The Battle Mountain Livestock and Event Center is utilized for many events throughout the year. The Event Center amenities include horse trailer parking, grandstand seating, concession building, and large arena, warm up pens, timing booths, new sound and PA system. Overnight animal boarding for a fee will soon be available.
Many organizations host events during the year including; The Gold Country Grange, who puts on a Summer Gymkhana series. Other events include the Lander County Fair, Battle Mountain High School Rodeo, Buster Miller JR. Rodeo. They are equipped for large Pro Rodeos as well.
Located at 561 Altenburg Ave. Includes covered areas, picnic tables, restrooms, barbeques, volleyball, Horseshoe Pits and a newly renovated playground for the kids.
Located on North Reese Street. Includes covered areas, picnic tables, restrooms, barbeques, horseshoe pit and a newly renovated playground.
Located on Bastian Road. Includes Covered area, picnic tables, barbeques, volleyball, basketball and a playground.
Located on East Antelope and Bryson Streets. Includes covered area, picnic tables, barbeques and a playground.
Battle Mountain Sports Complex
Located on Lemaire road by the Jr High. Includes 2 lighted tennis courts, skate park, spectator stands, lighted baseball fields, restrooms, and a concession stand. Lighted soccer fields and a fast pitch field coming soon.
Battle Mountain Softball Fields
Located at 100 Fairway Drive . Includes 2 softball fields, Concession stands, restrooms and spectator stands.
Looking for a little Motocross action? Battle Mountain's Motocross track is located just past the BM Raceway track by the Airport. The nicely groomed track is open to motorcycles and ATVs. Amenities include a large flat parking area, spectator stands, and restrooms. Overnight parking is available for a fee. They have also recently added a dust control system, a new sound system and the My Laps System (transponders to count laps) making this track one of the best in the area!
For more information go to their Facebook page: Battle Mountain Motocross Association
There's only one word for racing action in Battle Mountain, and that word is fast! The Battle Mountain Raceway runs IMCA Modifieds, Outlaw Karts, Dwarf Cars, Pro Stock and Pure Stock. Amenities include spectator stands, restrooms, concession stand, sound system and My Laps System to aid in counting the laps for each racer. Overnight parking is available for a fee. The well-groomed track is a favorite of the racers who come to Battle Mountain. Plus, there are mud bogs a derby and much, much more. Racing takes place every other weekend. Gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 7pm. Pit admission and memberships are available.
Battle Mountain Recreation Center will be completed and opened by summer of 2017. The 10,000 square feet building will feature a full gym with Complete Circuit Pro Package, racquet ball court, competition size pool, splash pads, kiddie pool and a game room. Fun for the whole family. They will have swimming lessons, water aerobics and a Aquatics Spin class. It's open to the public, so stop by while you're visiting Battle Mountain and enjoy the great facility! Please call 775.635.3336 for more information.
The Copper Basin Mountain Bike Trailhead is located 3 miles south of Battle Mountain of State Route 305. The trail system is marked with brown fiberglass markers. The loops offer a variety of technical and aerobic challenges on a combination of single and double track trails. Steep climbs and fast, technical descents wind through historic mining areas, sagebrush covered canyons, and rocky ridge tops in the northern Battle Mountain Range. Enjoy the trails for a quick 1-hour ride or a weekend-long adventure! Remember to prepare for the heat during the summer months by riding at dusk and dawn, and bring plenty of water.
Beginning riders will enjoy the Pony Express Loop, a 10-mile track follows a section of the Pony Express Trail through Emigrant Pass. A few of the climbs may challenge newbies, but overall the course is very acceptable.
The Crest Cut-Off Trail near Austin is for more advanced riders. The challenging trail includes many step and technical sections. The trail crests at 8,934 feet, the begins the decent through Dry Canyon and along the return trail to Austin. In all, there are six prepared trails for mountain bikers in the Austin area.
To many people, it may come as a surprise that the area around Battle Mountain is teeming with hunting, fishing, and trapping opportunities.
Large game. Battle Mountain is situated in Mule Deer Management Area 15, which has a high hunter success rate. The number of four-point or better bucks harvested comprises a good percentage of the total are harvest. Sometimes, the deer populations are so large that the deer venture into populated areas, as well as habituating the river area and their favored canyons.
