Out I80 way: Unionville

About three or four hours out of Reno on I80 east gets past the 40 mile desert and the Humbolt sink. Winnemucca is a good stopping point if you need full facilities. For the boondockers, the Mill City and Imlay exits are tempting.

Unionville has a county park a few miles south of Mill city. It is a wide spot in the canyon that makes it tough to find level parking but a pretty drive and a restful spot for a night or two.

North of Imlay is the upper end of Rye Patch reservoir. It is said that there are some spots there where you can park overnight. Rye Patch Reservoir State Recreation Area is below the dam a few miles farther west along the freeway and that would be a more sure spot for an overnight although subject to fees. The state park is open all year, has showers and a dump station, and paved parking spots.

find out more about Unionville and I80 at

Historic Marker 145 Located at the junction of State Route 400 and the gravel road to Unionville in the Buena Vista Valley, fifteen miles south of intersection with Interstate Highway 80.

Historic Marker 232 Located in the County Park in upper Unionville, Nevada for the genealogists.

Wild Nevada (PBS TV Show) tells about the Winnemucca to Unionville and other nearby ghost towns.

The Old Pioneer Garden is the Unionville Bed and Breakfast

Unionville Cemetery Pershing County, Nevada

The Literary Traveler has a good rundown on Mark Twain at Unionville.

Rocky Mountain Roads has a good rundown on I80 across Nevada

Drivers along Interstate 80 tend to become fatigued from the long, tedious drive across the State of Nevada. … Interstate 80 enters Nevada as a mountain freeway … Interstate 80 continues along the Truckee River all the way to Exit 23. Before leaving civilization entirely, travelers are afforded final services at Wadsworth (home of the phantom business loop) and Fernley (the largest community on Nevada Interstate 80 without a business loop). … Northeast of here, the desert resumes with a vengeance. The exits get spread out a bit more, and there are more “exits to nowhere.” Even with all of the desolate space through the northern tier of Nevada and a maximum of 13 miles between exits, Nevada has managed to put a unique name on every exit

The Sierra Nevada Unit of the WBCCI will do a weekend rally June 14 to 17, 2007 in Unionville.

See also the destinations page for I80, Reno to Wendover for more about places on this route through Nevada.

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