In July 1986, Life magazine described Nevada’s Highway 50 from Ely to Fernley as the “Loneliest Road in America.” Life said there were no attractions or points of interest along the 287-mile stretch of road and recommended that drivers have “survival skills” to travel the route.

But Nevadans knew better. They knew that Highway 50 was wide and open — but also one of the state’s most scenic and historic corridors. They knew it retraced the route of the Pony Express and Overland Stagecoach trails and passed through some of the best-preserved 19th century mining towns in the state. They also knew it was filled with recreational opportunities ranging from riding off-road vehicles on the slopes of Sand Mountain to mountain biking on trails around Austin.

And they knew it really wasn’t so lonely.

The Highway 50 Survival Guide is a challenge to travelers to learn for themselves about America’s Loneliest Road. Take the trip across Nevada’s heartland, stop in any five of the seven largest towns (AustinDaytonEurekaElyFallonFernley, and Baker) to get your Official Highway 50 Survival Guide validated and discover it for yourself. If you dare.

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Highway 50 Survival Guide Stamp Locations

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Carson City
Visitors Bureau

716 N. Carson Street

Carson City
 of Commerce
1900 S. Carson Street #100


City of Fernley
595 Silverlake Boulevard

Comfort Suites
595 Mesa Drive

Fernley Chamber
of Commerce
70 N. West Street

Pioneer Crossing
1705 Highway 50A

Wig Wam
225 W. Main Street

Lazy Inn
325 W. Main Street

Quick Stop
360 US Highway 95A

Jackson Gas Station
210 US Highway 50

1400 US Highway 95A

855 E. Main Street


Dayton Area
Chamber of Commerce

555 Highway 50 East

Dayton Museum
485 Shady Lane

Dayton Valley Gas & Liquor
105 Highway East

Dayton RV Park
75 Pike Street

Pony Expresso
655 E, Highway 50, E, #5


America’s Best Value Inn
1051 W. Williams Avenue

Best Western
1035 W. Williams Avenue

BonanzaCasino/Super 8
855 W. Williams Avenue

Comfort Inn
1830 W. Williams Avenue

1755 W. Williams Avenue

Cold Springs Station
52300 Austin Highway

Fallon Chamber
85 N. Taylor Streetr

Holiday Inn Express
55 Commercial Way

JD Sliders Steakhouse
855 W. Williams Avenue

Nugget Casino
70 S. Maine Street

Fallon RV Park
5787 Reno Highway

Overland Hotel
125 E. Center Street

Sage Valley RV Park
4800 Reno Hwy

Speedway Gas Station
1000 W. Williams Avenue

Stockmans Casino
1560 W. Williams Ave.

Fallon Visitor Center
100 Campus Way

1960 W. Williams Avenue

Value Inn
180 W. Williams Avenue



Dory’s Chevron
16 Main Street

Nevada Blue
Rock & Gem

46 Main Street

Jason’s Art Gallery
45 Main Street

Cafe & Bar

59 Main Street

Cozy Mountain Motel
40 Main Street

Lincoln Motel
28 Main Street

Lander Lumber
95 Main Street

Austin Court House
122 Main Street

Pony Canyon Shell
134 Main Street

Toiyabe Cafe
8150 Main Street

Last Chance Saloon
55 Main Street

Trading Post
896 Main Street

Union Street Lodging
63 Union Street


Eureka Opera House
731 S. Main Street

Eureka Court House
10 S. Main Street

Eureka Sentinel Museum
10 N. Monroe Street

Eureka Post Office
51 S. Main Street

Economic Development

701 S. Main Street

 S. Main Street

10097 Main Street

Owl Club
61 N. Main Street

Best Western
251 N. Main Street

Raines Market
 N. Main Street


Convention Center
150 6th Street

Economy Drug
696 Aultman Street

Garnet Mercantile
363 Aultman Street

Hotel Nevada
501 Aultman Street

Jailhouse Motel
5th & High Street

KOA of Ely
Great Basin Boulevard
(3 miles south of Ely)

Motel 6
770 Avenue O

La Quinta Inn
1591 Great Basin Boulevard

Nevada Northern
Railway Museum

1100 Avenue A

Ramada Inn/
Copper Queen

805 Great Basin Boulevard

Silver Sage Travel Center
960 S Pioche Highway

White Pine
Chamber of Commerce

636 Aultman Street


Great Basin
Heritage Area

87 Baker Avenue

The Border Inn
Highway 6 & Highway 50