Churchill County, Nevada is uniquely located. East of California, Reno and Carson City, Churchill spans 5,024 square miles encompassing mountains, valleys, ranges, lakes, channels and ponds. All throughout the county’s west side and center you can find many bodies of water, ranging from Lahontan Reservoir to the marsh area of Little Mallard Pond. The mountains lie further east, past the county seat of Fallon. Perhaps most telling of Churchill’s unique positioning is the route of Highway 50, which comes into Churchill from popular Lake Tahoe, passes through Fallon, and then goes on to run through the rest of Nevada as “The Loneliest Road in America,” leaving Churchill in the middle, with access to both the rural and the urban.
Year-round in Churchill, family-friendly events are hosted that bring together the county as a community. In Fallon, for example, there’s the New Year’s 5K Fun Run; Tractors and Truffles, which mixes ranching, farming, vineyard facilities and theatre; an all-out rodeo event in the DeGolyer Bucking Horse and Bull Bash; the Independence Day Parade; and the monster truck, dirt track racing, drag racing Octane Fest. On the natural side, tens of thousands of birds stop in Fallon for migration in May and June, making for a birdwatching haven.
All around in Churchill, there’s a helping hand. From the Concerts in the Park series to the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair, and from Lattin Farms to Middlegate, it’s clear that Churchill is an interconnected and active community that takes its unique location and runs with it.
For a more in-depth look at what makes Churchill County a community, read the full Churchill County Cultural Overview.