Located in the center of Northern Nevada’s Great Basin, the City of Elko is the geographic base of the Elko County region and the neighboring Eureka, White Pine and Lander Counties. Surrounded by the communities of Sprink Creek, Osino and Ryndon, Elko’s population approached 35,000.

Elko is rich in culture and Western heritage. Home to both the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone and the largest Basque population in the US, Elko hosts annual powwows and festivals. Ranching and mining continue as traditional industries. In the pioneer days, many trails traversed this area, establishing the city as the crossroads it continues to be.

Elko serves as the hub for the Northeast Nevada region, conveniently located between Boise, Reno and Salt Lake City. Health services, education, transportation and tourism flourish in Elko. Residential developments are abundant and private and public utilities meet commercial needs.

Geographic Location

Elko lies along Interstate 80 and is the largest city between Salt Lake and Reno/Sparks. The Humboldt River flows through the downtown, running parallel to the railroad tracks of the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe.


The majestic Ruby Mountains provide a backdrop for hiking, camping and heli-skiing. Elko’s 18-hole golf course is ranked in the nation’s top 40; sporting complexes, fairgrounds, movie theaters, city parks, and a community ski slope provide exceptional recreation opportunities.

Information provided by City Of Elko, Economic Dev.