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Old 04-19-2018, 02:47 PM   #1
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Highway 50 across Nevada and Utah?

I'll soon depart home in southern Oregon for the Moab, Utah area. I have a 25' Forester MBS and tow a Suzuki Sidekick.

I hate driving on the interstate and it looks like US highway 50 runs from near Reno to near Moab. Any advice on that route?

Looks like towns are few and far between, but I almost always boondock anyway, and carry tools, extra supplies, have a WeBoost cell phone booster, keep my water tank full, etc. I drove to Alaska last summer and am very comfortable being out in the boonies.
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Have done Hwy 50 in Nevada as far east as 93 and then we headed south. Did the trip end of Sept. It was gorgeous but I remember a few passes you will be driving over. May want to check road/snow conditions before heading out. Yes, cute little historic and picturesque towns along the route. Have not done Hwy 50 in Utah though.
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Old 04-19-2018, 03:09 PM   #3
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Its called the loneliest highway in America, and it lives up to itís billing. Drove it from Utah to California a few years back. I think we saw two cars the entire trip, no kidding. Be prepared for long, long empty stretches. We found it beautiful in a lot of areas and it goes right pass the infamous Area 51. I donít remember any areas that were tough grades, but it does go through the Basin and Range area of the West so it has some ups and downs. Enjoy the drive, we did.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:31 PM   #4
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We drive the HWY 50 route as much as we can as we dislike freeways / interstates. We would do the Reno - Ely - Delta, Ut, and then on to Denver, but you can connect right on to Moab. Always enjoyed it and will be driving this route again this summer. If driving at night, really watch for range cattle as it open range and almost all the beef is black! Real exciting to be zipping down the road and all of a sudden see a 600 pound cow go whizzing by your window.
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Old 04-19-2018, 06:44 PM   #5
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I know a lot of people hate driving on 50 and similar desert type roads but I enjoy it and have driven 50 from Carson City to Ely numerous times. Do be careful and watch for wildlife particularly at night. The last time I went to Eureka, which is a cool little town, I hit the biggest rabbit I have ever seen. There are areas where the road has some curvy grades but nothing to extreme.
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When you see diesel , stop and fill tank. I forgot to stop drove into Ely with less than a gallon in the tank.
Luckely it was down hill into the town. Robinson open pit copper mine and garnet hill
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Its called the loneliest highway in America, and it lives up to itís billing. Drove it from Utah to California a few years back. I think we saw two cars the entire trip, no kidding. Be prepared for long, long empty stretches. We found it beautiful in a lot of areas and it goes right pass the infamous Area 51. I donít remember any areas that were tough grades, but it does go through the Basin and Range area of the West so it has some ups and downs. Enjoy the drive, we did.
Not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but I think Area 51 is closer to
Hwy. 375 that runs from Warm Springs, past Rachel, down to Crystal Springs in Nevada. Last year I stayed in Alamo and took that route
to Tonopah, NV. on my way to Hwy. 395 north to Susanville, Ca. Good country no matter what you call it or where it is. Those are my kind of roads!
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We drive the HWY 50 route as much as we can as we dislike freeways / interstates. We would do the Reno - Ely - Delta, Ut, and then on to Denver, bt you can connect right on to Moab. Always enjoyed it and will be driving this route again this summer. If driving at night, really watch for range cattle as it open range and almost all the beef is black! Real exciting to be zipping down the road and all of a sudden see a 600 pound cow go whizzing by your window.
And in case some people don't know it- open range means if you hit a cow, you just bought it. And you will pay. This little tidbit of knowledge comes from personal experience on a highway out in the middle of nowhere in Utah.
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Three years ago, we towed our 5th wheel on US 50 on our way back to Denver after spending a week in Lake Tahoe and Carson City. We stayed the first night in Ely, the second and third in Great Basin National Park, and the fourth in Grand Junction, CO. We filled the tank in Austin (very expensive for diesel), topped off in Ely, then filled again at truck stops in Delta and Grand Junction.

