- Route 50 in Nevada, the "loneliest road in America"
- Nevada is the most arid state of the nation, but its name is from Spanish for "snow clad" referring to the Sierra Nevada on its southwestern border
- well into the first half of the 19th century, the lonely land just east of the Sierra Nevada remained an enigma
- Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, with enough water to cover the state of New York to a depth of one foot
- Nevada receives less than 10 inches of rain a year but has an amazing diversity of plants and wildlife: cactus, yucca, sage, brush plants, mule deer, cormorants, white pelicans
- outside of Alaska, the federal government owns more of Nevada than any other state, 85%+
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