You may think you have died and gone to paradise, but actually you took a left turn out of Winnemucca and ended up in Paradise Valley.
This charming hamlet of picturesque farms and ranch lands is gateway to the Santa Rosa Mountains. Large cottonwood and poplar trees hang lazily over historic buildings, some of which are relics of the town's mining days of the early 1900s.
Forty miles north of Winnemucca lies a desert oasis so pretty, it appears to have been woven between soft mounds of mountains and the silver-coated sagebrush. Paradise Valley could be termed a living ghost town, but residents there would balk at such a distinction, favoring instead to call their tiny hamlet a refuge from the clangs and bangs of civilization.
The Paradise Valley Mercantile, the Paradise Saloon and a gas pump still conduct business. Working ranches and farms border the community. Plus, there’s nothing like strolling down Main Street, ice cream in hand, on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Whether visitors opt for a day trip or an overnight stay, Paradise Valley is perfect for those seeking solitude in a simple place that smells of sanity and fresh, clean air.
From Winnemucca, take U.S. Highway 95 north to State Route 290. Turn right and continue into Paradise Valley.