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Old 08-31-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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US 50 in Nevada in March?

Greetings -

Probable road trip in the March time frame that will include US 50 in Nevada aka The Loneliest Road.

Has anyone done this in March? Any comments about Snow or driving conditions?

Just how lonely is it? What are the fueling opportunities ("Last Gas for 10,000 miles"), food opportunities etc?

I suspect there will be lots of boondocking opportunities - any comments on that - like can you get a reasonable distance off the road?

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Passes on the highway will be high enough to see snow , I've driven in snow in Ely & Wells in late March .
I think the current section with no services , including no cell phone in most of it , is 141 miles, total is 233 or so, Ely to Fallon , as with most roads in Nevada through the desolate areas , getting off the pavement in any but well marked areas could be a real adventure.
Probably, it was a lot scarier trip in a 54 Chevy.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:24 PM   #3
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I can't be of much help it has been 10 yrs since I was on it and not in March.
I passed up the highest diesel price in my life before hitting this hiway back then it was $4.05
I met one car soon after getting on the hiway and never saw another!
It was dusk, so much of this road was at night, no shoulder only ditches, I was lower on fuel then I have ever been. Would top mountains and see lights in the distance. One ridge after another and another! You would have thought I had an egg under the gas pedal going over those ridges

I knew for sure if we ran out of fuel Indians would ride down off those plateaus and we would be done for.

Saw more Jack Rabbits or Jackalopes then I have ever seen in my life.
Made it finally to a small town, pulled into a parking lot gave thanks and hit the sack.
A Great trip!
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It's a great drive and if you drive on the top 1/2 of your tank it's very doable. The towns have fuel.

In March it will probably be cold and snow could appear. It's not that long of a drive so if you have a good few-days forecast, it shouldn't be a problem. Just keep a watch on weather as you're approaching and have another route in mind.

Again, it's a fabulous drive. We love it!
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I drove it in April and it was hot. We ran the air sometimes. It is lonely. One town, bar,gas, station combined. I would do it in March.
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We were running our generator and AC when we went thru it in July last year!

We could not get into the Great Nation National Park. But I went in and asked at the info center if I was interpreting the rules correctly about overnight camping. There is a place called, I think, the Baker Archeological Site. This is just a few minutes on the way back to Highway 50 after leaving the Great Basin National Park Info Center. It's not, or was not, marked 'No Overnight Camping'. So we spent a windy, but very nice night in dirt parking lot of this site. Great light show as we watched lightening storms booming their way across the basin to the North.

But, just to be clear. Even though we liked it. I'm positive no one else would enjoy this location. (Wink, wink!) --- So hopefully someone else will recommend other good Boon Docking locations to you!

And yeah, stay on the top side of you tank. Be ready for cold, or hot! And watch the weather forecasts.... Stop and check out the Bee Hive brick kilns outside of Ely. (Which if I remember correctly, had a pretty neat campground close by too.)

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Oh, come on, there are at least two towns between Fallon and Ely with gas and diesel. Maybe not with all night gas stations though. But they do have bars! But maybe not all night bars.sigh.
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I would keep the tank topped off, and run it in the daytime, and no problem! Watch the weather reports, and you will be fine! If you run it at night, and get tired, you can pull off at any "Red Light" you see, and they will take very good care of you! There are gas/diesel stations at Ely, Eureka, Austin?, and Fallon! In March, I would run it in the daytime, as not to worry about the higher elevation's getting ice or snow at night! No worries, you will be fine! Watching out for high winds in the passes, will be the biggest worry, I think! Enjoy, there are picnic pull offs also along the way! Rail!
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