Lunar Crater Back Country Byway

Department of Transportation.

The Lunar Crater Back Country Byway is 24 miles long. It has been a National Natural Landmark since its designation in 1973. Along this bumpy and unpaved byway, explore a volcanic field complete with cinder cones and basalt flows similar to the findings on the moon. Easy Chair Crater is one of the first visible craters upon entering the byway. Continuing further you’ll pass through several rock formations and reach Lunar Crater. From Lunar Crater, see 20 other extinct volcanoes close by. Along with exploring the unique formations, enjoy the wildflowers and fantastic wildlife along the way.


Navigating the Byway:
The Lunar Crater Back Country Byway starts on Highway 6, 75 miles east of Tonopah in the southern portion of the Pancake Range in Nye County. The byway forms a loop bisected by U.S. Highway 6, and is marked by signs at its eastern and western entrances along the highway.

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