YERINGTON

This is a town with deep roots in adventure. John C. Fremont, one of the West’s great explorers, made the first recorded account of the area back in 1844. He was on his second expedition to explore and map the West and followed the course of the Walker River into a large fertile valley later named Mason Valley after the area’s first settler N.H.A. “Hock” Mason. During the 1800’s the Indian Paiute messiah, Wovoka, lived in the region. In 1889, Wovoka began teaching the peaceful Ghost Dance Religion, which was misinterpreted by whites and eventually led to the killing of Sitting Bull. Today the “Spirit of Wovoka” is celebrated annually with an August powwow.

Yerington is located in the lush green Mason Valley and is the county seat of Lyon County. In a state that is generally dry and arid, Mason Valley is unique in that two river systems flow through the valley, the East and West Walker rivers. The valley is one of the state’s richest agricultural regions producing alfalfa, onions, organic lettuce, garlic, and dairy products. It is conveniently located in Western Nevada close to Reno, Lake Tahoe, and the Nevada State Capitol, Carson City. It’s also a region rich in mining history. You can see the huge open pit Anaconda Copper Mine from a special lookout point or visit the Lyon County Museum located on Main Street to learn more about the history of this valley.

 

Lodging

Motels

Copper Inn 
307 N. Main St.
Yerington, NV
775.463.2135
Pets Allowed, Smoking Rooms available.

Victorian Rose Inn
111 S. Main St.
Yerington, NV
775.463.2164
Email: victorianroseinn@yahoo.org
The quaint Victorian Rose Inn is truly a gem with beautiful antique furniture and décor and lovely linens. Guests will appreciate modern touches including wireless Internet. The owners go out of their way to make your stay a joy and the rates are beyond reasonable. Pets are also welcome.

Yerington Inn
4 North Main St.
Yerington, NV
775.463.3144
yeringtoninn.com
Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include RV and truck parking and air conditioning in public areas.

Food

Restaurants

 

China Chef
415 N Main St.
Yerington, NV
775.463.7112

Copper Creek Grill
211 N Main St.
Yerington, NV
775.463.4930

Rosie’s Place
516 W Goldfield Ave
Yerington, NV
775.463.2318

Stage Stop Restaurant
11 US Highway 95a N
Yerington, NV
775.463.3707

 

What to see

  • Anaconda Copper Pit
    Weed Heights
    Yerington, NV
    775.463.3351
    View of old copper mine pit.
  • Fort Churchill State Historic Park
    1000 Highway 95A
    Silver Springs, NV 89429
    775.577.2345
    Email: ftchurchill@wildblue.net
    parks.nv.gov/parks/fort-churchill
    The Nevada State Park System acquired 3,200 acres along the Carson River in 1994 connecting Fort Churchill State Historic Park with Lahontan State Recreation Area. This scenic river corridor with diverse wildlife and terrain is a popular area for equestrians. The park also offers a horse camp where riders can camp with their mounts near Lake Lahontan. Getting There: Fort Churchill is located along the Carson River, 8 miles south of Silver Springs on U.S. Alt. 95. The park is 40 miles east of Carson City, and 36 miles west of Fallon.
  • Lyon County Museum
    215 S. Main St.
    Yerington, NV 89447
    775.463.6576
    lyoncountymuseum.com 
    A small town museum that runs entirely on the efforts of volunteers, the Lyon County Museum does an excellent job of depicting the day-to-day life in both the Mason and Smith Valleys over the last 130 years. The museum’s collections can be found in seven separate structures, including three historic county schools, a general store, a blacksmith shop and the new E.L. Wiegand building.