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Carlin Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Humboldt River in southwestern Elko County, Nevada, United States.[1] The California Trail,[2] First Transcontinental Railroad and Victory Highway have all passed through the canyon in the past. At present, Interstate 80 and the Union Pacific Railroad both traverse the canyon, though both bypass a sharp loop in the canyon via the Carlin Tunnel.[3]

Carlin Canyon
2015-04-19 16 39 10 View west down the Humboldt River in the Carlin Canyon from old U.S. Route 40 in Elko County, Nevada.jpg
View west along old U.S. Route 40 and the Humboldt River in the Carlin Canyon
Floor elevation4,928 feet (1,500 m) at the mouth
Coordinates40°44′03″N 115°58′53″W / 40.734225°N 115.981329°W / 40.734225; -115.981329Coordinates: 40°44′03″N 115°58′53″W / 40.734225°N 115.981329°W / 40.734225; -115.981329
Traversed by I‑80
RiversHumboldt River
Carlin Canyon view
360-degree panorama from the hill directly above the Carlin Tunnel within the canyon


  1. ^ "Carlin Canyon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Willis California Trail guide [1] Accessed 15 March 2010
  3. ^ Turner, Dan. "Carlin Canyon, Elko County, Nevada". Elko Rose Garden Association. Archived from the original on May 18, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2013.