Lunar Crater Back Country Byway
The term “other worldly” is thrown around a lot in describing unique landscapes, but with a name like Lunar Crater, central Nevada’s eons-old volcanic field certainly qualifies for such a distinction. About midway between Tonopah and Ely off U.S. Highway 6, the crater and the dozens of cinder cones, ancient lava flows, and other craters around it are the most significant evidence of past volcanic activity in the state. In the early 1970s, the crater was used to train astronauts for the Apollo moon missions.

The Lunar Crater National Back Country Byway leads to the 400-foot-deep bowl and other significant formations in the area such as Easy Chair Crater, Black Rock Lava Flow, and Lunar Lake, a typically dry alkali lake bed.

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