Nevada’s major tourist season is in the summer from June to September, though some desert locations, like certain parts of Death Valley, are actually closed to the general public due to brutal heat. Winter sees the higher passes in some of the parks closed due to snow. Off-season visits are often a good option.
Las Vegas sees throngs of visitors in the summer. The best time to visit Las Vegas is actually in from Thanksgiving to Christmas, when hotels are dirt-cheap and crowds are thinner (still, be sure to make reservations well in advance).
State Abbreviation: NV
State Capital: Carson City
Largest City: Las Vegas
Area: 110,567 square miles (7th biggest state in the USA)
Nevada Population: 2,334,771 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: tourism, mining, hydro-electric power
Nevada Rivers: Colorado River, Humboldt River, Truckee River
Nevada Lakes: Pyramid Lake, Lake Mead, Lake Mojave, Lake Tahoe, Walker Lake