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Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, Jarbridge

Last Known StatusOpen

Once a bustling gold mining town from 1909-1932 and home of last stagecoach robbery in 1916, Jarbidge provides visitors a rare glimpse into the Wild West. The town is surrounded by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Jarbidge Wilderness, providing scenery that is a cut above the typical desert scrub brush that is usually found throughout Nevada.

The trails are mostly hard packed and rocky 4x4 roads that wind through mixed pine and cottonwood trees, rugged mountains, streams and rivers. Most of the routes are open to motorized use except in the wilderness area (hiking or horseback riding only).

Big Cottonwood, Juniper Grove and The Forks campgrounds are located on the way in (if coming from the east via Rogerson, Idaho) and are ideal for RVs since the main road progressively gets narrower and twisty as you head up in elevation.

Restaurants, saloons, lodging, gas (debit or credit card only) and a general store is also available in town. Holiday weekends, especially Jarbidge Days (second weekend every August) are very popular.

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Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesNevada registration is not required if the vehicle is already registered in another state and will be located in Nevada for no more than 15 days.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesSome AreasProhibited in Jarbidge Wilderness Area
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasProhibited in Jarbidge Wilderness Area
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome AreasProhibited in Jarbidge Wilderness Area
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some AreasProhibited in Jarbidge Wilderness Area
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasProhibited in Jarbidge Wilderness Area
2 Stroke EnginesSome AreasProhibited in Jarbidge Wilderness Area
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
Rule EnforcementSomeDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol


Approx Size10,000 acres (16 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5000 to 10000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of open mine shafts, cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM, National Forest


Gasoline GasolineOn SiteOutdoor Inn (775) 488-2311 (debit or credit card only)
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (NE)Rogerson Service Station (208) 655-4277
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV HookupOn SiteOutdoor Inn (775) 488-2311 (call for details)
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteOutdoor Inn (775) 488-2311 (call for details)
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv StoreOn Site


CommentCamping is free at Forest Service and BLM campgrounds - stay limited to 14 days.


Prosvery scenic, remote, some decent primitive campsites
Consmostly 4x4 trails
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityJarbidge, NV
AddressJarbidge, NV 89826
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Twin Falls, ID
1) Take Hwy 93 south about 28 miles
2) Turn right (west) onto 3 Creek Road, continue about 50 miles (road eventually turns to dirt)
3) The Forks Campground is on the left. Stage here or continue about 15 miles toward Jarbidge.

From Elko, NV
1) Take NV-225 north about 55 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto Eco Road 746, continue about 20 miles
3) Turn left (north) onto Jarbidge-Charleston County Road, continue about 25 miles toward town of Jarbidge.

**Note: Both routes may be inaccessible during winter months. Call before heading out.


Contact InfoHumboldt Toiyabe National Forest - Jarbidge Ranger District
140 Pacific Avenue
Wells, NV 89835
(775) 752-3357
Contact InfoBLM - Jarbidge Field Office
2878 Addison Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 735-2060
Contact InfoOutdoor Inn
Jarbidge, NV 89826
(775) 488-2311
CommentLodging and general information.


Jarbidge Trail Photo

Jarbidge Trail

On the way to Jarbidge you will go past the river recreation site. A shore distance away is the Forks campground, which has a few shady but secluded sites overlooking the river.

Jarbidge Trail Photo

A scenic photo of red orange rock mesas surrounded by green meadows and various trees taken from the trail.

The scenery is unique to Nevada. Colorful mesas, hoodoos and rugged rock formations surrounded by various aspen, pine and sage brush makes this a must visit destination.

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View of Jarbidge Outdoor Inn, restaurant and motel.

Jarbidge has a few motels, saloons and restaurants and is offroad friendly. During the winter months snowmobiles are welcomed.

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Campsite with picnic table, fire ring and BBQ grill overlooking the East Fork Jarbidge River.

Juniper Grove is located between The Forks and Big Cottonwood campgrounds. This area also has a couple small but shady sites overlooking the East Fork Jarbidge River.

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BLM sign for Jarbidge River Recreation Site with dirt parking lot, informational kiosk and vault toilet.

The Jarbidge River Recreation Site has an informational kiosk, dirt parking lot and vault toilet. Adjacent from the parking lot is the Forks Campground, which has a couple secluded but nicely maintained campsites.

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An ATV with rear cargo box parked in front of the Jarbidge Trading Post and jail.

The Trading Post is a small general store stocked with some basic items, cold drinks and bagged ice. To the left is the Jarbidge Jail, where you can go in for a quick tour.

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View of Salmon Falls Dam with Lud Drexler Park in the background.

If coming from Hwy 93 you need to cross the Salmon Falls Dam. After crossing the dam there is still 55 miles to go until you reach Jarbidge. The campground in the background is Lud Drexler Park, which has 20 campsites, water spigots and dump station.

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View of East Fork Jarbidge River taken from the road.

This view of the river was taken between the Jarbidge River Recreation Site and The Forks Campground.

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Close up view of abandoned and rusty mining equipment surrounded by juniper trees and overgrown grass.

Remnants of old mining equipment can be found throughout the area.

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A scenic view of various trees and partially snow capped mountains taken from 4x4 trail.

The views near the top of the forest service roads provide panoramic views of open meadows, snow capped hills and mountains and clear blue skies.

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A view of rugged boulder peaks near Jarbidge.

According to an old Shoshone legend, a man-eating giant called Tsawhawbitts used to roam the canyons and caves looking for a victim to take away. Miners incorrectly heard the name as Jahabich, which over time turned into Jarbidge.

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Motel in Jarbidge, Nevada.

There are several motels to choose from that offer comfortable rooms in a rustic setting.


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Forest Service Road surrounded by green grass with snow capped mountains in the background.

This forest service road gradually climbs in elevation. Expect to encounter some snow the higher you go.

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A scenic view of colorful rugged boulders on a hillside.

Colorful rugged boulders are common throughout the area. Bring the camera!

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A scenic view of Three Creek Road surrounded by trees and rugged boulders.

The main entrance road (Three Creek Road) is mostly smooth and hardpacked but becomes very twisty and narrow the closer you get to Jarbdige. Big RVs and long trailers are not advised.

Jarbidge Trail Photo

BLM sign for The Jarbidge Forks.

From this point Jarbidge is only 13 miles away.

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Close up view of rocky 4x4 trail.

Most of the trails are old mining roads. ATVs and UTVs are permitted on designated routes.

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Boat launch ramps at the Jarbidge River Recreation Site.

This is the boat launch ramps at the Jarbidge River Recreation Site.


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Vault toilet at Juniper Grove Campground.

This vault toilet is located at the Juniper Grove campground. All of the campgrounds are regularly maintained.

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Campsite with picnic table, fire ring and BBQ grill surrounded by aspen, juniper and pine trees.

This is another campsite tucked away at the The Forks Campground, which is perfect for a popup trailer or tent. There is no fee charged to camp at The Forks, Big Cottonwood or Juniper Grove but stays are limited to 14 days.

Jarbidge Trail Photo

Scenic view of snow capped mountains.

The mountains are often snow capped well into late spring.

Jarbidge Trail Photo

Scenic view of campsite with picnic table, fire ring and BBQ grill surrounded by aspen and juniper trees.

Big Cottonwood Campground has a couple small but shady sites that overlook the East Fork Jarbidge River.

Jarbidge Trail Photo

Campsite with fire ring, picnic table and shady trees overlooking the East Fork Jarbidge River.

The Forks Campground has a couple secluded sites that overlook the East Fork Jarbidge River. Each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring and BBQ grill.

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