In the span of an afternoon, you can dig up the dirt on the area’s past "sin solutions" during the throes of the Great Depression to the ancient rock art drawings of native peoples. Humans have lived in the Great Basin for at least 10,000 years. Paleo-Indians were the first inhabitants followed by the Washoe, Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute and Western Shoshone tribes. Several petroglyph sites are located off Hwy. 50. Grimes Point, is the most important located about 50 miles from Reno and an easy day trip.
Cattle ranches were established in the 1850s in the Carson Valley. Sheep raising followed. These cowboys and ranchers were integral to the flood of prospectors on the Comstock Trail, providing meat, fruit and vegetables in exchange for silver and gold. Carson City and Virginia City were important centers to the Comstock Lode and today provide visitors with museums, historical sites, antiques and shopping for native arts and crafts.
Many notable journeys have traversed through Nevada. From the path of the pioneers and Washoe, to Truckee’s old wagon road where the Donner party met its ill-fate and the 40-mile Emigrant Trail through the unforgiving desert to modern tourists following the trail of fortune in Reno- Tahoe casinos and bars.