Last week I promised you a unique, out of the way place to explorer that was way off the freeway. I took this as a personal challenge. Limiting myself to the western United States, where the majority of RV Life readers live and RV, I began my quest. After much research and consulting MapQuest, I concluded Nivloc, Nevada (I-80 being the closest freeway, 197 driving miles to the north) is about as far off the freeway as one can get. The ghost town of Nivloc is very unique and very explorable.
The name of the mine and subsequent town was taken from the backwards spelling of one of the original mine owners. Gold was originally discovered in 1907 and this unique site was born, but lack of transportation soon caused the mining interest to fade. The mine was reopened in the 1930’s and the town boasted a Post Office from Oct. 1940 to Nov. 1943. The mine was closed down by executive order during WWII and has seen some on and off activity since. The well constructed trestle for carrying ore cars is the centerpiece of the town. This well weathered wood trestle with surrounding landscape as a backdrop will be a delight to RVing shutter bugs everywhere. Additional points of interest are the thousands of crucibles discarded by the assayer and the stacks and stacks of galvanized lids cut from the cans of cyanide used for processing the tons and tons of ore processed from the mine.
Boondocking opportunities exist all along the road from Silverpeak to Nivloc.
A potential boondocking location exists on the west outskirts of Silverpeak at
N 37 44.571 W117 39.185 For those of you wishing to adventure to this out of the way site enter “Nivloc, Nevada” on MapQuest and follow the directions or enter N 37 42.885
W 117 45.403 in your GPS receiver. Spring and fall are the best times of year to visit.
Enjoy the adventure!
Follow Dave’s RV adventures as he travels the West in search of forgotten and unique places. For Dave, home is where you park it, the more remote the better!