NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Show me the mining!


Nevada is the most mineral-rich state in the union. Outside of the Las Vegas and Reno metropolitan areas, mining plays a major economic role in Nevada. By value, gold is by far the most important mineral in the state. In 2013 alone, the mining industry contributed approximately $8.1 billion dollars to Nevada's gross domestic product. This included over 169 metric tons of gold accounting for 74.5% of the U.S. total and helped make the U.S. the third leading gold producer in the world. Other minerals mined in Nevada include silver, copper, construction aggregates, gypsum, diatomite and lithium.


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Most of the mines listed on this page are active, corporate operations. Some offer public tours, but most do not. The convention production team will try to arrange tours of the mines near Ely as part of our schedule of events. Please do not try to access these active mine sites without permission from the owners. You could be subject to arrest for trespassing.


You should already know this, but... Mines are not caves!

Caves are naturally formed voids in the rock, whereas mines are human-made structures that have been dug open. Caves are much more stable than mines and last for thousands of years. Mines may only last tens to hundreds of years before they collapse.

The vast legacy of historic mining in Nevada predates the Civil War and will continue to pose safety risks for years to come. Nevada's public lands offer infinite opportunities for adventure and discovery, but abandoned mines should not be one of them. The life-threatening physical and chemical risks posed by these decaying features are completely unpredictable, and all of the valuable artifacts were removed long ago. Please stay out and stay alive!



Learn more:
Abandoned Mine Lands, BLM
Bat Gates for Mines & Caves