When seeking inspiration for my next blog post I never have to look far, Facebook gives me a daily reminder with the On This Day app that allows me to see a glimpse of all of my crazy adventures over the past several years. The pictures allow me to go back and relive these adventures. Most recently, pictures of our trip to Big Smoky Mountain have surfaced. A few short years ago, our adventure lead us to Toiyabe and Toquima Mountain ranges and the Big Smoky Valley in Nevada’s backcountry. We had explored this remote area a few times in the past, one of my favorite trips was a visit to Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
Today, in Nevada, specifically Nye County, you will find ranchers, mining and very small towns which seem to have little to offer outside of a coffee shop, small grocery store, small gas station, or hamburger stand but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting as this area is full of adventure. There are many ghost towns nearby, like the city of Ione, Nevada to explore. There is the Ichthyosaur State Park which has the fossil remains of an Ichthyosaur and the ruins and remnants of an old mining town. You can hike in any direction in solitude, there are streams and creeks, and beautiful wild flowers in the spring and summer. Wildlife is plenty, with wild mustangs, herds of sheep, and howling of coyotes.
This time we explored Mount Jefferson and Toquima Mountain range. Today Nevada is still full of active and abandoned mines, and Jefferson Mine was a large silver mine back in the 1870’s and was completely abandoned by 1930. Today, there is almost nothing left but a few house made of stone.
Nevada is dry and desolate, but the views are expansive and layered. You have landscapes of mountains covered with green trees and shrubbery, extruding orange rocks, and fields of yellow wild flowers, with smaller far away mountain ranges etched in purple and blue, topped with a big expansive blue sky full of puffy white cumulus clouds. It’s breathtaking.
If you are thinking about a trip exploring Nevada’s wild country in your RV. There are a few places to stay: Smokey Joe’s RV Park, Carver’s RV & Mobile Home Park, Pine Creek Campground, and Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
Stock up on your groceries before you get this area, as grocery stores are few and have limited hours.
Things to bring: hiking boots, light rain jacket, warm winter coat, gloves, long pants, binoculars, camera, s’mores, off road vehicles.
Things to know. It can be unseasonably cold in this area, bring a snow jacket in all seasons. The best time to visit is July to September. June and October can be very cold and it can even snow.
You can read about our recent ATV trip Exploring Northern California’s Plumas National Forest Backcountry by clicking on the link.