Nevada History and Photography

Jarbidge, known by many people as "Nevada's most remote town", remains a quiet spot on Nevada ground. The mining girl, known in history as the site of "America's last stagecoach robbery," also holds two of Nevada's most-remote historic markers -- #69 and #153. This may very well be a true blessing for all marker enthusiasts! The town of Jarbidge hides in a bucolic alpine canyon far away from what most Nevadans would call "civilization." To conquer "the Jarbidge markers," hunters must drive two hours on dirt to reach the town. On our conquering in 2008, we noted the exact distance as shown below. As such, we made absolutely no diversions to insure the exact mileage you see below.

The results -- #69 / 153 are located approximately 103.2 miles north of Elko.
This amounts to 52 miles from the nearest paved road, 7 miles south of Idaho, and a thousand miles from neon-norms of Nevada!

You just know when signs don't lie.

While most typical rural Nevadans may see 103.2 miles as just another jaunt, most urbanites may think twice before diverting this far from the highway. The "cherry-on-top" so to speak, is knowing that more than half of the journey will be on steep dirt grades, roads that wind right into the heart of the Jarbidge Mountains. As a precaution, I need to advise hunters to be prepared. As hunters make the drive to Jarbidge, they should keep an eye out for the occasional local on ATVs and give them right of way at all times. Remember, courtesy is contagious. A visit in the fall will reveal plenty of hunters, many of whom are very friendly and many who are willing to share their stories with the area. Make a campfire and sit around with these friendly folk! If this isn't your cup of ephedra, then expect this conquering to be a solitary run: just you and the gorgeous terrain.

Three ways to Jarbidge:
Read carefully: There are three ways to get to Jarbidge.
Urbanites, listen up: no matter which way you take, you will be on dirt and you will be on your own for much of the trip! There's just no way around it.

Access #1: (Charleston Road)
The first and easiest route into Jarbidge can be found by heading north out of Elko on SR 225 toward Mountain City. Approximately 56 miles north of Elko, you will see the following sign...

...Make the right turn here onto "Charleston Road," or Elko County Route 746. Either way, say goodbye to the pavement. The next piece of pavement you run across (not counting a few instances in Jarbidge Canyon), will a mininum of seventy miles away in Idaho. The Charleston Road is a good, graded track into the heart of cattle country. In other words, watch the road for those lazy bovines!

At Mile 24, you'll come to this sign and a road fork...

Make the left turn here onto County Road 748, sometimes signed as "Jarbidge Canyon/Rogerson Road." In the course of half an hour, you will quickly see why the vehicle of choice for Jarbidge residents are ATVs. Although it's only 27 miles to Jarbidge, these will seem like the longest 27 miles you'll ever drive. Not only does CR 748 become extremely steep, but the scenery becomes nothing less than breath-taking. Certainly, time is a non-existent factor on this road; time neither "flies by" nor "drags on", a curse and a blessing at the same time. While these two county roads are both passable by the family sedan, I highly recommend a high-clearance vehicle to climb the road's extremely steep grades and two, (that's right), two mountain passes to Jarbidge. Elko County regularly closes CR 748 in the winter. This means locals only and unless you know somebody, don't expect to get to Jarbidge during the cold season.


Access #2: (Deeth/Tabor Creek Road)
The second route to Jarbidge is by way of CR 747, which heads north from Interstate 80 at Deeth (Exit 323). Please keep in mind that people use this road even less than 746/748. CR 747 traverses the traditional high desert terrain typical of Nevada, eventually joining up with CR 748 (the photo shown.) Some nice campsites are located along this route, notably at Tabor Creek with maintained facilities, hook-ups and best of all, no fees! Tabor Creek's cold water also hosts a healthy population of trout that are usually willing to take a fly.


Access #3: (Rogerson Road)
The third route to Jarbidge is via Rogerson, Idaho. Locals from Jarbidge use the Rogerson route to get home during the winter. Most likely, this route will be your way out when leaving Jarbidge. To find this route, follow Interstate 80 to Wells and head north on US 93 toward Jackpot, entering Idaho at Mile 61. Continue on US 93 for another twenty miles to Rogerson, Idaho where a sign will clearly direct drivers to "Rogerson, Jarbidge". (Nice to see that such a remote outpost town like Jarbidge is worthy of a freeway sign!) Take this turnoff from US 93 through Rogerson's main center and make another left at the Gas Station/Store (you can't miss it). (This road is listed on some maps as "Three Forks Road") Unlike the other two routes, the Rogerson route cuts through high plateaulands and dry, agricultural valleys of Twin Falls County, Idaho, just outside the northern border of the Great Basin. While it may not seem like it, this road will find its way to Jarbidge. Forty miles later, the road loses pavement, and immediately descends down into the Jarbidge Mountains. (The photo below is what you'll see as the pavement ends -- a quick change in scenery!)

Shown below is the steep and inaccessible canyon of the East Fork Jarbidge River.

Once in the canyon, you will pass through Murphy's Hot Springs, a tiny hamlet of about twenty souls who live alongside the East Fork Jarbidge River. In another three miles, a fork signed "to Jarbidge," will appear on your left. This road will eventually become our old friend, CR 748. Four more miles of Idaho is traversed and a small signpost states the quiet entry back into Nevada. A milepost will appear on the left, stating the return of "Elko 748." (As a brief side note, this area of extreme northern Nevada is worthy of a state, if not National park.) For the next twelve beautiful miles, drivers will be treated to outstanding views of natural arches and volcanic buttresses of the canyon walls towering above the West Fork Jarbidge River. 748 parallels the river so closely that travel mandates a necessary 15 MPH speed limit. Here among pristine evergreens and high mountain scenery, it might be hard to keep your eyes on the road rather than on the views. However, be prepared to yield to northbound/uphill traffic at times. This 7 mile stretch to Jarbidge is relatively well-traveled. Take caution!

Finally, after rounding a bend and seven miles into Nevada, you will be greeted by the sign below. As the residents would say, "Welcome to our town."


Before heading to the markers, I highly recommend viewing our

TRIP TO JARBIDGE

Now that you know how to get there, there is still a matter of being properly introduced to the drive to Jarbidge. Our "trip to Jarbidge" will give you a great heads up as to what you will face when attempting to conquer "the Jarbidge markers." If I haven't convinced you, then by all means, feel free to jump to any one of the Jarbidge markers below. Remember -- like most of Nevada's markers, the journey itself is often more exciting than the destination itself. Happy trails!