I had been wanting to go to Silver City for years, ever since I had seen the TV show Northwest Backroads on it. I think that show was about eight years ago. When the snows came on Saturday, I was wondering if I might not make it in this trip. But I decided to hang around and let the roads dry out for a couple of days. Today: Silver City or Bust.
I took the road from Jordan Valley. It is a gravel road freeway all the way to the DeLamar mine that is now closed. After that the road is a single lane windy, twisty, road that I drove at 5 to 20 mph. I was glad I had waited two days for the roads to dry. There was still a bit of compacted snow on the road in a few locations. Following are photos from the drive.
Photos of Silver City.
Also off the road, north of the DeLamar mine is the Wagontown cemetery. There are no signs, I found photos of it on Google Earth. There is a rough road to it. I parked and walk up the hill about a tenth of a mile.
- I emailed the hotel to get the road conditions before I left. This year the road from the west was in better shape than the road from the east.
- Believe the signs and don’t try to take a trailer to Silver City. Although with the right set-up you can make it, you may have to make others backup and your slow progress requiring spotting may be an irritation to others. There are two nice camping spot about a mile after the turn off to the DeLamar mine. After that don’t take a trailer. I marked the camping spots on my map.