The Nevada State Mining Championships are held every Memorial Day Weekend over Jim Butler Days in Tonopah, Nevada. This is the story of how the hard task of drilling became an entertainment and competitive event!
Away from the big city lights of Las Vegas and Reno, Tonopah, Nevada has the unique distinction of having one of the darkest nighttime skies in the country.
Take advantage of this rare opportunity where the brightest lights around are what you see in the sky. Travel the star trails after the moon sets, let your eyes adjust and then simply look up and lose yourself in the darkest skies in the nation.