Explore this Nevada map to learn about the thirty-sixth state of the US. Learn about Nevada’s location in the United States, official seal/flag, geography, climate, area codes, zip codes, timezones, etc. Look at the major cities, the capital city’s location, history of the state, trails (hiking, cycling, backpacking, etc.), national parks, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), and many more.
Nevada is the 36th state in the USA. It is the 7th most extensive, the 32nd most populous, and the 9th least densely populated of the US states. While Carson City is Nevada’s capital city, Las Vegas is the largest. Most of Nevada’s population lives in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.
The US state of Nevada has many nicknames, such as:
- The Silver State
- The Battle Born State
- The Sagebrush State
“All for Our Country” is Nevada’s state motto.
The flag of Nevada was adopted on July 25, 1991. The flag of Nevada consists of a cobalt blue base with a variant of the state’s emblem with four white stars in each of the four corners. Governor John Sparks and Col. Harry Day created the first flag of Nevada. That flag was used till 1929, after which it was redesigned into the current one.
The emblem of Nevada is derived from the Seal of the Territory of Nevada. Nevada was identified as a state in 1864 by the proclamation of President Lincoln. In 1864, the motto “Volens et Potens” (willing and able) was replaced by “All for Our Country.”
Thus, the design of the emblem was formalized. Whereas a silver miner and his team moving a cart of ore from the mountain in the foreground stands for Nevada’s mineral resources, transportation and communication are symbolized by a train streaming across the background.
A sheaf of wheat, a sickle, and a plow in the background show agriculture, while a sun rising over the mountains offers the natural environment. The inner circle contains the motto, and Nevada’s entry as the 36th state is shown by 36 stars in the inner ring. The perimeter proclaims “the Great Seal of Nevada.”
Learn more exciting aspects of the State from Nevada Facts & Trivia.
The State of Nevada is a landlocked state in the western part of the US. It shares its borders with:
- Oregon (in the northwest)
- Idaho (in the northeast)
- California (in the west)
- Arizona (in the southeast)
- Utah (in the east)
Nevada’s precise location is 35 degrees N to 42° N Latitude and 114° 2′ W to 120° W Longitude. Check the Nevada Longitude and Latitude Map to learn more about the location.
Nevada Time Zones
Almost all of Nevada is in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8). The few exceptions near the borders observe Mountain Time (UTC-7).
Nevada occupies a total area of 110,577 sq mi (286,382 sq km) out of which land area is 109,781.18 sq mi (284,332 sq km) and water area is 791 sq mi (2,048 sq km). It is the 7th largest state in the US.
Nevada is a Basin and Range province broken up by many north-south mountain ranges. A considerable area of the northern part of the state is housed by the great basin, a mild desert.
The Humboldt River crosses Nevada from east to west across the state’s north, finally draining into the Humboldt sink. A lot of rivers drain eastward. These rivers are endorheic basins ending in water bodies like the Carson Sink. Tributaries of the Snake River drain far north, and the Colorado River drains much of southern Nevada, forming its boundary with Arizona.
Nevada is also home to mountain ranges, some of which have peaks above 13,000 feet, green forests, and desert plains. The southern part of the state housing Las Vegas is within the Mojave Desert.
Nevada has 172 mountain summits in total and ranks second in the number of mountains in the US after Alaska. Its largest mountain range is the Spring Mountain Range, and its lowest point is along the Colorado River. Check this Nevada Topographic Map to learn more.
Learn about the mountain peaks, rivers, lakes, the state capital, state boundary, ocean, and neighboring states from this Physical Map of Nevada.
Nevada is the driest state in the US. Las Vegas Valley is an exception. It is mostly made up of desert and semi-arid climate regions. The average summer diurnal temperature approaches 40 °F (4.44 °C) in most areas of the state.
While winters in southern Nevada are short and mild, winters in the north of the state are long and chilly. The east and northeast slopes of Sierra Nevada receive the most rainfall. Most states survive on scarce precipitation all year long.
The average annual precipitation per year is around 7 inches (177.8 mm), with the wettest parts getting around 40 inches (1,016 mm). Laughlin and San Jacinto in Nevada have the highest and lowest recorded temperatures, respectively.
To learn more about the climatic condition of Nevada, check out the Key Facts of Nevada.
The earliest inhabitants of Nevada were the native American tribes, including the Goshute, the Southern Paiute people, the Mohave people, and the Washoe people.
Nevada became a part of the Spanish Empire in the northwestern territory of New Spain. In 1804, when the Californians were split, Nevada became a part of Upper California.
