Covering an area of 286,382 sq. km, the State of Nevada is located in the western region of the United States.
As observed on the map, a major portion of Nevada is located entirely within the Basin and Range Province, which is characterized by rugged mountains, valleys, semiarid grasslands, and sandy deserts.
Nevada is the most mountainous U.S. State and comprises over 150 (named) individual mountain ranges. Over 30 of the state’s mountain peaks exceed 11,000 ft., and the significant mountains include the Battle, Monitor, Ruby, Santa Rosa, Schell Creek, Sierra Nevada, Snake, and Toiyabe. Located in Esmeralda County, the highest point in Nevada is the Boundary Peak – which reaches an elevation of 13,147ft (4,007m).
Stretching across most of the state, The Great Basin – is a series of depressions, flats, dry lakes, marshy salt pans, and sinks, that are all scattered between the ribbons of mountain ranges.
The Mojave Desert spills across the California border into southern Nevada. The conditions here are dry, hot, and windy, especially in summer. Cooper-colored mountains cover the desert floor, which is highlighted by the Red Rock Canyon's bluffs, cliffs, and petrified sandstone boulders. Low mountain desert areas (formerly prehistoric lakes) are situated to the northeast of Carson City.
The Colorado and Humboldt are the most significant rivers of Nevada. Numerous smaller rivers also flow from the mountains, but are often seasonal, and quickly fade in the hot summer sun. Lake Mead, now a major recreation area, was formed by the building of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Lake Tahoe (shared with California) and the turquoise-colored Pyramid Lake are the largest bodies of water.
Nevada is divided into 17 counties. In alphabetical order, the counties are: Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, White Pine.
With an area of 286,382 sq. km, Nevada is the 7th largest and the 19th least populous state in the USA. Located in the western part of the state is the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City – the capital city of Nevada. The capital city acts as the regional and commercial retail hub for northwestern Nevada, which is known for its irrigated farms, mining (silver and other minerals), and livestock farming. Situated in the southeastern part of the state is Las Vegas – the largest and the most populous city in Nevada. Nicknamed as “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, Las Vegas is an internationally renowned resort city. It also serves as the state’s cultural and commercial hub being synonymous with gambling, nightlife, and shopping. It is the 28th most populous city of the United States and also one of the world’s most visited cities.
The State of Nevada is located in the western region of the United States. Nevada is bordered by California in the west; by Arizona in the southeast; by Utah in the east; by Oregon in the northwest and by Idaho in the northeast.
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|Legal Name||State of Nevada|
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This page was last updated on February 25, 2021