A remote, high-desert mountain range in Eastern Nevada, the Shellback Range offers great views of rugged countryside. Located just an hour West of Ely, the area is an easy day trip for visitors. The city of Ely, Nevada, hosts any service an OHV operator might need.
Many historic mining areas can be found in this region, so be aware of open mine shafts. The abandoned ghost town of Hamilton on the Northwest side of the trail system is a popular stop in the area.
From downtown Ely, Nevada:
- Take US Highway 50 West for 37 miles.
- Turn left onto NF 401, then immediately turn left again onto NF 400 for one mile.
- Staging can be done here at Illipah Reservoir, or roadside staging can be found further South.
Rules of the Road
Land Manager: United States Forest Service
Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.
Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.
- Register Your Vehicle
- Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Trail Users