City of Winnemucca

Quick Facts

  • Population: 8,000
  • Elevation: 4,300
  • Square miles: 9.6
  • Incorporated October 4, 1917
  • The Oasis in the High Desert
  • 100 years: 1917-2017
  • City named after Paiute Indian Chief and daughter Sarah Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada is the cross-road linking the northern route on US Highway 95 from Oregon and Idaho to Interstate 80 which spans from East to West across northern Nevada, bridging the gap between central California and Utah. Many people
are surprised to find us in this high desert landscape and our City is often referred to as an “oasis in the desert” by those passing through.

Winnemucca is a great place to live and a great place to work. We’re a community of about 17,000 located in north central Nevada, in the heart of the Great Basin.

Winnemucca is surrounded by vast unpopulated stretches of land. This provides an opportunity for nearly unlimited access for exploring, sightseeing, hunting, fishing and many other recreational opportunities.

The region has a mild high desert climate, 225 days of sunshine per year, warm days in the summer moderated by the cool summer nights. Winters are easy, with an average of only 53 days per year that the temperature drops below freezing.

  • Highways: Interstate 80, Hwy 95
  • Non-commercial airport (100LL and JetA fuel). Five miles southwest of Winnemucca. Four runways, two helipads, hangars and tiedowns.
  • Rail line with spurs, Union Pacific and BNSF

Served by the following utilities:

  • NV Energy
  • Harney Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Southwest Gas
  • City of Winnemucca Municipal Utilities

Existing industries

  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Ranching/Farming
  • Agriculture
  • Visitor Services
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