Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway
Length: 30.2 mi / 48.6 km
Time to Allow: Two hours to drive (including backtracking) or all day to enjoy the byway.
Pyramid Lake, sponsored by Native Americans, takes you to one of the largest desert lakes in the world. It is landlocked on the barren desert floor and its colors change from green, to turquoise, to deep blue. The lake is also a resting place for a variety of migrating waterfowl.
Pyramid Lake, on the Paiute Indian Reservation just north of Reno, Nevada, is a deep blue jewel surrounded by desert mountains. Surprisingly, it hosts one of the largest nesting colonies of American White Pelicans in North America.
Pyramid Lake, with its sparkling waters and sandy shores, is like a bright jewel in the Nevada desert landscape. The Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway, beginning in Sparks, Nevada, and circling around the southern edge of the lake, will take you on a trip that will inspire reverence of the landscapes of the West. Famous for its unique natural tufa rock formations and eerily crystal-clear water, Pyramid Lake is not a typical recreational destination but it is certainly an extraordinary adventure.
to Enjoy the Ride...
1-Day Trip: Pyramid Lake Tour
Byway travelers can start in either Sparks or Wadsworth, because the driving directions given here start and end in the Reno/Sparks area....