The Dirt: Tabor Creek to Metropolis Ghost Town



Located 12 miles North-Northwest of Wells, the ghost town of Metropolis makes for a quick, interesting, and informative stop on the way to Tabor Creek Campground. While few, if any, of the original homesteads are still in operation, more recent ranch activity is taking place around both sites. Please be aware of changing land managers and private property around active ranches. The area features sage covered hills, wide views of distant desert horizons, primitive camping, and wildlife viewing at Tabor Creek. The greenery around Tabor Creek contrasts with the surrounding desert very sharply, giving an impression of an oasis.

Roads leading to Tabor Creek and Metropolis vary from well-maintained, graded dirt roads, to rough and overgrown two-track roads. Travelers can select more challenging routes, or easier roads for towing trailers or recreational vehicles. Always ride with caution, and be aware that backpackers and equestrians may recreate around Tabor Creek.


From Wells, Nevada:

  • Head West on 8th Street/N. Metropolis Rd. for 6 miles.
  • Continue onto County Rd./Upper Metropolis Rd. for 15 miles.
    • This is the main graded road in the area. It will wind around 40 acre agricultural parcels and intersect with smaller ranch roads. At these intersections, remain on the signed, graded road. 
  • Merge onto O'Neil-Deeth County Rd. and continue for 6 miles.
  • Campground signage will appear on the right.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

More Trail Info...

Land Manager: United States Forest Service - Elko Office

660 South 12th St.
Suite 108
Elko, NV 89801

Telephone: 775-738-5171

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.

While there are a number of user created play areas and OHV trails, it is best practice to follow leave no trace and tread lightly principles. Users are encouraged to stay on existing roads and trails. Plenty exist in this area! Always ride within your limits and be courteous to other trail users. 

  • 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

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

Plan Your Visit