Pronghorn antelope populations just north of Battle Mountain are plentiful, and the California species of Bighorn Sheep have recently been reintroduced into historic habitat in the Sheep Creek Range of northern Lander County – the area around Battle Mountain. A limited number of California Bighorn Sheep tags are available each year.
Mountain lion populations in the Battle Mountain area remain at healthy levels. The occasional paw print of a lion can be seen when walking in the hills, but these shy cats rarely come near civilization. The few people who are lucky enough to observe them get quite a thrill. A limited number of mountain lion tags are available each year, with hunters reporting good success in their efforts.
Birds. The Battle Mountain area provides good hunting for chukar, sage grouse, and rabbits within a short drive of town. Waterfowl opportunities are mostly confined to the Humboldt River.
Small Game. There are many opportunities for small game hunting as well. Some species, including black-tailed jack rabbits, coyote, skunk, weasel, and ground squirrel do not require a hunting license to harvest. Others, such as bobcat, gray fox, kit fox, red fox, beaver, muskrat, otter, and mink have trapping tags available for both residents and non-residents.
Fishing. Several small streams near Battle Mountain offer limited fishing for brook trout and rainbow trout. All are within a 25-minute drive from downtown Battle Mountain. The Willow Creek Ponds are a local favorite.
Mill Creek Area is located 20 miles south of Battle Mountain off State Route 305. This no fee recreation area is open year-round, and offers a shady spot to camp, picnic and discover ruminants from the 1930's Civilian Conservation Corp camp that was located along Mill Creek. Vault toilets are provided; however, no potable water is available. A hiking trail heads down the mountain and crosses the creek. Campers may stay up to 14 days.
Among norther Nevada's greatest assets are its beautiful, rugged mountain ranges. Explorers who have taken an interest in their beauty have often been treated to little secrets that lay hidden in those deep canyons. From the town of Battle Mountain, most people would not expect that within 25 minutes away they could be walking under a canopy of trees and watching their footing on moss covered rocks.
In the spirit of a true desert oasis, Lewis Canyon lies hidden only 14 miles south of town. A small outcropping of trees marks the mouth of the canyon and a well- maintained gravel road lends testament to the canyon's importance to the locals.
The current road is good enough to allow access to anyone, although it is narrow enough that oncoming traffic is a concern. In the bottom half of the canyon there are picnic areas (no tables) and trees to allow visitors to enjoy the stream that flows through the area.
The change is surroundings is guaranteed to take 10 degrees off the ambient temperature of a hot summer day.
Unless you are in the mood and prepared for some four-wheeling it is recommended that you not go past the third big out cropping of trees. If, however, you are an adventurer the road continues and there are a couple of places to end up while staying firmly on the beaten path.
Whichever route you choose be sure to watch for critters. The cool mountain terrain is home to many forms of wildlife, and in this case, some not so wildlife as well. It is not uncommon to run into cattle in your travels. Other animals that can be seen include mule deer, jack rabbits, ground squirrels. Coyotes, mountain lions, chukar, and snakes to name a few.
To get to Lewis Canyon you need to get pointed south on the State Route 305 overpass in Battle Mountain. Take a left at the bottom of the overpass onto Old Highway 8 A. Follow that road out about 12 miles (half pavement -half dirt road) you will pass a ranch on your right with tall trees. The road forks just past the ranch. Stay left at the fork and keep going straight on that road until you get to the mouth of the canyon. From there , just go where the road takes you and enjoy on of Lander Counties Hidden Treasures.
The Picture says it all: "Come to Battle Mountain! " doesn't it? This little fishing hole is certainly an inviting little spot in our part of the country. The small, semi developed area is known as Willow Creek Ponds.
It is located on land owned by Newmont Gold Corporation, one of the World's largest gold producers, and a truly generous land-owner where the Willow Creek is concerned.
Willow Creek Reservoirs are actually two, small man-made ponds originally built as a water supply for local mining and livestock.
