Mining

Nicknamed the Silver State, Nevada’s past is rooted in mining. In 1849, gold was discovered in a stream near Dayton, which later led to the discovery of silver in the Comstock Lode in 1859. Since then, mining has played a vital role in Nevada’s economy.

Nevada Adventures

Garnishing Myself in Garnets Galore

Trying Out The Wild World of Garnet Mining Outside Ely, Then Having Reno's Michael and Son's Take Over To Create Some Truly Stunning Jewelry

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A Tour to Tickle your Fancy

A Remarkably Downplayed Outing in Southern Nevada

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Discover & Do

Old buildings and cars at Techatticup Mine Tour
Nelson, NV

Tour takes visitors into the mine and through the history of the oldest and most famous gold mine in southern Nevada. Canoe and kayak tours are also available at this site.

Dilapidated buildings in downtown Belmont
Belmont, NV

Like many historic cities in the Silver State, the grand, bustling city of Belmont has dwindled into one of the state’s more iconic ghost towns. Positioned north of Tonopah, and the additional living ghost town of Manhattan, lies the fascinating remains of Belmont. 

Ponderosa Mine Tour
Virginia City, NV

The Best and Belcher Mine is a 25- minute guided tour with over 300 pieces of antique mining equipment on display. See complete underground mine workings - tunnels, crosscuts, drifts, stopes, raises, winzes and shafts. The Ponderosa Mine is located in the Ponderosa Saloon, formerly the Bank of California. 

Tonopah Mining Park
Tonopah, NV

A great place to stretch the legs and take in a little history, whether you're staying in Tonopah or just traveling through.

Denio, NV

Offers tailings digging where many different wood and opal combinations may be found. Open Memorial Day through mid-September. Daily schedules vary.