In The Desert
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Modena, Utah, Hamblin Road
This trip in the desert starts at Modena, Utah on Rt. 56, just 9 miles East of the Nevada border. If you ride through town, which is south of Rt. 56 you'll get to see the old historic buildings like the B. J. Lund & Co. - General Merchandise & Hotel building shown here. If you blink you'll miss the town as it's small and has no conveniences, gas or food.
The GPS track included here starts at the turn off from Rt. 56 onto Hamblin Valley Rd. The ghost town of Stateline is 20 miles to the north from the turn off. You can view this GPS track on Google Earth by following the instructions HERE
Just off of the highway you'll see this sign if your on Hamblin Valley road. The road is nice but comes with a warning -- may not be passable in Winter months! We also wondered how Arrowhead Pass got it's name. Maybe on a later trip in the desert?
Before you come out into Hamblin Valley on the right you'll see Nelson Canyon. You can't miss the sandstone formations in this canyon. There are a lot of neat holes worn into the sandstone. This could be a neat area to explore.
Just past Nelson Canyon you'll be able to get a great view of Hamblin Valley. Paradise Mountains will be on your left, to the west. Continue on and make a left at the tee in the road then take the first right turn and look for Stateline Road on the left.
2 wheel drive (weather permitting) but 4 wheel drive recommended for the surrounding area. Also there is a short segment shown farther back into the mountains. These roads can be impassable in the winter. There was still a little snow on some of the roads and it was very warm when we took this daytrip in the desert.
Video, Road Conditions
Stateline, Ghost Town, Ophir Mine
The slide show starts off where you enter the ghost town of Stateline, with some of the old buildings, a mercantile store, and other old foundations. There were 300 people living here during the peak of mining, but that soon dwindled to 18 people when the gold and silver ran out. This all happened between 1894 and 1918. The miners moved slowly south along the mountains finding other productive mines along the way, with Gold Springs being one of the last mining areas to the south. The Ophir Mine mill is shown here and even today is in good shape as it's probably been worked off and on.. Pay particular attention to one of the two old engines (last photo).
Mouse over a photo in the slide show - at the bottom of the slide show you'll see these controls - enabling you to pause, go forward or backward or play the slide show.
Off-roading, Paradise Mountains
Wikimapia Map, Stateline
In the Paradise Mountains to the west of Stateline you'll see some pretty country with neat rock formations like the one to the right.
This was the reservoir for the mining facilities at Stateline. It is now used for water for the local ranchers in the valley to the east of Stateline. There are abundant springs in the area.
If you continue to follow the main road west from the Ophir mine you will end up at the Nevada State border. The bald mountain in the background to the right is in Nevada.
You'll see this old chimney on the way in and out of Stateline. It marks the eastern edge of the ghost town and part of the many ruins remaining in the town.
There is a cemetery for the town and while there we found one marker dated for the death of a child -- 1904 -- this one year old child died in 1927. Back then a lot of children died at an early age.
Depending on the time of year you arrive here you'll see a lot of flowers or remnants of flowers from earlier in the year like this one. There is a lot of vegetation in the mountains here.
We spotted this hawk in the top of this tree on the way out. Keep an eye peeled for other animals. Great catch for the end of the day.
There are a lot of other ruins, mines and sights to be seen here. This is definitely a worthwhile venture, and would make a nice weekend get away. There are many more back roads in the area around the town that we didn't get to.
Have fun --------
The Garmin GPS track can be downloaded HERE