Roy Ames located some fluorspar claims in the hills above this little camp in 1941 but it doesn’t appear that he produced much if any fluorite. I suspect some of the buildings were already here by that time, but he probably improved them. Roy passed away in 1966 and is buried in Tonopah.
I was hoping that these cabins would be in better shape as the spot makes for a neat campsite, but they are in need of some serious repair.
Ames Camp is in a fairly remote part of central Nevada. To get there drive out to Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park a few miles east of Gabbs. Once in Berlin, back track 2 miles (3.2 km) to the junction of State Route 844. This is where the paved road ends heading to the park. Follow the GPS track from here and the directions below.
From the intersection at the end of the paved road, head 0.2 miles (0.3 km) south on a graded dirt road to another intersection. Turn left and eastward onto the Grantsville Road. Follow it to the next intersection and turn right (south) at 1.4 miles (2.3 km) and onto FR 108.
At 3.3 miles (5.3 km), veer left at a three-way intersection, leaving the Grantsville Road. At 3.8 miles (6.1 km), you will pass a road. Continue straight onto 43412 Richmond Spur Road. Just 0.2 miles (0.3 km) farther, take a spur road to the right and to Ames Camp tucked away in the pine trees. None of these roads should require 4wd.
Last Updated on May 21, 2021 by Guy Starbuck