Rainbow Canyon near Caliente, Nevada

Caliente, Nevada

Kershaw Ryan State Park near Caliente, Nevada

 

Old train in front of Mission Depot in Caliente, NV

Caliente is a small town located on US 93 and is a welcome rest stop for those traveling this highway between Ely (to the north) and Las Vegas (to the south) or coming into Nevada through Utah on Nevada SR 319 through Panaca. Traveling south, Caliente is the last stop for gas or other necessities until Alamo which is 70 miles along US 93. Yet Caliente is more than just a handy place to replenish yourself and your vehicle's fuel tank. As a town rich in history, Caliente has many stories to tell and was one of the favorite writing spots for western novelist Zane Grey.

Caliente is a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors. There are many interesting places to drive, hike, bike, and ride. There are four Nevada State Parks nearby: Cathedral Gorge State Park is 17 miles north on US 93, Beaver Dam State Park is 31 miles north and east (go 6 miles north then turn east onto the Beaver Dam Road), Kershaw-Ryan State Park is just 2 miles south down Rainbow Canyon and the Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site is 18 miles down Rainbow Canyon. Tours of the Elgin Schoolhouse are given by appointment only and may be arranged by contacting the Park Ranger at Kershaw-Ryan State Park, telephone number 775-726-3564. Stop at the Bureau of Land Management office on the south side of town and pick up trail guides and brochures that describe the area. Be sure to take the driving tour of Rainbow Canyon. The Silver State ATV trail is accessed just south of Caliente off Highway 93 and has 50 miles of ATV trails. Bicycling is a favorite activity along the ATV trails and trails dedicated to bicycling are being planned to link the nearby state parks.

The Caliente Train Depot (pictured above) was built by the Union Pacific in 1905 in the style of Spanish Mission architecture. For many years the depot served as an Amtrak stop until the route between Los Angeles/Las Vegas/Salt Lake City was closed to passenger train traffic. Now it serves as the Caliente City Offices and a local museum. The main line of the Union Pacific Railroad passes through downtown Caliente. This is a very busy route with cargo trains running day and night, sometimes passing each other on the double tracks right in front of the Depot.

For more information on what to see and do in Lincoln County, Nevada please visit the Tourism web site.