In response to angling demand since the early 1060's, the ponds' primary use is for fishing. The reservoirs have a combined surface area of approximately 1 acre and a maximum depth of approximately 8 feet.
The reservoirs are stacked with rainbow trout twice a year to support the popular recreation fishery. In recent years, yellow perch have also been introduced. In addition to fishing, camping and picnicking Willow Creek is popular with deer and upland bird hunters and rock-hounders.
The Battle Mountain Golf Course is a challenging USGA-rated, nine hole course carved from the Northern Nevada desert and located one mile South on Highway 305. The construction of for a course was approved in 1987 and funded by the L.C. Convention & Tourism Authority.
The course incorporates tight doglegs, narrow fairways, and natural sagebrush to offer players of all levels a challenging and exciting round of golf. In 2016 L. C. upgraded the sprinkler system, level the greens and planted new sod on tee boxes. They also made improvements on the pond and paved portions of the paths. The club house has also had renovations to it as well as the patio outside.
Before playing a round of golf you can choose to hit a bucket of balls at the driving rage or practice you're pitching and putting at the practice green. The course is very accessible, and advanced tee times are not necessary. Carts are available for rent, but the close proximity of the holes makes for an enjoyable walking experience. The club house includes full bar and restaurant. For a schedule of events, book an event or more information, please call the Mountain View Golf Course 775-635-2380.
The Shoshone Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails System is Nevada's first professionally designed, off-road vehicle trail system.
The trail is a perfect fit for avid or casual ATV riders who are looking for that next unique Western adventure on wheels in Nevada's scenic Great Basin.
The Shoshone trail system straddles peaks of more than 8,000 feet and presents the sweeping vistas and refreshing pine ridges of north-central Nevada's basin and range country, while passing through several high-desert ecosystems. The dynamic terrain, and the design by Dick Dufourd of RecConnect, reveal the Shoshone OHV Trail Complex as a unique opportunity for outdoor motor and pedal sports enthusiasts, and specifically ATV families.
The trail is located on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The fun starts 25 miles south of Battle Mountain. The system currently includes 60 miles of trails, but will ultimately encompass 184 miles of trails for ATV and UTVs as well as trails for jeeps and larger trucks.
The Shoshone Trail System was seven years in the planning and is a joint effort of the Battle Mountain District Office of the BLM, Great Basin Institute, Lander County, Nevada State Parks and the Northern Nevada ATV Association. System highlights include:
30 miles of new, professionally-built trails, with another 30 plus under construction;
Flat staging area, perfect for on-and-off-load trailers;
Warm-up loops and full trail signage that includes degree of difficulty ratings:
Camping facilities at Mill Creek just six miles from the Red Rock Trail;
Dry, dispersed camping throughout the complex; and,
Overnight lodging, restaurants, vehicle parts and repair, and many other amenities nearby in Battle Mountain.
More information can be obtained from L.C. Convention & Tourism Authority at 775.635.1112 or the Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain Field Office at 775.635.4000
The Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in central Nevada are administered by the Battle Mountain BLM District in Battle Mountain, Nevada. There are 28 HMAs in the Battle Mountain District, with seven located in Lander County. Members of the public are welcome to view and photograph wild horses and burros on the range, without harassing or chasing them, as that is against the law.
South of Battle Mountain, the Shoshone Range (South Shoshone HMA) provides easy access to viewing horses, which can usually be seen at both the lower and higher elevations. Farther south, wild horses can be viewed throughout the Ravenswood, and New Pass Ranges and Antelope Valley (New Pass/Ravenswood HMA). The Toiyabe Range, east of Highway 305 is home to the Callaghan and Bald Mountain HMAs, which also provides viewing opportunities throughout mountainous terrain and riparian drainages. The Hickison Burro HMA is located south east of Austin. Burros frequent the area near the Spencer Hot Springs and can be found grazing the hillsides throughout the areas administered by the BLM and USFS.
Wild horse viewing is a fun family activity. The BLM can provide the public with up to date information about viewing areas, as well as helpful maps and safety information. For more information, please contact Shawna Richardson, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist 775-635-9642 and visit the BLM website (www.blm.gov) and BLM Nevada Facebook page for more information about wild horses and burros in Nevada!