Events Calendar

Yucca Chuckers MC Race at Hell’s Half Acre @ Hell's Half Acre, Nevada
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Snakes Alive at Pahranagat Valley Wildlife Refuge @ Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am

A visiting snake expert, Dennis Jex, will bring real snakes to the refuge and give a presentation at 10:00 am on March 10th

Live Bluegrass Show @ Thompson's Opera House
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We’re bringing it home with the hottest in Nevada bluegrass featuring the Red Rock Ramblers!

“Triple R plays a mix of bluegrass, gospel and classic country music. Their extensive experience allows for a superb combination of hot licks and pristine harmonies,” according to their Facebook page. Check ’em out for a music preview:

Jim, the band organizer, has played the Opera House twice with “Johnny Cash” as lead guitar, and with the “Fiddlers” on Labor Day. Don’t miss this great show!

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at the nearby Tillie’s Mini Mart, or at the door the day of the event. Programming for the Opera House made possible by Pioche Chamber of Commerce.

Lincoln County Photo Festival 2018 @ Pioche & Caliente
Apr 20 – Apr 21 all-day

The fun starts Friday morning at 9 a.m. with a welcoming and orientation at The Depot in Caliente. Pick up materials giving an overview of photography destinations to choose from. Schedule specific times to visit specific locations staffed with information guides and sign up for one of the workshops. Talk to local experts about all there is to photograph in these areas. Also learn about restaurants, bars, and shopping available while you’re here.

We will convene again Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Historic Thompson’s Opera House in Pioche, where work space will be available to edit photos and share favorites. Then stick around for a concluding banquet, and enjoy a delicious dinner while viewing participants’ photos on the big screen.

Find out more information by visiting the Photo Festival Page.

Carp Rodeo @ Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The fishing competition will take place 9am-noon, then there will be a free picnic lunch to follow. Like previous years, prizes will be awarded.

2018 Beaver Dam Gravel Grinder @ Beaver Dam State Park
Jun 16 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Beaver Dam 49er Gravel Grinder

Catch the Fever! Ride at Beaver!


Sign up now for a great fat tire experience!

For more information, visit

Call 1.877.870.3003 or 775.728.4460

or email

This exciting event is brought to you by the Division of Nevada State Parks in cooperation with the Lincoln Authority of Tourism (LCAT).

Just $40 for a great day of exercise and fun!

Discover Lincoln County Nevada’s hidden gem: Beaver Dam State Park. From its deep canyons to its highest peaks, the Park’s unique volcanic rock formations and juniper and pine forests offer visitors a place to unplug and unwind from the daily routine.

This, my friends, is why we started the 49er Gravel Grinder—to get people into the beautiful backcountry—a side of Nevada that most people do not experience.  Las Vegas may be the best know destination in Nevada, but there is so much more to explore than downtown. So if you are up to the challenge, we designed this event for you, so you can enjoy our hospitality and we can showcase the place we are proud to call home!

According to Mark Orton, USA Cycling certified Level 1 coach, “gravel grinders are gravel road races and rides that combine riding on surfaces such as asphalt, gravel, dirt, some single-track trails and maintenance or B roads. The courses vary from hard-packed dirt to softball-sized rocks. “

This describes the 49er to a T! Not to scare you off, this event is intended to be a fun, yet challenging. It can be a grueling course traveling over gravel and dirt roads, some with rocky sections that may test your endurance. But we think you will agree that the spectacular vistas are worth the effort.

So come join us! Laugh, exercise, socialize, talk, laugh again, meet new people and create new friendships, but most of all RIDE! Ride individually or better yet bring along some mates. Though this is not a race, it is a causal ride; you can compete against yourself or your mates if you like. The prize is not only the wonderful scenic vistas you will enjoy, but when you reach the end there will be food.

Gravel Grinder vs. Gran Fondo: the Technical Aspects

This ride is not skinny-tire road bike friendly. If you have a fat-tire bike, mountain bike, cyclocross bike, or adventure/all purpose bike you will be able to do this ride.

Though we do offer some support, this is a gravel grinder and not a gran fondo, it emphasizes radical self reliance and features few amenities. You need to be technically savvy and bring any gear you might need to replace or fix tires, chains, or any other possible pitfalls. We will have stops along the way with water and snacks; make sure to bring any special food or drink you like to have while riding. The course will be marked and Rangers will be driving the route.

For further information on gravel grinders and suitable bikes for gravel grinder routes, read his article: Gravel Grinder Racing: What You Need to Get Started

Beaver Dam Gravel Grinder Schedule

NOTE: Routes are subject to change based on weather events throughout the year.

Friday June 15, 2018

  • 5 pm – 6:30 pm Packet Pick-up
    • Sign in Campground B Group Use Area
  • If you are staying in town Friday evening, please call or text 775.843.9504 to sign in.

Saturday June 15, 2018

  • 7:30 am Ride starts
    • Beaver Dam State Park Campground B Group Use Area
  • 3 pm Time to Eat!
    • The ride ends at Campground B Group Use Area where the food is!

Register Today!