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Caliente, Elgin, Nevada

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Enterprise, Utah

   This is a very interesting trip which can be started from either Enterprise, Utah or from Caliente, Nevada. We'll visit the small town of Elgin, Nevada, Rainbow Canyon, Ella Mountain Fire Lookout, and take a side trip to some caves we located on the topography map near the small settlement of Barclay. More on the Ella Mountain Lookout below. The highlight of the trip. Videos, slideshow, below.
Ella Mountain Fire Lookout
Ella Mountain Lookout. Lincoln County, Nevada - Elevation: 7431 ft.
Administered by Bureau of Land Management, Ely District
   There are only three lookouts standing in Nevada, and Ella Mountain is the most active. One of a handful of lookouts in the U.S. that are operated by the BLM. It lies in the Clover Mountains south of Caliente, NV 80 miles north of Las Vegas near the Utah border. The 15'x15' live in cab with a catwalk that is a modified R-6 flattop with slightly slanting windows on a 10' concrete block base. It was constructed in 1962.
Ella Mountain Topography Map
   This lookout is in use during high periods of "Fire Danger" from May through October Visitors are welcome. Please ask the lookout manager for assistance or permission to view the facilities. The manager's name is John.

Video, Slideshow

Topography Map

View in full screen at 1080 HD for more detail.

See the "enlargement" for more detail or download the GPX file above.

Download the GPX file for this daytrip.

   The above topo will help with the location of the fire tower and the surrounding area. To find the tower or the caves it would be best to download the GPX track and view it in a topography map program. This is a long trip, almost 100 miles off road, so be prepared! Have a safe trip!
Thanks to Gil Meacham for suppling the GPX track to the Fire Tower
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