It’s just north of Ely, Nevada, about 225 miles (or three hours) southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, and 225 miles (or 3.5 hours) northwest of St. George, Utah. Twin Falls, Idaho, is about 235 miles (or 3.5 hours) to the north, and Las Vegas is about 260 miles (or four hours in light traffic and good weather) to the south.
— From Salt Lake City, head west on Interstate 80 to West Wendover, Nevada. Take Exit 410, and follow the signs to head south on Alternate U.S. Highway 93 for about 106 miles.
— From St. George, head north on Utah State Route 18 for about 47 miles. Turn right in Enterprise, and at the junction with Utah State Route 56, turn left. Continue west on 56 (which becomes Nevada 319) until the junction with U.S. Highway 93 in Panaca. Turn right on 93, and head north for just under 92 miles. At the 6/50 junction, turn left and continue west/north for about 27 miles. At the intersection with E. Aultman, turn right and continue for about 12 miles to McGill.
— From Twin Falls, head due south on Highway 93 for about 239 miles.
— From Las Vegas, head north on Interstate 15 for just over 21 miles. Take Exit 64 to Highway 93, and continue north for 85 miles. Turn left onto State Route 318, and keep right. Continue north on 318 for 110 miles, and at the end of the road, turn right onto U.S. Highway 6. Head east on 6 for 24 miles, and then turn left onto Great Basin Boulevard. Continue for about 0.7 miles, and then turn right at the junction onto E. Aultman/93 North. Head north on 93 for about 12 miles to McGill.
Wherever you’re coming from, be sure to top off your gas tank or recharge your electric/hybrid vehicles whenever you have a chance. There are no services between McGill and West Wendover or Wells, Nevada, or between Ely and Pioche, Nevada.
If you come here expecting a carbon copy of tony resort towns like Aspen, Crested Butte, Park City or Sun Valley, you are bound to be deeply disappointed.
McGill is an authentic, unvarnished small town with limited retail services right now, although we are working with others to boost those options.
You can still get away from it all here, without having to vie with hordes of weekend warriors, jet-setting tourists and the nouveau riche crowding backcountry trails.
We’re just minutes away from two designated wilderness areas, and opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in the surrounding valley and mountain ranges.
Looking more like the plateaus of central Utah or the mountains of northern New Mexico, places like Timber Creek, Berry Creek, the Bristlecone Wilderness, Telegraph Peak and the Cherry Creek Range defy stereotypes that portray Nevada as a barren, desolate, sun-scorched wasteland.
In a matter of minutes, you can travel from valley wetlands and sagebrush steppelands to pinyon-juniper woodlands, coniferous forests and subalpine peaks. Along the way, you might see the largest elk herd in Nevada; the second-largest mule deer herd in the state; or the third-largest herd of pronghorn antelope.
— Right now, the nearest accommodations are in Ely, Nevada, about 12 to 13 miles south of McGill. In the entire county, there are just 790 hotel rooms, RV spaces and private campsites, altogether, so attendees who are traveling from afar should make reservations ahead of time.
— There are only a handful of overnight rentals in the county, and most of those are about an hour away, near Great Basin National Park.
— We are currently developing plans for a festival campground about two road miles north of the venue. The campground will offer a range of options, from glamping tents with concierge services to yurt rentals and spaces where attendees can pitch their own tents for a fee. Restroom trailers, shower trailers, a fire pit and a gathering tent will also be set up at the site.
— Opportunities for camping on nearby public lands are virtually endless, but attendees should be prepared for inclement weather and poor road conditions before they head off into the backcountry.
We love dogs — we’re partial to pit bulls — and welcome attendees who take good care of their canine companions. All dogs must be on leashes and under control at all times, and attendees must clean up after their pets.
We’re not big fans of rules and regulations, but Schellraiser aims to be 100 percent smoke-free. This includes marijuana and vaping products.
Be prepared for warm days and cool nights. Daytime highs are generally in the mid-70s, while average nighttime temperatures drop to the low-40s. Light snow flurries are uncommon during the first week of June, but they’re not unheard of. If you’re planning to camp out or roam around, bring an extra layer of warm clothing and rain gear with you.
We are taking the time now to ensure that Schellraiser will be a safe and well-organized event.
We will follow all local and state guidelines and restrictions to protect attendees’ health, and to prevent the spread of any virus. We will also implement any steps that the Event Safety Alliance recommends, such as requiring the use of face masks and monitoring body temperatures before anyone will be admitted to the venue. To learn more about the Event Safety Alliance’s recommendations, go to: www.eventsafetyalliance.org.
We are hopeful that Covid-19 vaccines will be widely available by June of 2021. But in the event that state restrictions on gatherings are still in place at that time, we will postpone Schellraiser indefinitely, and offer full refunds to anyone who does not want to hold on to their tickets and passes for a later date.