Here are a few of the fun things to do around Ely that we think might be of interest to cavers. Check this page in a couple weeks - we have more destinations in the works right now. Each destination contains a road log of fun & interesting things along the way.
Please keep in mind that many of these destinations are off the beaten path. In Nevada, you should treat off-road explorations much like you would a cave trip. Open mine shafts and old buildings present many dangerous hazards to an unwary visitor. Stay alert and aware. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Carry sufficient gas, water, food and a spare tire. Services are few and far between and mobile devices are typically useless. As in caving: take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.
The Belmont Mill Ghost Town is a really fun day trip from Ely, Nevada.
Although completely abandoned, itís one of the best preserved sites from the
early 20th century mining rush. You should definitely bring a camera!
Miles: 110 miles round-trip from Ely.
Time: About 4 hours including stops.
Garnet Hill offers a quick & fun day trip for the entire family. The semiprecious
gemstones that wash out of the rock provide a geological hide & seek
game for all ages. Take home whatever you can find!
Miles: 10 miles round-trip.
Time: About 1.5 hours including stops.
The Hydrographic Great Basin is a 200,000 square mile area of the American West that extends from the Sierra Nevada Range in California to the Wasatch Range in Utah, and from southern Oregon to southern Nevada. The entire basin contains what's called an endorheic watershed. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.