About the Climate

Carpenter Canyon

Most people are aware that Nevada is desert, but there is a common misconception that deserts are very dry, mostly sand dunes and very hot and that Las Vegas is typical of the climate of Nevada. The only part of the previous statement that is true is the reference to the lack of moisture. Nevada is mostly in the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts and Nevada Silver Trails is partly in both of these deserts. The Mojave Desert, which includes the region around Las Vegas, tends to have long, hot summers and mild winters and extends up into the southern part of Nevada Silver Trails territory. The Great Basin Desert is at higher altitudes and latitude and is therefore subject to longer, colder winters than the Mojave and mild to hot summers. Most of Nevada Silver Trails is in the Great Basin Desert. Superimposed on all of this is the Basin and Range geology of Nevada that has broken the so-called Great Basin up into a series of narrow, north-south trending mountain ranges and valleys. In fact there are 314 fairly evenly distributed discrete mountain ranges in Nevada, and since this region of Nevada is about a third of the state, it means there are about 100 mountain ranges in the territory. What all of this means is that there are a lot of climates to deal with. The extremes are -45 to +134 degrees F, but the more likely range is teens to about 110 degrees. Also be aware that the mountains above 6,000 feet in altitude, which are most of them, tend to be covered in snow in the winter; so plan ahead. Temperature/precipitation tables are included for several locations in the region. The valley locations, such as Pahrump, Beatty and Death Valley are best visited in the cooler part of the year, whereas the mountains and more northern sections of the territory are best visited in the warmer part of the year, unless you are seeking winter type recreation.