Central Nevada and Elko

"Sapphire Tunnel" Cave

We’ve known about this cave for some time, but it wasn’t until 2015 we were finally able to put together a trip to see if we could find it. And after a few hours of climbing ladders and walking miles into the center of a mountain, we reached it.

At over 100 ft tall and 80 ft x 80 ft wide, its scale is hard to grasp. It is stunningly impressive. The cave was originally discovered by miners who broke into this cave while working their mine. Apparently, not caring for caves too much, they found the cave a convenient place to dump waste rock, covering much of the original floor up. Who knows what lies buried beneath?

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