51 Fun Facts about Nevada (that most people don’t know!)

Whether you want some Nevada fun facts to use for a project or you want to impress people with your knowledge of the Silver State, we’ve put together some facts about Nevada that cover everything from weird laws to natural wonder to strange history.

Nevada has plenty of history, natural views, and beautiful small towns, and these interesting facts about Nevada are a real tribute to all of the fun Nevada facts to be found (we could have kept going, but kept it to the 51 best ones!).

Keep reading for weird facts about Nevada, amazing facts about Nevada, cool facts about Nevada, and plenty of fun Nevada facts to keep you guessing (or help you put together an awesome Nevada trivia quiz!)

And don’t forget to put on your Nevada playlist while browsing these amazing fun facts!

Nevada Fun Facts

1. The state nicknames include: The Silver State, Battle Born State, Sagebrush State.

2. There are 148,690 hotel rooms in Las Vegas.

3. The state reptile is the Desert Tortoise.

4. Las Vegas is home to one of the largest Mormon populations in the world.

5. Baccarat is one of the biggest games in Las Vegas.

Death Valley

6. The “Las Vegas Strip” is technically located just outside the city, the border of which is Sarah Avenue.

7. The largest industries in Nevada include: Tourism, logistics, manufacturing, mining and aerospace.

8. The highest point is Boundary Peak which is 13,147 ft.

9. The lowest point in the state is the Colorado River.

Henderson, Nevada

10. Nevada became a state in October 31, 1864.

Interesting Facts about Nevada

11. Nevada has 4 national park and 15 state parks.

12. Over 40 million people visited Las Vegas in 2018.

13. Las Vegas is the 28th-most populated city in the US.

14. Prehistoric Indian settlements existed in Nevada more than 15,000 years ago.

Nevada desert

15. Nevada is the driest state in the US.

16. The word “Nevada” comes from the Spanish nevada, which means, “snow-covered.”

17. Nevada is the 7th largest state in the US.

18. The first Europeans to arrive in the area were the Spaniards.

19. The Mojave Desert is considered the smallest desert in the US.

Nevada flag

20. The state song is: Home Means Nevada.

Weird Facts about Nevada

21. The State of Nevada is prevented by law from running a lottery.

22. Nevada is home to the Extraterrestrial Highway, known as State Route 375, which has been known to see a lot of UFO activity.

23. People in Las Vegas consume over 60,000 pounds of shrimp a day.

Nevada map

24. Even though it’s the driest state in US, Nevada’s mountain peaks have snow throughout much of the year.

25. In Eureka men with mustaches are not allowed to kiss women.

26. Nevada is home to a clown-themed motel filled with a collection of disturbing and unique figurines.

27. The state fish is the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

Reno sign

28. The Kangaroo Rat, typically found in Death Valley, can survive its entire lifespan without drinking a single drop of liquid.

29. Nevada is home to the oldest mummified human remains in the US.

30. Technically, the federal government still owns around 80% of Nevada.

Random Facts about Nevada

31. The Bellagio hotel was inspired by the Lake Como town of Bellagio in Italy.

Reno cityscape

32. The Burning Man festival takes place in Nevada in Black Rock Desert.

33. The tourism industry is the largest in Nevada.

34. The Republic of Molossia can be found near Dayton, Nevada.

35. Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation.


36. A majority of the United States’ wild horse population is located in Nevada.

37. The Hoover Dam construction zones were the first to require entrants to wear hard hats! Learn more about the dam on these incredible Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas.

38. The Venetian resort complex is the second-largest hotel in the world.

39. Nevada is home to the Washoe, Northern Paiute, and Southern Paiute tribes.

Valley of Fire

40. Historically Nevada has been known to be a ‘swing state’, due to throwing their electoral votes behind 31 of 38 eventual presidents since statehood.

Amazing Facts about Nevada

41. 300 naturally-occurring springs can be found in Nevada.

42. The state motto is: “All for Our Country.”

43. Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city on Earth.

44. The state animal is the Desert Bighorn Sheep.

Vegas wedding chapel

45. Area 51, a top secret area of Nellis Air Force Range, has long been associated with alien & UFO sightings.

46. The capital city is Carson City.

47. Nevada was the first state to ratify the 15th amendment.

48. The Comstock Lode silver deposit was found in Nevada in 1859.

Vegas sign

49. The state bird is the Mountain Bluebird.

50. 15 of the top 25 largest hotels in the world can be found in Las Vegas.

51. The largest city in Nevada is Las Vegas.

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