Getting To & Around Churchill County
Situated in the Lahontan Valley in the high desert of northern Nevada, Churchill County is connected to Reno, Nevada, and from there to San Francisco by Interstate 80, and to Los Angeles by several U.S. highways beginning with U.S. 95. Las Vegas can also be reached by car in about six hours on U.S. 95. Salt Lake City is about 480 miles to the east and can be reached on Interstate 80. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County.
For those flying, the nearest major airport is Reno-Tahoe International Airport, 70 miles to the west. Churchill County is served by a Greyhound station.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
2001 E. Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89502
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is about 70 miles from Naval Air Station Fallon. Major carriers include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Volaris Airlines.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, limo, shuttle and rental car. Taxi fare to NAS Fallon will exceed $100. Rental car pickup is available just outside the terminal building. All nine rental car counters are in baggage claim. The airport has a cellphone waiting lot, which provides motorists a place to park and wait for their parties to arrive, collect their baggage and call to be picked up curbside.
NAS Fallon can be reached in about an hour by car, on Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50.
Churchill Area Regional Transportation
310 E. Court St.
Fallon, NV 89406
Churchill Area Regional Transportation features door-to-door transportation in a 12-mile radius from downtown Fallon. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. On-demand paratransit service for seniors and disabled passengers is also provided.
Driving and Commuting
NAS Fallon is about 6 miles southeast of Fallon. The main highways through the town are U.S. highways 50 and 95. Both provide easy access to the air station. Simply follow the signs to NAS Fallon off the main roads. Interstate 80 is about 30 miles from Fallon and is accessible from U.S. 95 or Alternate 50. Interstate 80 also leads to Reno, 64 miles to the west.
The Nevada Department of Transportation offers driving tips and road condition information at www.nevadadot.com. The department provides updates about incidents on specified routes at www.nvroads.com or by dialing 511 or 877-687-3237.
Nevada Department of Public Safety
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
973 W. Williams St.
Fallon, NV 89406
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards, license plates and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.dmvnv.com/dmvforms.htm.
Nevada residents who are stationed in Nevada are subject to the same licensing and vehicle registration requirements as non-military. Driver licenses must be renewed before expiration. Nevada does not grant automatic extensions to military members, spouses or dependents. However, active-duty members of the military, federal employees and their spouses and dependents may renew by mail continually.
It is recommended that you renew your driver license in person at a DMV office while you are in Nevada. You may renew at any time. You do not have to wait for the expiration date. You may renew at any DMV office regardless of your city or county of residence.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance in the Nevada Driver’s Handbook, which can be downloaded at www.dmvnv.com/pdfforms/dlbook.pdf.
Nevada prohibits drivers from talking or texting on a handheld cellphone or similar device while operating a motor vehicle, with fines of up to $250 for violations. The Department of Transportation warns that not only is cellphone use while driving banned in Nevada, but you are four times more likely to crash when driving while talking on a cellphone.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.dmvnv.com/dmvforms.htm, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
Nevada Department of Transportation
Visit the Nevada Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.