Lyon County is located southeast of Reno with a portion of its lands running across the western border of the state. Lyon is home to mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and a population of 55,808 (NACo, 2020). The county’s largest cities, Yerington and Silver Springs, can be found along the US-95, one of few routes running from Mexico to Canada. Just south of Yerington is Lyon’s highest peak, Bald Mountain, sitting at 9,549 feet. To the north is Lahontan State Recreation Area, bordering neighboring Churchill County.
Like much of Nevada and lands in the southwest, Lyon County is quite dry and the sun can be seen shining year-round. Averaging 251 sunny days and only 8 inches of rain, Lyon is the perfect place to be outside and explore much of the year. July temps reach the low- to mid-90s while January sees temperatures dip into freezing territory, which causes an average of 16 inches of snow.
Lyon County and its communities offer plenty of excitement. At Dayton Valley Days, which generally run in September, one can experience a chili cook-off and the Kid Zone, which is full of games, face painting, and a photo booth. Also located near Dayton, one can take a train ride on the V&T Railway with scenic views of the Comstock.
For a more in-depth look at what makes Lyon County a community, read the full Lyon County Cultural Overview.