It’s one of those magic places, Jarbidge Wilderness. Said to be one of the most isolated places in the Lower 48 states by all 16 people who live here, Jarbidge Wilderness beholds Western Shoshone folklore and some of the best Basque arborglyphs in Nevada borders, something like more than 40 different types of wildflower blooms in the spring and summer months, more than seven peaks that soar above 10k feet in elevation, some of Nevada’s best backroads bars, and far beyond. It’s the type of place where, if Nevadans haven’t been here, it’s on their list.
Even though the Sagebrush State has more ghost towns that open a portal to its frontier, mining-rooted origins just about everywhere you go, there aren’t many that still have a dirt road, false-front building lined main street, and a less-than-20-people population making sure it stays that way. The frontier spirit is strong in Jarbidge, and with a 70-ish mile drive on dirt roads, high-elevation mountain passes required to get there, like most of Nevada’s best places, you really have to want to be here to actually experience it all.
And once you do make it, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most unreal forests in all of Nevada, wild and scenic rivers with a fishing scene almost as legendary as the town, and a whole lot of other people waiting for you on the other end of the bar counter with one shared interest: being here.
Jump in with us to hear more about the many cultural and recreational identities that make up Jarbidge Wilderness, the 20th century gold mining town in the middle of it, and the giant chunk of Royston Turquoise that celebrates it all, made right in the middle of the Jarbidge River Canyon.
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