We left Winnemucca Friday, Sept 4th heading east on I-80 to Elko, then southeast 26 miles on state highway 227 to the Thomas Canyon Forest Service Campground in the Ruby Mountain Scenic Area. The Ruby Mountains Range runs northeast to southwest and has several peaks reaching 10,000 ft and one over 11,000 ft.
The campground is located in Lamoille canyon about seven miles from the town of Lamoille. This was our first trip to the Elko area and the campground was a very pleasant surprise – since we are accustomed to the barren desert terrain prevalent throughout most of Nevada. We had to dry camp which wasn’t a problem with the generator, though we were only allowed to use it early in the morning and later afternoon.
The campground was surrounded by high peaks with cliffs and very steep slopes. I spotted a mountain goat and kid high on the peak in back of our trailer site and we watched them several mornings and evenings.
On Sunday the 6th we drove south through the Ruby Valley along the west side of the mountains. It was an area of large ranches and several small communities located along streams closer to the mountains. We took some pictures in Jiggs which was located on the highway. It was a pleasant stop and we’ve marked it as a place to stop again sometime.