is an important crossroads town, centered on the intersection of US 6, US 93 and US 50, towards the east edge of Nevada. Like many Nevada settlements the town is built on a valley floor, enclosed by long, barren mountain ranges, aligned north-south; those to the east (Schell Creek Range
) and south (Egan Range
) are part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and the former contain several campgrounds & trailheads just a few miles away. Ely is the closest major city to the least visited national park in the West, Great Basin
, though the entrance is still quite a long drive (66 miles).
Ely has a compact, mostly residential center; shops and hotels are concentrated along the western and southern approaches.
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