NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Self-Guided Trips


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.


Belmont Mill Ghost Town

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 Gemstone Site

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.

White Nose Syndrome decontamination protocols!

Out of all the many cave explorers and organizations, the 2016 convention staff believes that NSS cavers are the most aware and responsible visitors to our underground wilderness areas. The reality of WNS issues and subsequent management decisions has impacted us all.

As responsible cavers, the 2016 NSS Convention will be requiring full compliance with USFWS decontamination protocols to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome.

If you plan to go caving during the convention, please decon all of your gear before you arrive in Nevada! We are hoping to have some "loaner" gear for our guests to use. That information will be shared here when it is available.

Download the current protocol.
Download the recent protocol update.

Check the NSS WNS page for current news.