Planning Your Trip
Planning Your Trip to Elko
Here are some tips that will help you get the most from your Gathering experience:
Where We Are
Elko, Nevada is located in the northeastern corner of the state along Interstate 80. Elko is in the high desert of the Great Basin at an elevation of 5060 feet, and winter weather in January is varied. Check the weather before you travel and road conditions if you are driving, and come prepared for cold winter weather, including snow.
Elko is serviced by SkyWest Airlines (a Delta Connection) from Salt Lake City, Amtrak, and Greyhound Bus Lines. Rental car service in Elko is provided by Enterprise (775-738-2899 or 800-593-0505), Hertz (775-738-3147), and Avis (775-738-4426). Contact El Aero Services for information about chartering a private plane. For the Elko Taxi Service, call 738-1400. Carpooling is encouraged.
How to Get Around Once You're Here
Check out the Map
The major Gathering performance venues are a little more than a mile apart. The Western Folklife Center provides shuttle transportation on a fixed route on the three busiest days of the Gathering, Thursday through Saturday; they do not operate Monday-Wednesday. These shuttles are restricted to the performance and workshop venues only. Shuttle vans are NOT equipped with lifts. Some hotel/motels have shuttle service; be sure to ask when you make your reservation. If you bring your car, parking is free at all venues.
More FAQs (Answers to Frequently Asked Questions)
Assisted-listening devices are available in the Elko Convention Center Auditorium and the G Three Bar Theater at the Western Folklife Center. Volunteers will be on call to assist wheelchair users and to guide visitors with disabilities. If you need assistance, please call 775-738-7508 to pre-arrange these services.
Contact the Western Folklife Center
888-880-5885 (toll free)
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street
Elko, NV 89801
Banner image: Jessica Brandi Lifland
Elko has many hotels and motels: we recommend you make your reservations well in advance, although rooms usually can be found during the event as well. Links indicate sponsors of the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Italics indicate there was a special room rate available to Gathering attendees. We will update this list as the 34th Gathering approaches.
Comfort Inn of Elko
Elko Inn Express
Best Western Elko Inn
Gold Country Inn & Casino
Hampton Inn & Suites
High Desert Inn
Hilton Garden Inn
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Manor Motor Lodge
Mid Town Motel
Quality Inn & Suites Elko
Red Lion Hotel & Casino
Stockmen's Casino & Ramada Elko Hotel
Super 8 Elko
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Elko NV Travelodge
Most Elko hotels have websites: for further information about available lodging, contact the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority at 800-248-3556 or 775-738-4091, or visit their website at www.elkocva.com; or the Elko Chamber of Commerce by calling 775-738-7135 or visit www.elkonevada.com.