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 ghost town of Belmont was established following a silver strike in 1865. Other minerals, such as copper lead and antimony were also mined here. The boom brought in settlers and Belmont grew. The town boasted four stores, two saloons, five restaurants, livery stable, post office, assay office, bank, school, telegraph office, two newspapers, and a blacksmith shop.
As the price of metals fluctuated, so did the fortunes of the town. By 1887, several of the mines closed. Like many towns which are now ghost towns, this one lasted for only a short time.
Some of the buildings are still standing, including the courthouse, the Cosmopolitan Saloon, the Monitor-Belmont Mill, and the combination mill.