U.S. 6, Nevada (The Other Loneliest Road in America)

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay

U.S. Highway 6 across Nevada lacks the scenic beauty of U.S. 50, probably why it missed out on being designated "The Loneliest Road in America," but it's a worthy competitor. Between Ely and Tonopah there is virtually nothing.

Geologically, the most interesting area is near the midpoint, where cinder cones on a drainage divide sent flows in both directions.
Finally, approaching Tonopah, the White Mountains come into view.

At the northern end of the White Mountains are Montgomery Peak in California, the leftmost of the two sharp peaks, and Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada. The state line, entirely by chance, runs through the saddle between the peaks.
Views of Montgomery and Boundary Peaks.

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Created 14 July 2012, Last Update 06 June 2020