As a part of the Mexican Cession and the California Gold Rush that used Emigrant Trails, the area primarily emerged as the Utah territory before evolving as the Nevada Territory. In 1861, the Nevada Territory separated from the Utah Territory and renamed itself Nevada.
Nevada has 17 counties. Carson City legally functions as both a county and a city. Clark County is the most populous county in Nevada and houses nearly three-quarters of its residents. Las Vegas has been its county seat since it was formed in 1909.
Washoe County is the second most populous county in Nevada, having its county seat in Reno. In terms of size, the largest county in Nevada in Nye County. It occupies 18,199 square miles (47,135.2 sq km). The smallest county, in terms of size, is Carson City (157 sq mi or 406.6 sq km). Check the Nevada County Map to learn more about the counties.
The US State of Nevada has the following area codes:
The Nevada Area Codes Map helps you locate a particular area code. You can also use it to learn more about the area code boundary, county/state boundaries, and state capital.
There are 169 active zip codes in Nevada. The best zip codes to live in Nevada are 89138, 89509, 89501, 89519, 89413, etc. You can locate a particular zip code’s location, state boundary, and state capital with the help of the Nevada Zip Codes Map.
Nevada Major Cities
Learn about the major cities from this Nevada cities map. It will also help you know where the state capital, other cities, state boundaries, neighboring states, oceans, etc., are. Nevada’s most prominent cities are Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, Carson City, Boulder City, and others. Check out the Nevada Cities Map for more details.
The busiest airports in Nevada are North Las Vegas Airport, Harry Reid International Airport, and Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Check the location of all the airports in the state on the Nevada Airports Map. This map also shows Nevada’s state and country boundaries, cities, the state capital, neighboring states, and oceans.
Nevada National Park and Trails
Nevada has four national parks, mainly in the northern and southern regions of the state. The total number of visitors visiting this state every year is around 6,143,460. The major national parks in the state are Great Basin National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Death Valley National Park, etc.
In Nevada, you can enjoy several recreational trails (hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and other adventurous trails). Currently, there are 1,006 such trails across Nevada. The most popular ones are the Pony Express National Historic Trail, California National Historic Trail, Old Spanish National Historic Trail, etc.
There are 68 wilderness areas in the state. The state parks constitute protected areas, national parks, historic sites, and recreational areas. There are 24 state park units in total.
Check out the National Parks in Nevada Map to get a clear idea about the locations of different national parks, monuments, preserves, etc.
FAQs on Nevada
FAQ #1: What Time Zone Is Nevada?
Ans: The time zone in Nevada is UTC−08:00 (Pacific). Its Summer (DST) time zone is UTC−07:00 (PDT). In Western Wendover, it is UTC-07:00 (Mountain), and the summer time zone is UTC-06:00(MDT).
FAQ #2: Where is Nevada?
Ans: Nevada is located in the western region of the USA.
FAQ #3: Is Nevada A Red State?
Ans: Considering the last twelve US Presidential elections since 1976, Nevada can be considered a swing state. Both the Democratic Party (the Blues) and the Republican Party (the Reds) have won Nevada 6-times each during the last 12 US Presidential elections. However, in the last four presidential elections (2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020), the Democrats have won this state. Nevada is considered a swing state, but it is inclined more towards the blues in the recent elections.
FAQ #4: What Is Nevada Known For?
Ans: Nevada is the Silver State of the US but is also famous for its gold production. It supplies 75% of gold in the US. Copper and black opals are the other natural resources popular in Nevada. It is also the birthplace of blue jeans and Nevada’s famous Las Vegas, filled with giant casinos and strip clubs.
FAQ #5: What Is The Capital Of Nevada?
Ans: Carson City is the capital of Nevada.
FAQ #6: What Planting Zone Is Nevada?
Ans: In Nevada, the planting zone ranges from 4a to 10a.
FAQ #7: How Many Lakes Are In Nevada?
Ans: There are around 36 lakes in Nevada. Lake Mead, Lake Tahoe, Lake Mohave, Lake Las Vegas, Pyramid Lake, Mono Lake, etc., are some of the major lakes in Nevada.
FAQ #8: What Is The Population Of Nevada?
Ans: The population of Nevada in 2022 is estimated to be 3.2 million.
FAQ #9: Who Is The Governor Of Nevada?
Ans: Steve Sisolak from the Democratic Party is the incumbent governor of Nevada. He assumed office as the 30th Governor of Nevada on January 7, 2019.
FAQ #10: Are There Bears In Nevada?
Ans: Yes, Black Bears and Grizzly Bears are mainly found in the Great Basin region of Nevada.