Communities & Region

Geographically, Lincoln County is the third-largest in Nevada and the seventh-largest in the U.S.

Most of the county is in the Mojave Desert. Winters are generally mild, with snow accumulating in higher elevations. Spring and fall bring in ideal temperatures. Summers days can get hot, but around 10 degrees on average cooler than Las Vegas in the southern portion of the county and up to 20 degrees cooler in northern areas.

Lincoln County is an easy drive from Las Vegas, Ely, Tonopah, Mesquite, Moapa Valley, St. George, and Cedar City.

As the University of Nevada, Reno Extension points out, the county is both pro-small-town living and pro-industry with “citizens who appreciate rural life along with the technological benefits that come from living nearby metropolitan areas like Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.” Each Lincoln County community has its own unique history and personality with the common thread of a peaceful rural lifestyle.

Pahranagat Valley

The town of Alamo is located in southern Lincoln County, around 90 miles north of Las Vegas. This friendly community includes schools, a grocery store, churches, motels, service stations, emergency services and a landing strip for small private airplanes. It is the social and business center of the rich Pahranagat Valley. 


Located in southeastern Nevada, the quiet town of Caliente is the only incorporated community in Lincoln County. Evidence of the historical roots of this railroad town can be seen in its mission-style Caliente Railroad station. Services include restaurants, gas stations, motels, a small casino and a variety of stores.


Panaca is the oldest surviving town in eastern Nevada. Rich in tradition and agricultural production, it is a favorite stop for people traveling to Cathedral Gorge State Park which offers year-round camping and exploration. The Lincoln County Airport is situated about two miles west of Panaca and can accommodate small aircraft.


Pioche is the Lincoln County seat, the courthouse a prominent fixture of the town. With full amenities, it offers good food, lodging, shopping, automotive and emergency services. The town’s recreational offerings include park and picnic facilities, a swimming pool, a baseball diamond, and a nine-hole golf course.


Rachel is the youngest town in Nevada and is considered the”UFO Capital of the World.” The community has been featured in magazines, books, television shows and many major newspapers as the center of UFO activity, drawing science fiction fans and visitors from all over the world.