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If you're ever in Vegas and found that you've lost your entire gambling budget the first night, there is still plenty to do. Just 20 minutes away you can be in the mountains and I've always thought there was much more to see and do there than on the Strip anyway.

My wife and I are big into history and some of our earliest western American history can be found right here. Mostly old mining towns and abandoned mines. Here are just a few of the places we've been.

This is the Sultan Mine south of Las Vegas. This systems spans four levels and over 1000 yards into and below the mountain. This mine has some of the largest tailing piles we've seen.

A tailing pile is made up of all the waste rock removed from the mine that contains no precious metals. Primary mining at this mine consisted of zinc, but gold and silver were byproducts.
 

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When the miners were successful in finding a large deposit of their precious metal, an attempt is made to remove as much as possible. The result is called a stope which can resemble a cavern. Often, miners called them "ballrooms". A stope that breaches the surface is called an "open stope".

This bridge spans a stope within the mine. I'd estimate it's probably 200 yards into the mountain. That 100+ foot drop to the left leads to another level. On the other side of the bridge was an incline rail to more lower levels.
 

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Sometimes the miners would follow a vein vertically and create a shaft. The opening to a shaft is called a "collar".

These are extremely dangerous. Much of the collar is loose gravel making them very easy to fall into. Most abandoned mines will be covered or have a barrier around them, but there are many that are not. This one did not appear on any of our geological or BLM maps.

Stay on designated trails!
 

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Great Thread, Wish I had read it when I was in Vegas a few months ago.
 

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Great Thread, Wish I had read it when I was in Vegas a few months ago.
Thanks, hopefully Vegas will still be here when you return. If you do, I'll be more than happy to show you some great scenery most tourists miss.


Also, since you're a moderator, if you feel this should be moved to another area as the other person stated, feel free. It won't hurt my feelings. I consider things off topic if they have nothing to do with Jeeps. I figured it fit more into general discussion than off topic since this is about offroading areas and destinations.
 

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Thanks, hopefully Vegas will still be here when you return. If you do, I'll be more than happy to show you some great scenery most tourists miss.


Also, since you're a moderator, if you feel this should be moved to another area as the other person stated, feel free. It won't hurt my feelings. I consider things off topic if they have nothing to do with Jeeps. I figured it fit more into general discussion than off topic since this is about offroading areas and destinations.
Not on this forum. "Off-Topic Discussions This area houses Off-Topic discussion that does NOT involve the Jeep Commander."
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I moved it, Was in Vegas last week. Wish I had seen some of the cool trails.
 

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I moved it, Was in Vegas last week. Wish I had seen some of the cool trails.
I'll extend the same offer to you and anyone else who finds themselves in Vegas and bored of the Strip. It didn't take us long to get bored with it. I'm sure Vegas is much more fun with lots of extra money and free time. We have neither.

There are so many good trails within half an hour of the Strip. I've lived in most cities with a Navy base and Vegas has the largest concentration of outdoor activities we've seen.

Only thing it's missing are great fishing spots. We moved from Florida where you couldn't drive five minutes without being near a pond, lake, river or ocean. We had Lake Mead here, but the lake is so overrun with Asian Carp and they're vegetarians which makes them difficult to catch.
 

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Good luck getting most people to work for minimum wage these days. Back then, you would hike several hundred feet up the side of a mountain, then work all day underground in the harshest and most unsafe working conditions. All for pennies a day and this is what you came home to.
 

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Here's an incline shaft. You can see the rail for the ore carts still in place on the right. It was a deep one. Much further than our lights could pierce. We only brought one 70 meter rope into the mine and even that was not enough to reach the bottom.

When we returned to that mine, we found the trail was washed out and hiking during the summer can be very uncomfortable. With winter coming, we plan on getting to the lower levels.

Dinner! Later, Jeeps. If anyone is still interested, I'll post more another time.
 

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Very cool! When I went to Vegas a few years ago, I went to see hoover dam and on the way I was able to see how great that area must be for offroading and exploring. If I'm ever in Vegas again I'll be sure to let you know so we can do some mine exploring :clap:.
 

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Yeah, there are quite a few nice trails above and below the Hoover Dam area. I've been in the area many times and find something new each time.

While at Hoover Dam, did you notice the overlooking WW2 defense bunker? It's very well camoflaged using natural rock, so unless you know what to look for, it's easy to miss.
 

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