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The Toiyabe Range and the Big Smoky Valley
South of Austin, Nevada

Big Smoky Valley, named by Fremont, is flanked by the Toiyabe and Toquima Ranges, two of the state's longest and highest, and is located at the geographic center of the state. The alternation of basin and range that characterizes so much of Nevada is beautifully displayed.

There is not much here for the average traveler except the wonderful feeling of space. Big Smoky Valley has one of the few paved north-south roads. Spence Hot Springs is on a dirt road a few miles south of Highway 50.


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Powerlines stretching in straight lines out of sight in both directions emphasize the vast empty scale of the basin and range valleys

Big Smoky Valley, east of Austin, Nevada

Date photographed: June 26, 2013
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A nicely developed natural hot spring pool with a great view

Spencer Hot Springs in the Big Smoky Valley, east of Austin, Nevada

Date photographed: June 26, 2013
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A round cattle trough provides a sheltered and clean soaking venue

Spencer Hot Springs in the Big Smoky Valley, east of Austin, Nevada

Date photographed: June 26, 2013
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Goldfish at Spencer Hot Springs

Goldfish at Spencer Hot Springs

Goldfish have been introduced to the stairstep ponds below one of the hot springs

Spencer Hot Springs in the Big Smoky Valley, east of Austin, Nevada

Date photographed: June 26, 2013
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A stretch of old Highway 50 alongside the new alignment, both of them following the old Overland Stage route

Highway 50 near Hickison Summit, east of Austin, Nevada

Date photographed: June 26, 2013
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Looking over the Big Smokey Valley to the Toiyabe Range from Hickison Pass

Looking over the Big Smokey Valley to the Toiyabe Range from Hickison Pass

Looking over the Big Smokey Valley to the Toiyabe Range from Hickison Pass

, Nevada

Date photographed: May 30, 2004

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