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Fernley, Nevada: 70-Ton Tortoise Made of Boulders

Built in 2014 with the express purpose of being unmovable. Its creators -- part of the Burning Man-affiliated Black Rock Arts Foundation -- hope that Desert Tortoise will outlast civilization as we know it. Kids enjoy climbing on it.

E. Main St., Fernley, NV
Downtown. North side of E. Main St. between 6th St. and Silver Lace Blvd, in an art park opposite the gas station.
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70-Ton Tortoise Made of Boulders

Someone painted over the individual tiles which is sad. But its still a cool turtle.

[Sarah, 11/25/2022]
70-Ton Tortoise Made of Boulders

Sadly the painted tiles weren't sealed well and are fading away. They've added a new sign to stay off of the rocks. It is neat looking though, and the gazebo roof of bottle caps is pretty cool.

[Michelle, 07/03/2015]

Mosaic tortoise.

70-Ton Tortoise Made of Boulders

Only a couple miles off the highway, easy access, can't miss it. Giant, mosaic tortoise that, yes, you can climb on. Spend some time looking over the many tiles that cover the tortoise. Looks like there is construction going on at the site. There is a small mosaic wall near the tortoise, and also a giant lotus blossom gazebo. My kids and I thought it was worth the easy detour.

[Lani, 08/02/2014]

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