If you have followed this blog over the last 6 plus years, you know my wife and I like to visit old mining camps, ride ATVs and boondock among other things. When you find a place you can do all three it is the trifecta of RV adventures. We found such as place and even wrote an article about it which is entitled A Drive Through Mining History which you will find in the January issue of RV Life Magazine.
I made brief mention of boondocking in the article, but didn’t provide exact locations. For those that like to camp off the grid in the boonies you will find two boondocking sites with relative easy access.
The first location is where the pavement of Smelter Avenue ends and the gravel starts. There you will find a staging area where people off load their ATVs for exploring the mines of MacKay Hill. There is plenty of room for a RV or two with no restrictions on overnight camping. You will find the staging area at: N43 53.884 W113 37.838
If you want something a little more private and don’t mind a gravel road, head another half mile west and 300 ft higher on the mountain (use lower gears) to N43 53.731 W113 38.613 where you will find a “pull thru” space with an awesome view (pictured) over the valley. Not only will you have the view to enjoy, but you will be camped virtually underneath the old tram line which carried millions of dollars of ore off the mountain. If you listen closely you can hear the squeaks of the tram pulleys and calls of miners past on the evening breeze.
From either of the above locations, you will have direct ATV access to the interpretive sites and miles of trails on Mine Hill.
Boondocking and exploring old mining ruins via ATV, is the trifecta of RV adventures!