Delamar Nevada view of the valley

Exploring the Ghost Town Delamar, Nevada

A once robust mining town founded in the late 1800’s, this town got it’s nickname the “Widow Maker”, due to the large amount of men that perished mining the hills for gold.

History of Delamar

John Ferguson and Joseph Sharp were the first to discover the secret stash of gold hiding in the hills of Delamar. Soon after, a mining camp was established near the now defunct Monkeywrench Mine.

Delamar Newspaper Publication - Photo shows a man and child working in a newspaper office in the late 1800s.
Delamar Newspaper Publication

The town expanded rapidly. They first added a post office and a newspaper publication was born shortly thereafter in 1894. Quick growth led to a population of over 3,000 in just three short years, which lead to the town becoming the largest producer of ore in the State of Nevada.

Delamar Mining Town - An old mining town taken in the the 1890s.
Delamar Mining Town

Many of the buildings in the area were made of stone, remnants of which you can still see today hiking around the area.

Black and White photo of a Mining camp from the 1890s in Delamar, NV. Small structures and paths carved into the mountainside are seen.
Mining town seen from the 1890s

Given the remoteness of the area, all supplies (including water) had to be brought to the bustling town. Visiting the remote area on a hot sun-soaked day will leave you yearning for the comfort of air conditioning and a cool glass of lemonade, none of which would have been available to these hearty souls in the 1900’s.

Down the mountain road, you can also stop and visit the two graveyards populated with past local residents.

What does Delamar Look like today?

All that remains of Delamar today is the remants of a once bustling community. When the gold ran out, so did the town.

Ruins and remnants of stone buildings scattered through the rolling hills of Delamar.
Ruins of Delamar seen in present day

You’ll find rusted out cars, piles of brightly colored glass debris and crumbling stone structures.

Remnants of a second story stone building in Delamar Nevada
Ruins at Delamar
Crumbling stone wall

When we visited, there was only one other car parked on the dusty road. Some adventurous souls still visit Delamar for shooting practice and to explore the now defunct mine shafts in the area (neither of which should be attempted), but it’s largely abandoned as a tourist attraction.

A red tailed hawk soaring through the air.
Hawk Circles the Hills of Delamar
A white angel weeps in front of a Joshua tree in a cemetery.

Know before you go:

  • There are no ZERO services in the “town” of Delamar. It’s a ghost town and there is no one around.
  • The old mine shafts are closed for a reason. Do NOT venture inside them. They are unstable and you’re likely to get yourself killed. Plus, it’s illegal.
  • The road is rocky, bumpy and not well maintained. A Honda Civic isn’t going to get you up there. In fact, if you don’t have an SUV or a truck with 4-wheel drive, do yourself a favor and STAY HOME. Those vehicles could still get stuck and good luck getting help out there. I can’t picture a typical tow truck making it up there.
  • Cell phone service is basically non-existent at Delamar (and in the surrounding areas.) Maybe it has to do with the nearby Nevada Testing and Training Range that you definitely aren’t visiting.
  • If you want snacks and water, you better take it with you.
  • If something happens and you need to get help, you’re looking at a 12+ mile hike down uneven terrain to potentially flag someone down on U.S. 93.

Still want to go?

Dirt road leading through a decaying fence towards some rugged mountains.
Start of the road to Delamar

Is visiting the Delamar Mining Town worth it?

Rating: 2.0 Mooses

If you love history and getting off the beaten path, this is definitely the place for you. If you don’t have an off-road vehicle, are scared of tumbling off a highly questionable mountain “road” and need to have official signs of the historic significance of an area, we would recommend skipping this one. On the positive side, the views of the hillside on a clear day are absolutely stunning.

Verdict: Skip unless you’re a hardcore history buff and adventurer.

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