The Ely Elk Viewing Area is a convenient roadside destination that is worth checking out when touring the Great Basin Highway in central Nevada. The long valley that runs south of Ely has always been a primary feeding ground for herd animals and the Ely Elk Viewing Area offers a nice vantage point. Elk and deer can be occasionally spotted grazing in this area early in the morning or toward sunset, so it pays to stop and have a look when passing through.
During the afternoon when the elk tend to laze in shady forested places, the wildlife viewing area certainly is a good choice for a picnic. The picnic tables are covered with sun shades and there are basic facilities on site, so this is a comfortable spot for the entire family. The Cave Lake and Ward Charcoal Ovens State Parks along with the Great Basin National Park are all nearby, so there is plenty to do in this neck of the woods. When touring old historic Ely, be sure to set aside plenty of time for taking it all in and of course, pack some strong binoculars for the Elk Viewing Area!
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