If you crave exciting adventures in Wendover, Blue Lake should be at the top of your to-do list. Just 15 miles outside the city, you’ll find a stunning cluster of wetlands starring the aptly-named Blue Lake. While it’s known as a popular location for scuba diving lessons (complete with a fake shark, sunken boat and other hidden treasures), it’s also a fantastic place to fish for fresh bass, tilapia and bluegill. If hunting’s more your style, try your hand at scaring up some waterfowl from the surrounding vegetation. Whatever the reason you love the water, Blue Lake is a stop you don’t want to miss.
Art might not be the first thing you’d think to find in a Western town like Wendover, but we’ll happily surprise you with some thrilling pieces while you’re here. We’re most famous for Karl Momen’s whimsical Tree of Utah sculpture and the famous Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt. If you’re looking for a fun, selfie-worthy piece close to town, visit the Tree of Life. If you’re up for more of a journey (and maybe even a night under the stars), you can make the trek out to the Sun Tunnels. Make sure you’re up for the journey, though–be prepared for no cell service, a few hours of solitude, and breathtaking view under the stars.
If you love to start your day by powering to the top of nature’s finest, you can get your fill by taking on some of Wendover’s one-of-a-kind hiking experiences. Local favorites include Pilot Peak (the highest in the Pilot Range and fourth tallest summit in Nevada) and Needle Point Hike, so named for the needle’s eye-shaped cave at the top of the climb. Whether you’re looking for exciting adventures in Wendover or just change your perspective, a fantastic hike could be just the thing you’ve been looking for. Visit Map My Hike for more exciting hikes in Wendover.
If you like exploring at a faster pace, try biking on for size. There’s not much better than the the thrill of an exhilarating descent to make your spirit soar. An extensive trail system stretches over the local peaks and lowlands, giving you a variety of terrains and sights to see. So bring your GPS, plenty of water, and your adventurous spirit and hit the trails! Biking in Wendover will give you a totally new perspective of the Utah-Nevada landscape and you’ll get a great workout while you’re at it. For popular cycling trails visit Map My Ride.
Do you have a knack for finding diamonds in the rough? Come test your skills by collecting your own souvenirs. The arid hills and land surrounding Wendover hold much more than what first meets the eye–like large deposits of brightly-hued agate and even a bit of violet-tinged amethyst for the most persistent searchers. All you need is a little determination, some patience, and a bit of luck!
Nothing says “Wild West” like a rodeo, and Wendover is as “Wild West” as they come! While you’re here, check out one of our rootin’ tootin’ rodeos. Broncs, bulls, cowboys…you won’t want to miss it!
One of the most exciting adventures in Wendover is searching for a herd of wild mustangs. With a little patience and luck, you might just spot these amazing creatures. They search for grazing in the plains surrounding Wendover. Powerful and beautifully wild, this sight is one that’s sure to take your breath away.
If you prefer searching the skies, add the Goshute Mountains to your Itinerary. The Goshute Mountains are located 27 miles outside of Wendover. Beautiful hawks migrate right through this area between August 15th and November 5th. If you are lucky, you might just get a front row seat to this amazing spectacle. There are normally anywhere from 10,000-25,000 hawks that migrate through this area, and 18 species. You won’t want to miss this!
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If you prefer staying in the great outdoors rather than a hotel you’re in luck! The local KOA is a great option for people who would like to stay close to town. If you want to stake out your own piece of land, a quick internet search will show you where to go to find a quiet spot of your own to enjoy the beautiful canopy of stars and the one-of-a-kind Great Basin desert. Check out our other adventures for ideas to make the most out of your stay in Wendover.