Silver Stage Players calls Elko, Nevada home. Elko has often been called "a small town in splendid isolation." It was deemed the "Best Small Town in America" by an independent, national publication. The city of Elko is home to nearly 21,000 residents while Elko County's population exceeds 52,000 people.
Elko rests at 5,060 feet above sea level with the Ruby Mountains towering over 11,000 feet. The Elko area is 11.5 square miles while the county consumes more than 17,135 square miles. The lowest average temperature throughout the area is 25 degrees F in the winter and its high average of 71 F in the summer.
Elko is situated in the Great Basin of Nevada and is considered the high desert. Rainfall averages 9.93 inches annually with the majority being snow. Expect cool nights any time of the year while days are mostly sunny. Temperature variations between days and nights can be extreme. Sometimes as much as 50+ degrees F. Even more extreme temperatures can hit the area. There are days over 100 degrees F in the summer and we have seen the area sink into the -20's F in the coldest winters.
If you wish to experience the real wild, WILD west, with real cowboys, clear-blue sky, towering granite mountains, look for gold, be a guest at the annual Great Basin College Film Festival, float in the sky in a hot air balloon in the Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival, take in one of the most unique events of the year with Poe & Pints a mash-up of craft-beer tasting and dramatized works of Edgar Allan Poe, listen to tales during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Western Folklife Center, learn about the Basque culture during the National Basque Festival or try your luck at a casino then the northeastern Nevada, Elko area has everything you want and more! Check out the Elko Area Chamber of Commerce for more local details!
You could never guess while driving 80 mph on the freeway that mere minutes from Elko are the majestic Ruby Mountains. The Rubies have been called the "Alps of Nevada" and are some of the tallest mountains in the state. The region is a Mecca for fishermen, hunters, hikers, climbers, back-packers, rock-hounds, extreme skiers, off-road driving enthusiasts, water skiers, and explorers alike. The Jarbidge Wilderness just 60 miles north of Elko is a protected and pristine Alpine region. During the winter months you might also enjoy ice fishing at one of the nearby reservoirs. In Spanish, 'Nevada' means 'snow-covered.' Northeast Nevada, in winter, often lives up to the state's name.
The area also has a thriving arts community. There are dance studios, art galleries like the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, even poetry and music hotspots. Theatergoers can enjoy live theater at local area high schools including: Elko High School , Spring Creek High School, and Carlin High School. For theater with a collegiate flair join Great Basin College theater and its students for shows throughout the year. For family-friendly fare, check out the Elko Overland Stage Theatre Company. EOSTC is dedicated to providing the greater Elko community with plays and other types of artistic, wholesome theatrical productions that are suitable for family involvement. Check out their Facebook page! Ghost Light Productions offers productions, classes and theater opportunities bringing experience and new blood to the local arts community. Check out their Facebook page here.
For a diverse plate of theater from comedies to the latest Broadway and off-Broadway productions, join Elko's very own community theater group the Silver Stage Players with shows throughout the year. Performances are held in many different venues including; Northeastern Nevada Museum, Cowboy Joe, the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, Perpetual Motion Dance Studios, the Elko Convention Center, the Great Basin College Theater, the Eureka Opera House, the Elko City Park, Stockmens Hotel and Casino, and some even more eclectic settings.
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