Nevada

Nellis Air Force Base, in North Las Vegas, is one of the busiest bases in the country. War games based out of Nellis, occurring on an almost continuous basis, cover the adjacent ranges and beyond into Utah and California, incorporating almost every known form...

The Nellis Range is a 4,700 square-mile restricted zone in southern Nevada, and one of the largest and busiest military ranges in the country. Much of the land in the range is used for combat training by the Air Force, which conducts large-scale war games...

The Nevada Test Site (NTS) is a 1,350 square miles (860,000 acres) restricted area in southern Nevada, owned and operated by the Department of Energy. It is a multi-use, open-air laboratory that was the primary location of the nuclear weapons testing program...

A picturesque ghost town in southern Nevada, in the Bullfrog gold mining district, with a split identity as a contemporary sculpture park. The ghost town has a number of multi-story facades still standing from the heyday of the town, which was around 1910,...

Jean Dry Lake, south of Las Vegas, has totally absorbed Michael Heizer's "Rift 1", a zig-zag trench dug into the lake surface in 1968, as the first of his Nine Nevada Depressions artwork. This series of pieces was located primarily on dry lakes throughout the...

Open pit copper mines cover this area, surrounding the company town of Ruth, including one of the largest pits in the state: the Liberty Pit. The tailings are still being worked, though digging in the pits is largely terminated. The operator of the mine is...

One of two major underground nuclear tests in Nevada that were performed off the Nevada Test Site. Conducted in 1963, Shoal was an experiment to study earthquake effects. A 12 kiloton bomb was detonated 1,200 feet below the surface. The site now is unmarked...

A complex of sculptures and hand-made structures, made from debris found in the area (car parts, bottles, wheels, railroad ties, etc.), and held together in a matrix of concrete. Built between 1967 and 1975, by a man named Rolling Mountain Thunder, who lived in...

The Tonopah Test Range is a 525 square mile test facility on the north end of the Air Force's 4,000 square mile Nellis Range Complex in Nevada, and is the principal weapons field test site for Sandia Labs, based in New Mexico. There are major facilities here...

The headquarters for a Shoshone Indian land reclaiming movement. Members of the Dann Family, whose ranch is nearby, have been arrested in conflicts with federal officials over ownership of what the Shoshone claim as ancestral lands, stolen from them by the...

This is an electronic warfare range used by military aviators, primarily from Fallon Naval Air Station. Technical management is controlled by the Naval Warfare Assesment Center at Fallon, which is linked up to this range through real-time electronics. One of...

Located on the western edge of the Nevada Test Site, Yucca Mountain is the only site being considered as an underground repository for the nation's commercial nuclear waste. A $10 billion program to study the site and partially build the repository has been...