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A historic town and frontier fort await the visitor along this back country drive. The byway begins at Fort Churchill, 35 miles east of Carson City. Fort Churchill was established in 1860 to protect the Pony Express main line. In 1957, the fort became part of the Nevada State Park system. Leaving the fort, head west on Nevada State Highway 2B for 21 miles along the tree-lined Carson River to Dayton. The road follows the route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Turn south at Dayton and travel 29 miles through the rugged Pine Nut Mountains, climbing steeply above Eldorado Canyon and passing through the Como Mining District and dropping down to Wellington on Highway 208. This scenic desert off-road driving tour parallels the Carson River and climbs into the rugged Pine Nut Mountains. Four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles are recommended for the climb over the Pine Nut Mountains. It takes roughly four to five hours to drive this byway.

Directions: From Carson City, Travel northeast on Highway 50 for 35 miles. The byway begins at Fort Churchill.

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Telephone Number: (916) 978-4400
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