The tiny town of Jarbidge may be the most isolated of Nevada’s well-known mining towns, but it’s also arguably in the most beautiful setting. The historic community is surrounded by the Jarbidge Wilderness Area, a sprawling 65,000-acre region that extends into Idaho. In winter months, access to the remote town is usually limited to the drive in from Idaho, due to the deep snow blocking the way from the Nevada side.
Jarbidge was originally settled in 1909 when prospectors came to the area following reports of a gold strike. More discoveries were made the following year, and Jarbidge became a settlement with several hundred residents. Today, the town is home to roughly one dozen permanent residents who live there year-round, maintaining the small store, gas pump, post office, two saloons and friendly inn. They get together for regular events, too, with Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend celebrations.
Visitors passing through Jarbidge en route to the Jarbidge Wilderness Area can stock up on necessities before heading to the magnificent outdoors right in the town’s backyard. Take a moment to wander down Main Street for a look at old miners’ stables and huts, the historic Jarbidge jail and even former brothels. Bow hunting season attracts hunters from all over to stalk deer in the Jarbidge Wilderness. Outdoor enthusiasts will find unparalleled hiking, biking and backcountry scenery, and several campgrounds can be found in the area. A popular way to tour the incredible territory is by packhorse, and these memorable trips can be organized with local buckaroos.