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Geotripping in Nevada


You can visit exciting places without going far from home. Click on links below and start planning your next adventure!

Geotripping Story Map

Explore this interactive StoryMap to find geotripping opportunities across Nevada.

Earth Science Week Website

Earth Science Week field trips (Educational Series)

E28 - Ancient Lakes and Volcanoes near Fallon
E33 - Turbulent Times in the Truckee Meadows
E34 - What's Shakin' in the Neighborhood?
E37 - Geology along America's Loneliest Highway
E38 - Exploring East of the Summit
E39 - Peavine Peak - Geology, Plants, and Mining History
E40 - Fossils and Ancient Lakes
E41 - In Search of the Right Tuff
E42 - Get Out, Stay Out, and Stay Alive!
E43 - The Frenchman Lake Frolic
E44 - The Great Highway 50 Rock Tour
E45 - Rockin' Along the River
E46 - Taking the Pulse of the Earth
E47 - No Child Left Inside
E48 - Digging Deeper into the Comstock
E50 - In Search of Tufa, Tuff, and Tough Rocks
E51 - Life's a Beach: Ancient Lakes and Volcanoes in the Grimes Point and Lahontan Mountains Area
E52 - Tuff All Over: Exploring Faulted Volcanic Terrain in the Painted Hills, Virginia Mountains, West of Pyramid Lake
E53 - Mapping the Geology around the Desert Research Institute and Truckee Meadows Community College
E55 - Geo- and eco-mapping around DRI (The great altered rock walking tour)
E56 - Carson rocks! A sesquicentennial celebration of some our our capital city's geological high points
E57 - Fire and ice--geology of the Mount Rose quadrangle, Lake Tahoe, and the Carson Range
E58 - 1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake centennial field trip guidebook: A public field trip to visit the largest earthquake in Nevada's history

E59 - A river runs through itgeology along the Truckee River valley from Reno to Pyramid Lake
E61 - A land in transition! Ancient river courses, young volcanoes, recent earthquakes, and modern debris flows in the Carson Valley
E62 - Scavenger hunt for rocks used to build the Stewart Indian School
E63 - Sparkling or still? A tour of geology from Soda Lakes to Stillwater Marsh, Nevada
E65 - Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City
E66 - Exploring the Hot Springs Mountains--a virtual tour for Earth Science Week

EarthCache trips…with your GPS unit

EC1 - Black Rock Lava Flow
EC2 - Cinder Cone in Clayton Valley
EC3 - Easy Chair Crater
EC4 - Kate Peak Lahar Deposit
EC5 - “Nice” (gneiss) Rocks at Island Lake on the side of Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains, Elko Co, NV
EC6 - McClellan Peak Basalt at Mustang
EC7 - Moon Rocks
EC8 - Project Faultless
EC9 - The Mogul Landslide
EC10 - Ventifact Ridge
EC11 - Volcanic and Sedimentary Rocks of the Monte Cristo Range, Esmeralda County, Nevada
EC12 - Warm Springs Mountain Dike Swarm

Geologic and natural history guidebooks…and more

SP16 - Geologic Tours in the Las Vegas Area: Expanded Edition with GPS Coordinates
SP19 - Geologic and Natural History Tours in the Reno Area:Expanded Edition
SP26 - Traveling America’s Loneliest Road: A Geologic and Natural History Tour through Nevada along U.S. Hwy 50
SP29 - Rocks, Gemstones, Minerals, and Fossils in Nevada
SP35 – A Geologic and Natural History Tour through Nevada and Arizona along U.S. Highway 93 with GPS Coordinates

Links to caching information

Topographic maps for your trip
Purchase paper topographic maps

Sources for online topographic maps: (Map Locator)

While you are out geotripping, stop by GBSSRL and harvest a geologic specimen from the rock garden!

For more information:, (775) 682-8766