Fernley is an easy 30 minute drive to the historic Fort Churchill, the Buckland Station (currently being restored), and a Pony Express station. Fernley is just an hour's drive to historic Native American Petroglyphs (east of Fallon) and Virginia City (to the southwest). Historic ghost towns and mine sites are all within a day’s drive of Fernley. Fernley is close to outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing, including Lake Tahoe, Lahontan Reservoir, Pyramid Lake, and Walker Lake. The Fernley Wildlife Management area joins Fernley on the east with the Truckee River canal on the west.

Fernley has ten community parks that include tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, lighted baseball and softball fields, and rodeo grounds. The City is also applying for transfer of 2,246 acres of federal land for various public purposes. Off-road adventures include a professional ATV racetrack, the Fernley Raceway, and a paint ball gaming facility. The 18-hole Desert Lakes Golf Course provides recreational opportunities and full services in the clubhouse.

Fernley recently experienced growth due to its location near the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area and its excellent transportation systems that provide access to west coast markets. Fernley is situated on Interstate 80, approximately 28 miles east of Reno, and at the intersection of U. S. Highways 40, 50A, and 95A. Fernley also has rail (freight) access.

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