To assist with your plans for attending a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, here are some answers to your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Elko, the Gathering, the Western Folklife Center, and other activities that will be going on during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
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Open Mic Opportunities Other Activities Contact Us Sample Daily Schedule
For hotel accommodations we recommend making your reservations well in advance, although rooms usually can be found during the event due to cancellations. For information about available lodging, call the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority at 800-248-3556 or 775-738-4091, or you can visit their website at www.elkocva.com. You can also see a lodging list from the Elko Chamber of Commerce at www.elkonevada.com/directory (select "Lodging"), or contact them by calling 775-738-7135.
Travel information and arrangements
For Elko information (private vehicle, air, train, bus and charter/private air travel) including links to weather and road conditions, click here.
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 at (775-738-4426). Private plane or charter? Contact El Aero Services for information and assistance. For the Elko Taxi Service, call 738-1400. Carpooling is encouraged. Looking for a rideshare? Check us out on Facebook, or Twitter and converse with other Gathering fans heading to Elko.
The Western Folklife Center provides shuttle transportation on a fixed route between performance venues Thursday through Saturday. Shuttles are not available to take Gathering attendees to hotels, restaurants, or other locations.
Visitors with Disabilities
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. For information and assistance, please call 775-738-7508 to pre-arrange these services.
What else is going on?
For an idea of what else might be going on in Elko the last week of January, click here to see a sample list of fun activities and entertainment, art and gear shows — these were scheduled during the 30th Gathering, January 2014 — the list is updated during the month of January as information is received for our next upcoming Gathering.
Shows at Local Casinos
For information on performances at the Red Lion Inn and Casino during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, call 800-545-0044 or 775-738-2111. For information on performances at the Stockmen’s Hotel and Casino, call 800-648-2345 or 775-738-5141. Nightly shows are also to be found at Gold Dust West, Gold Country Inn and Casino, and others. After hours jam sessions abound between our Pioneer Bar, upstairs at the Stockmen's, the Stray Dog, Duncan Little Creek and other venues.
You can contact the Western Folklife Center in these ways:
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad St.
Elko, NV 89801
The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop and Wiegand Gallery
General Operating Hours: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Close at 5:00 pm Saturday ~ Closed Sunday and Holidays
775-738-7508 x 234
NOTE: Hours will change during the Gathering. Also, we furnish a Gift Shop in the Ruby Room at the Elko Convention Center for your shopping pleasure and convenience. Autograph signings featuring new works of selected cowboy poets and musicians will be featured at both locations: these are included in the daily schedule.