Lander County

Lander County is located in central Nevada, about three hours east of Reno. These 5,500 square miles are home to beautiful mountain ranges, a large stretch of the Reese River and 5,887 individuals (DETR, 2017). Lander is one of the original 11 counties in Nevada, and since 1979, Battle Mountain has served as the county seat. Much of Lander sits well above sea level at around 5,000-6,000 feet, but the peaks of Bunker Hill reach as high as 11,500 feet. Lander County communities are tied heavily to mining, ranching and an abundance of outdoor opportunities.

Beautiful sunset at Spencer Hot Springs, NVLander, after its founding, came to be known as Nevada’s “mother of counties,” since three other counties went on to be formed from its lands: Elko, Eureka and White Pine. Lander itself formed in 1862 as a result of a mining boom along the Reese River. Battle Mountain has been a part of Lander since 1869. It has a rich history as a settlement that also thrived off the nearby railroad and booming mines. Before that, the surrounding Battle Mountain area was a boundary between the Newe (Shoshone ancestors) and the Northern Paiutes, and in 1917, the Newe colony received official recognition for their lands.

Lander County boasts a number of outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and tourists alike. From the many mountain bike trails near Battle Mountain and Austin, to the hot springs and Hickison Petroglyphs in Kingston. For ATV and UTV riders, the Shoshone Off-Highway Vehicle Trails System is Nevada’s first professionally designed trail system (Recreation, n.d). Sportsmen will also find many opportunities to hunt everything from Mule Deer and Bighorn Sheep, to sage grouse and rabbits.

Lander County boasts a number of outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and tourists alike. From the many mountain bike trails near Battle Mountain and Austin, to the hot springs and Hickison Petroglyphs in Kingston. For all-terrain vehicle riders, the Shoshone Off-Highway Vehicle Trails System is Nevada’s first professionally designed trail system (Recreation, n.d). Sportsmen will also find many opportunities to hunt everything from mule deer and bighorn sheep to sage grouse and rabbits.

All throughout the county there is daily activity, whether it be through the hub of the school district, fire department, Sherriff’s office, County Commission or the other organizations that help bring Lander together. 

For a more in-depth look at what makes Lander County a community, read the full Lander County Cultural Overview.

Lander County Community Assets Survey

This survey is one component of the broader Nevada Economic Assessment Project. The project compiles socioeconomic baseline data for every county in Nevada for the purpose of assisting local governments in land-use project planning, grant-writing and policy assessment. Data is compiled from sources such as U.S. Census Data and the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show economic trends and opportunities. However, we also need information gathered from community residents themselves. This survey is designed to gather your valuable input about what are the strengths (i.e., assets) in your community.

Lander County NEAP

County Engagement
July 1, 2020 Introduction to NEAP Battle Mountain
Technical Reports
Socioeconomic Baseline Report: Lander County, Nevada
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for Lander County, Nevada
Economic Characteristics for Lander County, Nevada
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Lander County, Nevada
NAICS Top Performers for Lander County, Nevada
Social Characteristics for Lander County, Nevada
Current Articles
March 1, 2019 Introduction to NEAP Battle Mountain
Surveys
Lander County Community Asset Survey 

Special Thanks

The NEAP team would like to give our thanks to following members of the Lander County Community who have assisted us in this process.

  • Lander County Commission
  • Office of the County Manager
  • Residents of Lander County

Meet the NEAP team

Buddy Borden
Program Leader & Contact
Thomas Harris
Program Leader & Contact
Joseph Lednicky
Program Leader & Contact
Marlene Rebori
Program Leader & Contact
Mike Bindrup
Program Contact
Alec Bowman
Program Contact

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