Lots of ups and downs, as others have mentioned, but I don't remember using the exhaust brake along US 50. We did use it in Great Basin NP, however, because we drove--without the trailer--to the highest point the road goes on Wheeler Peak.
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Not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but I think Area 51 is closer to
Hwy. 375 that runs from Warm Springs
You're correct. Area 51(Groom Lake)is far away from Highway 50.
It's actually closer to Las Vegas.
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Eureka,NV, County Seat of Eureka County,Pop.601 There is a little 15 FHU CG at the east end of town,nice people! The School/Fire Dept/Police Dept are "Unbelievable"! With "Gold Mine Money" the school has Catering service for Meals,Basketball Courts that the NBA would love to have,Football Stadium and they don't have enough players for a Full team,Fire Trucks and Ambulances for EVERY situation,Police Dept with SWAT vehicles that would make ATF jealous,all in a "CITY" with 601 people! Just a little Info along the "Loneliest Highway in the USA"! Youroo!!
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Eureka,NV, County Seat of Eureka County,Pop.601 There is a little 15 FHU CG at the east end of town,nice people! The School/Fire Dept/Police Dept are "Unbelievable"! With "Gold Mine Money" the school has Catering service for Meals,Basketball Courts that the NBA would love to have,Football Stadium and they don't have enough players for a Full team,Fire Trucks and Ambulances for EVERY situation,Police Dept with SWAT vehicles that would make ATF jealous,all in a "CITY" with 601 people! Just a little Info along the "Loneliest Highway in the USA"! Youroo!!
There are a few places like that in Nevada. We did an elementry school in Cresent Valley several years ago and the little town has paved streets with curbs, gutters and fire hydrants but the homes were shanties at best. My favorite was a place built using election signs.
Some of these small counties have plenty of money due to mining but the people...not so much.
The fire station in Eureka is pretty awesume.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:02 PM   #14
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We just traveled it a couple of months ago. It is the loneliest highway in America but interesting. Make sure you fuel up and there are few places to camp. The Great Basin Np is at the east end. In Delta Utah there is a good campground.
We camped at one place about half way across from Reno and they were really good to us.
You will see very little traffic.
We had a Forester 2291sf. No problems.
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It's been a lot of years since i went across. Not a bad road if don't mind being alone. Just try traveling in the daylight. I came across a herd of cattle in the dark at 65 mph. Don't know how I missed them but it scared the poo outa .me.
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I'll soon depart home in southern Oregon for the Moab, Utah area. I have a 25' Forester MBS and tow a Suzuki Sidekick.

I hate driving on the interstate and it looks like US highway 50 runs from near Reno to near Moab. Any advice on that route?

Looks like towns are few and far between, but I almost always boondock anyway, and carry tools, extra supplies, have a WeBoost cell phone booster, keep my water tank full, etc. I drove to Alaska last summer and am very comfortable being out in the boonies.
Do it! It is a fun trip and there is enough gas. Make sure to pick up your lonliest highway book at one end or the other of the route in Nevada.
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Old 04-20-2018, 01:36 PM   #17
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Thanks to all for the great guidance folks, this is a great forum for info!

To HighDesert: You said "600 lb cows go whizzing by..". I didn't know they could run that fast!

And to RangeMaggotBob: If you hit and have to pay for a cow on open range, does that mean you own it and can tow it to McDonanlds?
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Old 04-20-2018, 02:21 PM   #18
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We drove Route 50 in November and started in Ohio and went west as far as UT. Loved the road, and also used the book USA Road Trips, and told about all the towns you pass and best things to see and do.
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My wife and I are what we like to refer to as "Grey Roaders". meaning we like to travel on the roads that are grey on the maps. Red roads are not too bad but hate the freeways, interstates. We see some really interesting sites and sometimes at the end of the day we don't get very far.
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I am off topic, but can fanrgs let me know where he got his hands on the two maps, i.e. USA & Canada?

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