Gabbs Valley Mining Claim Marker Removal

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Join Us for a Halloween-Themed Mining Claim Marker Knock Down Weekend

Join us for a fun adventure out to Gabbs Valley WSA and join the hunt for mining claim markers! PVC mining claim markers, that were put up in the 80's and 90's, are a hazard for cavity-dwelling birds and other critters who get stuck in them and, sadly, never make it out. Since the BLM outlawed them in the early 2000's, groups and individuals like ours have been on a statewide scavenger hunt to find the markers and lay them down so that they no longer pose a threat for desert creatures. 

Campsite views

As always, this project is free! We will be providing breakfast with coffee Saturday and Sunday as well as a delicious dinner on Saturday night. We have camping gear available for those who need it. The road to the project area may not require 4 wheel drive but will require a higher clearance vehicle. We will have limited space in Friends trucks to transport volunteers.

Bring your favorite Halloween costume!!

Check out photos from last year's Mining Claim Marker Knock Down Festival here!


Difficulty: Moderate. A majority of this project involves hiking off-trail, up and down steep hills to find and knockdown mining claim markers. Expect to hike 5-8 miles.

Location: Gabbs Valley Wilderness Study Area

Dates: Friday, October 28th to Sunday, October 30th

Travel: Leave Reno at 12 pm on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites, but high clearance may be necessary. Limited number of spots available in Friends trucks.

Food: Breakfast and coffee provided on Saturday and Sunday, big group dinner Saturday night!

Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear is available for loan.

More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.


RSVP is required to participate.

Suggested Packing List 



October 28, 2022 at 12:00pm - October 30, 2022
Olivia Wolff · · (775) 324-7667 x209
Chantal Iosso John McEldowney Jim Neveln Brian Wilkerson Sharon Marie Wilcox Catherine Schmidt Jeff Lock

Who's RSVPing

Chantal Iosso
John McEldowney
Jim Neveln
Brian Wilkerson
Sharon Marie Wilcox
Catherine Schmidt
Jeff Lock

Will you come?

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