explore the Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area, Walker River, Walker Lake and Wilson Canyon.

If you’re looking for an authentic yet unique “Small Town America” experience, put Yerington on your travel list!


JIGSAW PUZZLE: Watch our Big Blend Video “It’s Time to Visit Yerington, Nevada,” and then enjoy piecing together this online jigsaw puzzle of Fort Churchill. Use the full screen icon to make it easier. Use your mouse roller or arrow keys to rotate the puzzle pieces and click and drag to put the pieces in place. Use the Image Icon to see the picture and the Ghost Icon to set your workspace.


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