While I was working my way toward northern California, I made a number of stops to explore old ghost towns in western Nevada. It was getting late so I was figured I should find a good place to camp. After seeing a dirt road to veer off of highway 95 from, I made my way east into a vast open area surrounded by nearby mountains (bordering Area 51 I think). There were rugged roads in many directions and I just let the truck lead the way, eventually ending halfway up a hillside providing outstanding views of the vistas below.
There was old mining equipment strewn around the site, and so I thought this would be an exciting area to explore after I set up my camp. There was not a soul in sight. The weather was perfect (at least at the moment. Hours later the wind was quite fierce.) and the views majestic.
I began to investigate the the area, working my way up the hillside when I happened upon an opening in the mountain. After a quick glance I went back to my truck to get some supplies…namely, a good flashlight and my gun. I went back up to the shaft (or perhaps more accurately, a cave tunnel opening). I noticed narrow gauge train tracks, so I figured this tunnel must go quite a long way. Have a look at the video below to see my experience.
Nevada’s abandoned mines are found throughout the state. According to the Nevada Division of Minerals, there are over 100,000 abandoned mines. If it’s not obvious, I should mention that entering an abandoned mine can be very dangerous, and if done, should be at your own risk. The dangers might not be obvious at first inspection, so here are some things to consider…
- Mines can have unstable openings and walls.
- Toxic gas and/or a lack of oxygen.
- Decayed timbers can cause cave-ins.
- Unstable explosives and toxic chemicals can be left behind.
- Shafts filled with water…if you fall in you could drown.
- Poisonous snakes, spiders and other critters.
- Bats and rats may carry diseases.
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If you’d like to explore this particular mine, here are the coordinates: 37 32′23.5 n, 117 10′18.5 w. Note: If you go, watch out for nails near the site…I would recommend not parking your vehicle near the site, but rather walk up.