Places to Visit: Fallon Nevada

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Located less than 3 hours from Lake Tahoe, Fallon offers historical sites, such as petroglyphs and relics of the Emigrant Trail, and outdoor recreation (surf Sand Mountain!). Read More

  • Located 90 miles due east of Lake Tahoe on Highway 50.
  • Once a remote crossroads along the Emigrant Trail, Fallon still serves a similar purpose as an "oasis in the desert."
  • Visit archaeological sites at Grimes Point and Hidden Cave.
  • Get a taste of more recent history at Churchill County Museum.


Since its earliest days as an incorporated town, Fallon has been an agricultural community located in Nevada's expansive desert climate. Thanks to the federal Reclamation Act at the turn of the 20th century, and subsequent civil engineering projects, including Derby Diversion Dam, Truckee Canal and Lahontan Dam, which provide irrigation to the region, homesteaders flocked to this agricultural haven.


Located in Lahontan Valley in the Great Basin, Fallon sits about 90 miles east of South Lake Tahoe and 390 miles northwest of Las Vegas.


Considering Fallon's relative remoteness (it is located on Nevada's Highway 50, called the" Loneliest Road in America"), the town offers all the amenities of an "oasis in the desert" as the town's slogan boasts. Whether you are traveling through and need auto services or need something to eat, Fallon's got you covered. If you are putting in roots to stay a while, you will find a variety of lodging facilities and plenty of things to do in the greater-Fallon area. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (775) 423-2544 for comprehensive information.


Recreation and historical intrigue abounds in the greater Fallon area. Visit:

  • Lahontan State Recreation Area for camping, fishing and boating
  • Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge which provides wetland habitat for many species of migratory birds
  • Sand Mountain, 25 miles east of Fallon, a recreation fee area that offers sand dunes to OHV riders
  • Hidden Cave, 15 miles east, discovered by archeaologists and offering artifacts to explore on-site
  • Grimes Point, 15 miles east, which has an interpretive trail exploring ancient petroglyphs
  • Churchill County Museum, which provides a comprehensive look at early days, including Native American artifacts and relics of the Emigrant Trail and the Pony Express 

Getting Here

Getting to Fallon from South Lake Tahoe is easy. Follow Highway 50 northeast along Lake Tahoe and on toward Carson City. From Carson City, continue for about 50 miles on Highway 50.