Yerington, Nevada




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South of Reno and east of Yosemite National Park, Yerington is located in western Nevada, just off the Pony Express National Historic Trail and California National Historic Trail.


Fort Churchill State Historic Park 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. 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.


Yerington’s historic downtown district is charming with shops, restaurants and casinos. 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. From hearty farm-style breakfasts to decadent baked goodies, sumptuous pizza and mouth-watering dinners, there’s a variety of dining options to whet your appetite!


From the local Native American culture to the area’s railroad, mining, medical, pioneer and natural history, Lyon County Museum features historic photos, artifacts and memorabilia representing Yerington, Mason Valley and Lyon County. Yerington Theatre for the Arts is housed in the beautifully restored historic Yerington Grammar School No. 9. This downtown art center is within the Jeanne Dini Cultural Center. Have lunch at the café, and enjoy performing arts, visual art exhibitions and cultural heritage events.


The greater Yerington region is a nature lover, birder, and outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area is home to a variety of wildlife and birds that range from tundra swans in the winter to over 21 species of duck, pelicans, California quail, ring-necked pheasants. Walker River, Walker Lake and Wilson Canyon are other nearby outdoor destinations to explore. Yerington is a hub for geocachers who come from across the country and around the world to search for cache treasures along the numerous geocaching trails.


Main Street in downtown Yerington boasts three different casinos including Dini’s Lucky Club Restaurant & Casino which is the longest family owned and operated casino in Nevada. The casinos make for a fun time and a great place to enjoy a cold one and a meal. It’s convenient that they are all within walking distance from the Yerington Inn.


Local Highlights include: Lyon County Museum, Yerington Theatre for the Arts, Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area, Fort Churchill State Historic Park and Buckland Station, Wilson Canyon.


Regional Highlights include: Lahontan State Recreation Area (approx. 30 miles), Walker Lake (31 miles), Topaz Lake (38 miles), Dayton State Park (approx. 52 miles), Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge (approx.. 70 miles), Washoe Lake (approx. 75 miles), Yosemite National Park (approx. 102 miles), Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (approx. 25-150 miles), Mono Lake CA (approx. 107 miles), Carson-Iceberg Wilderness CA (approx. 107 miles), Mammoth Lakes CA (approx. 120 miles), Devils Postpile National Monument (approx. 157 miles), and Death Valley National Park (approx. 290 miles).


Nearby Cities include: Silver Springs (approx. 33 miles), Fernley (approx.. 47 miles), Dayton (approx. 53 miles), Minden (approx. 55 miles), Gardnerville (approx. 55 miles), Virginia City (approx. 55 miles), Hawthorne (approx. 57 miles), Fallon (approx. 60 miles), Bridgeport CA (approx. 65 miles), Carson City (approx. 65 miles), Lake Tahoe (approx. 75 miles), Sparks (approx. 77 miles), Reno (approx. 80 miles), Tonopah (approx. 160 miles), and Sacramento (approx. 180 miles).


Nearest Airports include: Yerington Airport, Carson City Airport (approx. 62 miles), Reno-Tahoe International Airport (approx. 82 miles).

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