Freiberg Smelter

Back in 2012, we went on a trip through central Nevada and spent a night in the old mining camp of Freiberg.


Discovered in 1865, the area was worked in a small way for silver, but the mines never produced much of anything. We explored the area and only found a few traces of mining activity. This ruin of a smelter is the highlight of what is left.

This is an excellent and quiet place to visit, way out in the middle of nowhere. We felt like we had the whole valley to ourselves, and we pretty much did.

This site is now included inside the Basin and Range National Monument.