Top Things to Do Year Round in Winnemucca, Nevada

Travelers are surprised to find our small city of Winnemucca and have nicknamed it “an oasis in the desert.” But for everyone who’s lived here, it can’t come as much of a surprise. Check out some of our favorite things to do here in Winnemucca. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from exploring, head to Chihuahua’s Cantina and Grill for some of the best authentic and filling Mexican eats in Northern Nevada.

Hunt for Gems at Royal Peacock Black Fire Opal Mine

One of the best things to do in the spring, summer and fall in Winnemucca is living like a prospector for a day. Black fire opals are gorgeous natural gemstones to find in the dirt, and you get to keep whatever you mine! Gem enthusiasts have found opals as large as 130 pounds at the mines, so there is definitely a chance to strike it big. View the mine’s website here.

Visit the Humboldt Museum

As the halfway city between San Francisco and Salt Lake City, Winnemucca has a rich history.  Most of the artifacts in the Humboldt Museum are important parts of Winnemucca and its humble beginnings, from antique cars to clothing, furniture, and valuables of different eras. One of the most prominent displays is the skeletal remains of a Colombian Mammoth found in the area. The fossil of the new ichthyosaur species, discovered in the nearby Black Rock Desert, is housed here too. 

The museum property extends to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church from 1907, the Greinstein Building from the 1880s, and the Richardson-Saunders house from 1899. 

The Humboldt Museum has free admission, but relies on donations from visitors. Click here to learn more.

Hike to Winnemucca Lake

Here in Humboldt County, there is over 9,000 square miles of the most spectacular scenery that the state has to offer, in addition to a wide array of recreational opportunities. The Winnemucca Mountain Trails are the best to hike in the spring and summer. 

Known as a dry lake or playa, Winnemucca Lake is almost 30 miles long. Its western end is home to several boulders carved with petroglyphs within the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. Pyramid Lake is also an important and lively landmark of the area. 

The Winnemucca Mountain trails are also beautiful to hike in the spring and early summer. Described as a 9.4 mile, moderate hike, making your way to the top and seeing the painted “M” up close in person at the top is worth it! Enjoy panoramic views of the city and Northern Nevada from this amazing vantage point as well. 

The Humboldt River has been called the crookedest river in the world. The best place to see its twists and turns is at Button Point, a rest stop eight miles east of here in Winnemucca. For more about the best trails and rest stops with scenic views, click here

Eat at the Best Winnemucca Restaurants

What are the best Winnemucca Restaurants? That’s a great question to ask! Locals have plenty of ideas in mind when it comes to places to eat in Winnemucca. For some of the best food in Winnemucca, check out Chihuahua’s Cantina and Grill. From traditional ingredients to a delightfully surprising to a delightfully surprising mix of flavors, there is something to suit everyone on the menu. Take a look at our full list of Winnemucca specials and book your reservation with Chihuahua’s today!

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Top 8 Items to Try at Chihuahua’s, Your Local Mexican Restaurant

Whether it’s your first visit to Chihuahua’s Mexican Cantina and Grill or your 50th, it’s always great to try something new and get the inside scoop on the best dishes! Or maybe you just can’t decide? That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top 8 foods and drinks on both Chihuahua’s Reno and Winnemucca menus. With the following guide, we’re certain you will be delighted and taken on a tasteful journey when you dine with us!

A Taste Of Chihuahua’s Restaurant Menu 

#1: El Volcan Molcajete

Made for sharing with 2-3 others, this dish overflowing with spicy goodness is prepared and served in a bowl made of volcanic stone, inspired by the volcano in Mexico shaped just like it! Inside, you’ll indulge in thinly sliced and marinated arrachera, spicy chorizo, tart and juicy nopal pads, fresh shrimp, and chicken. Topping it all off is moist and tangy queso fresco, sizzling ranchera sauce, and onions. This one-of-a-kind delicacy is served with a side of rice, beans, and tortillas, so you leave Chihuahua’s with a unique taste of Mexico that can’t be found anywhere else!

#2: Burrito Chihuahua

A burrito made Chihuahua’s style is not just any burrito. A tortilla filled with spicy carne asada, rice, beans, sour cream, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese, all smothered in our famous Salsa Verde should be just enough description for you to want to wolf down our most popular burrito. And the guacamole addition is a must!

#3: Texas Queso Dip

Our Queso Dip is a HUGE fan favorite that is made with fresh, off-the-brick Mozzarella white cheese, jalapenos and green chiles, cumin and chili powder, and even bits of ground beef or spicy chorizo can be added upon request. As we serve our fan favorite Texas Queso Dip at Chihuahua’s, you can bet it’s chile con queso all the way!

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#4: Chihuahua’s Margarita and Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita

Any good top shelf margarita is always made with these no-fail ingredients: good quality aged Tequila, high-end orange liqueur, lime juice, and cane sugar. At Chihuahua’s, we use all organic agave nectar for sweetener to stir up our fresh juice top shelf Chihuahua’s Margarita, and our Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita for a sweet, tart, and savory blend that is sure to jumpstart your tastebuds!

#5: Chile Rellenos

If you love stuffed peppers, and have been searching for the best chile relleno around, you’ve found it with Chihuahua’s! We take two big, juicy, fresh green chiles and stuff them with Monterey Jack cheese, with your choice of flour or corn tortillas. Once you taste our Chile Rellenos, all of Northern Nevada will soon know about the best chile relleno, period!

#6: Carne Asada Nortena 

Our beloved Carne Asada is created from a juicy charbroiled sirloin steak with all the seasonings you would want on your piece of sirloin! To compliment this masterpiece is rice and beans, grilled onions, and guacamole. If flank steak is more up your alley, try our Arrachera Nortena, charbroiled with Mexican style chorizo, grilled onions, and served with two cheese quesadillas!

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#7: Pozole Verde

If you love traditional Mexican soup that is corn-based, and green chile peppers, you’ll love Chihuahua’s Pozole Verde! Try our Pork Pozole Verde, a new “lunch favorite” Soup and Salad Combo, made with your choice of lettuce or cabbage, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado, and salsa or limes. A piping hot bowl beautifully presents authentic Mexican cuisine at its finest, when you’re dining at Chihuahua’s Cantina and Grill!

#8: Chilaquiles

From our Winnemucca Brunch menu: Chilaquiles Verdes O Rojos! Chihuahua’s chilaquiles are made with tortilla chips fried in our savory red chile sauce or our tangy green sauce. Top ‘em off with two eggs, salty and crumbly Cotija cheese, sour cream, and onion, and you’ve got yourself a guaranteed fantastic start to your day! Oh, and don’t forget the side of beans!

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The Best Mexican Food in Reno and Winnemucca!

If you’re looking for the next best dish at your local Mexican restaurant, this Top 8 Dishes from Chihuahua’s Mexican Cantina and Grill has you covered! From traditional Mexican ingredients to a delightfully surprising concoction of flavors, there is something to suit every palate on the Reno and Winnemucca food menus! Looking to cater an event in Reno? Chihuahua’s does that too! Take a look at our full Reno Food Menu and Winnemucca Food Menu, and book your reservation with Chihuahua’s today!