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One of three campsites on a small reservoir outside of Elko. There weren’t many water craft on the water today, but it is October. It’s sunny, warm and breezy today, but the snow on the mountains are an indicator of what is to come. Simple sites on level lots, with a shade structure, picnic table, fire pit, bbq and right on the beach. Summer is much busier I’m sure. Pit toilets but no potable water so be sure to bring your own. Looking forward to the night sky and stars!
Later that night; the light pollution from the neighboring houses and from the town have made them less than wonderful. On a side note, there are feral cats here so don’t leave out anything they may want to eat. We caught one jumping out of the back of our teardrop where we had left some bread. Naughty kitty!
Stunning view of the Ruby Mountains from the campground. Both loops have easy access to the vault toilets and dumpsters. There is water at the main entrance but it’s a hand pump. The only drawbacks are that the sites are not very level and it would be difficult to get a rig longer than 30 feet into most of the sites.
20 miles of dirt road road puts you fairly remote. If you don’t mind a few washboards for a $2 a night stay it is well worth the travel. Past an old homestead that was over a hundred years old, not far from 12 mile hot springs and the Jarbidge Wilderness. Great trails leaving camp where you could hike and use ATVs all day without running out of country to explore. Campground was quiet and had only 1 other group camped up higher. Lower spots have willows, upper spots have a few aspens with all spots right next to a creek that was running in late summer that you can hear running from your camp. Green, mowed grass which was nice. Tables could use a refinish and one site actually had a table in the creek. Did not go in any of the three bathrooms stretched along the creek but I would guess they could use some TLC due to the lack of management presence. No fires were allowed in the fire pits due to fire season but it had rained for 2 nights and no one from the BLM had changed the restriction. No cell phone service. No WiFi. Pack out you own trash and waste water. No water available. For $2 a night with endless country to explore it isn’t bad at all.
If you have children of any age I suggest that you find a different place to stop for the night. A convicted child molester runs this place. His name is Mathew Blake and also goes by Mathew KEITH TYRELL Blake. His charges can be read here http://www.nvsexoffenders.gov/OffenderDetails.aspx?Display=Main&Id=22112 just enter his first and last name in the search box to get all the details.
Family friendly? I would say NOT!
We drove through this gravel parking lot smashed behind a hotel. It looked very run down and unappealing so we decided not to stay there. Train tracks behind the site with trains that go through all night (stayed in a nearby place with same problem).
We spent a night in hot August here in our Westfalia camping van. There are no tent sites but cabins and RV spots. Nice bathrooms, showers, a playroom with a ping pong table. The cabins looked attractive. It looked like a lot of people were there long-term. It really is more for RVers and those that want to stay in a cabin. I would recommend, except there is a train that goes by at least two times and blows its horn (this on a Saturday night). The coyotes in the middle of the night were wonderful but the trains weren’t. Also I had trouble getting on the internet with my iPhone 6–couldn’t connect to their WiFi.
Nice little camp ground. Clean bathrooms. Small body of water with boat launch for non-motorized boats. Bugs dawn and dusk as to be expected. What was surprising killer view of mountains, sunset, and many kinds of birds. Only $2 for day use or 1 night camping. Https://www.blm.gov/visit/zunino-jiggs-reservoir-recreation-area
I'm sure the grounds are nice, but at $15 per car each night, we decided to turn around in search of more affordable camping. If you have an RV, it's an additional $10 for hookups.