Anyone who hasn't been to Denio (which is probably most people) should definitely make the trip. I drove from Elko on what was mostly beaten up backroads which to me was part of the fun and adventure. I made three stops on my trip. The first was the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. I had no idea I would be driving through this to get o my final destination which was the Royal Peacock Opal Mine. This resevere is amazing. It was hard to believe that after driving what felt like forever in the middle of nowhere I turned into this awesome refuge with pronghorn everywhere and several wild horses. Not only was the wildlife and nature beautiful but there was also plenty of great camping spots. After driving through the refuge I came across the Royal Peacock Opal mine which was my intended destination. Royal Peacock is an old surface opal mine where visitors can go and pay to mine for opals and keep what they find. It was a lot of fun. It's family run and the owners did a great job explaining how to find the opals and then let mine all day. It was a great experience. On the way home I stopped at the first gas station I saw which happened to have a greasy spoon diner in it. I stayed to eat and was served possibly the best sandwhich I have ever had. This is a definitely a trip worth taking.
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