LUNING / MINA
Looking for the state’s best burger and malt? It’s right here in Luning – just look for the purple café in the middle of town.
Beyond a great lunch, you can also browse the local rock shop and souvenir shop. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep as they roam down from the mountain.
Mina started as a railroad junction, but today it’s known for the breadth of outdoor adventure available in the area. Roam the nearby ghost towns. Hunt for ancient relics and artifacts. Ride your ATV, go rockhounding or simply take in the dramatic beauty of the Nevada high desert. You might even catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep, deer, burros or wild horses.
While you’re out on the range, you also have the comfort of knowing you can head back to town and the modern conveniences that await. There’s a small airstrip for private planes. A mini-mart. An ATV-friendly RV park with full hookups and wireless Internet. And the charming Desert Lobster Café – a burger, fish and chips joint housed in a renovated 53-foot yacht that you’ll find beached right on the side of the road.
Highway 95 in Mina
Scorro’s Burger Hut
710 Front Street
What to see
The attractions at this 1,153-acre park are old and really old: a 1900s ghost town and the remains of the world’s largest ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles that lived 225 million years ago). The original 14 buildings are considered to be the best preserved in the state. As for the fossils, nine large ones have been left in the ground exactly as they were. found.