Starbuck's Exploring

Hiking and exploring backcountry locations of the Western United States.

Category: Great Basin and Eastern Nevada (page 1 of 6)

John’s Wash Arborglyphs

Most of the historical relics I find on my hikes are from the booming mining industries of the early 1900s which dominated the Nevada landscape but there were other activities going on at the time. Ranching was just as important as mining to the early settlers and sheepherding was a part of that effort. Basque sheepherders from the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain came to Nevada during this time and found good pasture.

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Honeymoon Hill Petroglyphs

Last summer, we visited a pair of petroglyph sites out in central Nevada collectively called Honeymoon Hill. They are close together on nearby hills and have fantastic views of the areas they overlook, which is probably why people were here; hunting and keeping watch over the surrounding terrain.

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Eureka Croesus Mine

Not far from the Diamond Tunnel, is the Eureka Croeus Mine also known as the California Tunnel. Setup in the 1870s (in the early days of the mining district), it was never a large operation but interesting today because of the equipment left behind.

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“DE” Mine and Cave

Out in central Nevada, we found a small cave inside of a larger, abandoned mine. The miners probably broke into the cave in the 1880s or thereabouts.

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“Sapphire Tunnel” Cave

We’ve known about this cave for some time but it wasn’t until recently we were finally able to put together a trip to see if we could find it. And after a few hours of climbing ladders and walking miles into the center of a mountain, we reached it.

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