Date: August 3 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-99
TABOR CREEK CAMPGROUND RE-OPENS
The Tabor Creek Campground has been re-opened after being evacuated and closed because of threats from the Hepworth Fire.
The popular campground was evacuated on July 16, 2007, when the fast growing, fast moving Hepworth Fire started burning towards it. The campground was unaffected and the fire reached Pole Creek about a mile and a half south of Tabor Creek. Visitors will only see the burned area while enroute to Tabor Creek, and the burn is not visible in the campground itself. The Hepworth Fire and others formed the Hepworth Complex which burned over 59,000 acres before being contained on July 25.
Tabor Creek Recreation Area is 30 miles north of Wells on the west side of the Snake Mountains. There are 10 campsites with tables and fire rings, and vault toilets. Drinking water is not provided, however water out of Tabor Creek is clear and suitable for drinking if it is properly boiled or filter purified before use. No garbage service is provided; visitors are asked to follow the “Pack it in - Pack it out” outdoor ethics by taking out what you brought in, plus a little extra that you might find laying around. Tabor Creek offers good stream fishing for trout, and the nearby Snake Range is popular for mountain biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The use fee is $2 per vehicle per day.
Visitors are reminded that Fire Restrictions remain in effect in Elko County and northeastern Nevada. Even though campfires are allowed in the designated fire pits at Tabor Creek, people are asked to use extreme caution. People are also asked to be careful when driving through or over burned areas.
To report wildfires call (775) 738-FIRE, (775) 748-4000, or 911.