WELLS, Nev. (News4Utah) – A 30-minute drive from the town of Wells, Nevada, you will find the appropriately named Angel Lake where you can also get a quick history lesson.
Some say it’s a “stunning pocket of paradise.” And like a painting you’d find hanging in a museum. This pristine alpine lake is framed this time of year by beautiful wildflowers and wildlife alike.
Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, antelope and mountain goats.
For many people, Angel Lake is a favorite backcountry getaway year-round, but especially in the summertime.
“We have the Angel Lake that is a beautiful area that is very attractive for boating, camping, fishing,” said Yvonne Stuart, Well Chamber of Commerce president.
Yvonne, our tour guide and president of Wells Chamber of Commerce says it’s one of the most tranquil places on Earth. She says there’s nothing more relaxing than a hike along Angel Lake and the surrounding mountainside.
“I love the trails. The trails here at Angel Lake will go all the way back into Smith Lake and the various other lakes and so a lot of people come here just to go hiking and find the beauty of the mountain,” said Yvonne.
Fishing is also a favorite activity. As is boating, non-motorized only of course.
And there are more than two dozen campsites available by reservation.
Back in Wells at the trail of the 49ers Interpretive Center, we learn of the trials and triumphs of the pioneers heading to California a get a glimpse of what life was like for those early Nevada homesteaders.
“It depicts the various people who came through to go and find their fame and fortune in the gold rush era, 1849. and to also go to homestead so we have quite a few ranchers that are here,” said Yvonne.
And just 15 miles outside of Wells, you can explore the remains of Metropolis, true western ghost town intended to be a farming community mecca. A short supply of fresh water put the brakes on that big dream in the early 1900s.
So, whether you’re looking for a Wild West history lesson or a peaceful alpine lake escape, the folks here in Wells Nevada promise to roll out the red carpet or at least a pathway lined with wildflowers for you.
Angel Lake Recreation Area recently opened for the season and camping reservations can be made through September 20th.