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West Wendover, Nevada Travel Guide
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Wendover, Utah Travel Guide
Location: North America
Geography: Desert
Vacation Type: Relaxation
Popularity: Off-the-Beaten Path
Costs: Budget
Attractions: Golfing, Gambling

Facts and Stats:
City Population: 4,997
Population including Wendover, Utah: 6,629
Land Area: 7.5 sq mi
Government: Constitution-based federal republic
Country Dialing Code: +1
Area Code: 775
Languages: English
Electricity: 110V
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Time Zone: MST (UTC -7/-6)
Current Time:

West Wendover is a Nevada border town that offers several casinos and inexpensive getaway packages for those wanting to take a short gambling trip without the crowds of Las Vegas. If you are looking for information about Wendover, Utah, click here.

West Wendover is located on the Nevada/Utah border and the city of Wendover is on the Utah side. The towns are about a 2 hour drive from Salt Lake City at an elevation of 4,462 ft. The Bonneville Salt Flats are just over the border in Utah and there are tours available to see them.

The community of Wendover came into existence in 1906 as a railroad town, serving the steam engines of the Western Pacific Railroad, which is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad. At the time, the community boasted a population of around 150 people. Wendover included a train depot, water towers, a round house and other ancillary buildings needed for the operation of an emerging and growing railroad. Wendover became a main stop on this route, which provided service across the Great Basin deserts of Utah and Nevada connecting Salt Lake City to San Francisco. During the early 1900's Wendover was a cross roads for many significant undertaking including arsenic mining 25 miles south of Wendover mainly for the efforts of World War I and the connection of the first transcontinental telephone line connecting the U.S. from east coast to west coast.

The Wendover area saw its first boom in the 1930's and 40's with the introduction of legalized gambling in the State of Nevada.

Wendover continued to grow during WWII when the Army Air Corps built a bomber training base here which is now the airfield used to bring in tourists. The B-29 crews who dropped the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima trained for their missions here. By 1943, Wendover Field had become the largest military reserve in the world with over 23,000 military personnel, a total of 668 buildings and encompassing over 3.5 million acres of property.

In 1995, portions of the film "Independence Day" starring Will Smith were filmed in Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada, where the deserts doubled for Imperial Valley and the Wendover Airport doubled for the El Toro and Area 51 exteriors.

Because of its ties with Wendover, Utah, the U.S. Department of Transportation moved West Wendover to the Mountain Time Zone in October 1999, while the rest of Nevada remains in the Pacific Time Zone.

During the mid-2000's the cities discussed annexing Wendover, Utah into Nevada, however, the vote narrowly failed despite endorsements from the State of Utah and the State of Nevada. Proponents argue that it doesn't make sense for the 2 communities to be divided and Wendover, Utah would benefit from the strong tax base derived from gambling that it does not currently enjoy.

Getting There:
There are 3 ways to get to West Wendover.
  1. Drive there via Interstate 80.
  2. Buy a ridiculously inexpensive flight and hotel package from WendoverFun is run by the company that owns the Peppermill, Montego Bay, and Rainbow hotels and offers flights from numerous cities in the central and western areas of the country. The 737 flights are chartered through Xtra Airways and land at the airfield just over the border in Wendover, Utah. The flights may only come to your area ever couple of weeks and they do tend to book up. Check their website for dates and availability.
  3. Bus services offered from several Utah cities offered through WendoverFun and the Nugget Hotel.
Here are the current weather conditions for West Wendover.

Below are the monthly temperature and rainfall averages for West Wendover.

Month Avg High Avg Low Average Rainfall
January 37 9 0.68"
February 43 15 0.58"
March 52 22 0.71"
April 62 26 0.747"
May 71 34 1.17"
June 83 41 0.81"
July 93 47 0.78"
August 91 44 0.59"
September 80 35 0.76"
October 66 24 0.57"
November 49 15 0.62"
December 39 8 0.46"

Tips/Additional Information:
  • West Wendover is not the place to get hurt or seriously ill as the nearest hospital is 89 miles away in Elko, Nevada.

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