by Randy Stapilus (Falcon Guides)
The people and the campgrounds are in different places in this region. The people are in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, which more than a century ago became one of the premier mining districts in the United States. Billions of dollars worth of silver, and lesser amounts of other valuable metals, were mined in the valley running from the present communities of Kingston to Mullan, an area so rich it was called the Silver Valley. Since the early 1980s, however, this activity has diminished and little mining still is undertaken. Wallace and Kellogg do have mining-era historical exhibits and tours well worth a visit, and Kellogg is ground zero for the world’s longest single-stage gondola, leading up to the Silver Mountain ski area overlooking the valley.
In between Pritchard and the campground, campers can use a Forest Service dump station. This is more gorgeous mountain country, and it is a little more remote from the crowds than some of the campgrounds nearer Coeur d’Alene. These campgrounds are bases for fishing and hunting and for rafting or inner-tubing down the Coeur d’Alene River. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Berlin Flats, Kit Price, Devil's Elbow, Big Hank, and Bumblebee.
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