Gold Point ghost town camping is always a big event for some of us. Twice a year for a short run now, we have a local group out of Las Vegas that camps at one of Nevada’s Ghost Towns.
Our spring 2016 event will take place May 12 through the 15th. The core group camps with anything from RV’s, Teardrops, to Tents. Some even sleep in their cars or vans. RV spots are limited to 11 and normally all get reserved. There are also a limited amount of rustic cabins for rent. There is endless dry camping where you can camp out of your car and set up a tent.
We also have an October 2016 trip scheduled for October 13-16, 2016.
If you want the experience, and car camping is your thing. This would be a unique opportunity. Especially if you are coming in through Las Vegas. Or south out of Reno.
Gold Point, Nevada is about a 3 hour drive of Las Vegas. It is remote but offers a rewarding experience. The Saloon is opened for our group. There is also some prepared meals available for fee’s.
This is rustic camping for the most part. Pit toilets, but there is a shower. No tables. No tree’s. Don’t expect comforts and you won’t be disappointed. A shade/rain fly is recommended but not necessary.
There are no services or store. The nearest small town is about 40 miles away. Be sure to bring everything you need. Water is available on site but you need your own container.
The area is full of photogenic buildings, old iron, mining equipment, and machinery. A handful of people live in the town and are restoring buildings while maintaining the old dilapidated look.
The town sits at an altitude just above 5000 ft so during spring and fall expect chilly nights and pleasant days. Some years its rained and we spent the day in the saloon sitting around the wood stove with a roaring fire.
One of the Las Vegas Dutch Oven cooking groups does a Saturday Potluck. Cost of admission to the potluck meal is; bring a dish or food of some sort.
There are endless gravel roads going off into the mountains in all directions. One snakes over a hill to another Ghost Town called State Line…though 4 wheel drive may be required for that one.
Or head over to the Hard Luck Mine Castle. If you can get the owner to give you a tour (donations required) you will be amazed at what someone built in some very unforgiving terrain.
The Ghost Town of Rhyolite, Nevada is about a hour and a half drive one way from Gold Point (On paved roads). It is another photographers dream. Totally awesome at sunrise or sunset!
At Gold Point, you are pretty much on your own as far as food. Though some meals can be arranged in advance. Sheriff Stone or Walt (some of the proprietors) will do breakfast, lunch, and dinner if arranged for in advance.
Come joins us around the campfire!
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