Nevada's Pony Express Territory is a 17 million acre expanse of stark but beautiful desert landscape highlighted by Great Basin National Park and the charming Old West towns of Dayton, Fallon, Fernley, Austin, Eureka, and Ely that once marked stops on the Pony Express Trail. You can see it all cruising along the Nevada stretch of US Route 50the Lonliest Road in Americawhich runs right through Pony Express Territory from east to west.
The centerpiece of Great Basin National Park is spectacular Wheeler Peak, which at 13,063 feet is the second-highest mountain in Nevada. Open from June to September, the 11-mile scenic drive leads you up the mountain through juniper and pinion pinecovered hills at 7,000 feet through stands of mahogany and spruce to the brilliant colors of aspen at the drive's 10,000 foot plateau.
Otherworldly limestone formations like these bulbous, radish-shaped stalactites are found throught Lehman Caves. Great Basin Natonal Park's most popular attraction, the caves were carved by rushing underground waters over millions of years.