NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Official Campground


When we were searching for a campground for the 2016 NSS Convention, White Pine County stepped up and offered to rent us part of their 18-hole golf course! This is the greenest & flattest land in the county. We'll need to be low-impact, but we're confident that our caver family can pull it off.

Parking will be limited to the rough areas and camping will be on the fairways. So, technically, this is a walk-in campground, but that "walk" is only a few feet. This location offers minimum shade, but daytime temperatures are very reasonable.

Camp gently! Two days before you get here, the campground will be a golf course. Two days after you leave, it will be a golf course again.


Hours & Location

Campground Map

Click here to download a campground map. Some details on the map may be subject to change.

The campground opens at 12 noon on Saturday, July 16th and closes at 12 noon on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016. It's located about 400 feet north of the historic Georgetown Ranch Barn at the White Pine County Golf Course. At the entrance, before you drive down into the camping area and the main event tent, there will be a security station where your documents will be checked. Adjacent to that will be a first aid shelter, a communications shelter, and a shuttle stop. The speed limit is 5 mph.

Please go to White Pine High School to register for the convention before arriving at the campground. Our registration office at the high school opens at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 16th.

Camping Areas

Generally, the noisy campers will be located on the grassy fairway west or left of the main tent. The quiet campers will be located on the grassy fairway east or right of the main tent. Mixed camping is located on the fairway north of the main tent across from the campground parking area.

Please stay out of the pond located at the north end of the campground. The pond contains agricultural runoff and is not potable water. Avoid any skin contact.

Pets

Pets are permitted but discouraged because of the weather conditions. They must be on a leash or contained at all times. They must never be left unattended and NEVER be left in closed vehicles. You will be responsible for cleaning up after your pets. You must also guarantee that your pets will not annoy or constitute a danger to others. There are two alternative places in town to board pets: Cedar Grove Pets (775) 289-9117 and Wild West Grooming (775) 289-9003. No animals are allowed in White Pine High School. All pets must be registered on your convention paperwork.

Loud or Quiet?

Quiet, loud and family camps will be separated by several hundred feet, so noise shouldn't be a problem. Quiet hours are 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM. Larger RVs, in their designated area, may run generators any time.

Generally, the noisy campers will be located on the grassy fairway west or left of the main tent. The quiet campers will be located on the grassy fairway east or right of the main tent. Mixed camping is located on the fairway north of the main tent across from the campground parking area.

RVs & Hook-ups

Larger RVs should avoid driving down into the camping area and should park next to the fairway northeast of the historic Georgetown Ranch Barn before you reach the security shelter.

RV hook-ups (water & electrical) will not be available. The logistics of providing that proved to be too expensive.

Weather & Climate

There is very little natural shade in the campground, but Ely is at an elevation of 6,450 feet. The average July daytime high is only 87° F with an average low of 48° F. The humidity average is 35%. You'll want sunscreen, but bring a sweater or jacket for the evening events. Click here for a complete forecast.

Access

Georgetown Ranch Barn

Arthur L. Smith, President of Ely Light and Power, took control of the ranch in the early 1900s, and it was he who ordered the Georgetown Ranch Barn built - generic in its uses, individual in design and character.
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You can drive anywhere on the rough areas between the golf course holes. Absolutely no vehicles are allowed on the fairways or putting greens!

You may place your tents and shelters anywhere on the grassy fairways, but not on the putting greens!

Campers in smaller vehicles may park next to the fairways around the edges of the golf course rough. Larger RVs should avoid driving down into the camping area and should park next to the fairway northeast of the historic Georgetown Ranch Barn before you reach the security shelter.

The area east along the road between the historic Georgetown Ranch barn and the security shelter is available for general parking.

Campfires

Fire safety is a serious concern in this region of Nevada. No personal wood fires are permitted at campsites. Small, propane fires (e.g. Campfire in a Can) will be allowed. There will be two designated campfire areas for group usage in the campground area. One is in the noisy area northwest of the main tent and one is in the quiet area northeast of the main tent.

No fireworks, discharge of firearms or explosive carbide devices will be permitted.

Facilities

Locally constructed showers are located at the camping area, but you may also use one of the four available shower facilities at White Pine High School. Portable toilets are also located around the campground area. Just south of the historic barn there is a permanent restroom on the east side of the entrance road.

The pro shop at the golf course offers foodservice and a bar.

Place your garbage in the appropriate containers provided at the campground or deposit your garbage in the dumpster located near the historic barn when you leave each day. Recycling containers will be available for cans and bottles.

Six water sources are located around the campground area.