Located in southern Ruby Valley, the Ruby Marsh Campground borders the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge administered by the U.AS. Fish and Wildlife Service. This recreation area is in a stand of juniper and pinion pine trees at the base of a steep slope to majestic Pearl Peak. It is also the home of an extensive stand of bristle cone pine trees, one of the oldest living organisms on earth.
The campground has 35 single-family campsites, a fish cleaning station, and RV sanitary station. It overlooks the marshes of Ruby Lake, home of many species of birds. The campground is visited primarily by bird watchers, fishermen and hunters. Both trout and bass fishing are popular on the Refuge. The Refuge headquarters is located only 1 1/2 miles north of the campground and is a must to visit to obtain information about the local flor and fauna. The county road through Ruby Valley is the route of the Hastings Cutoff of the California Trail, route of the ill-fated Donner Party. Cave Creek, at the Refuge headquarters, was a major camping area for California bound emigrant wagon trains.
The small community of Shanty Town is located 1 mile south of the campground and basic supplies are available at the general store.
About 7 miles south of the campground is the old site of Fort Ruby, a U.S. Calvary post that was developed to help protect local settlers, riders of the Pony Express and later, traffic on the Overland Stage Route.
Another 2-3 miles south of the Ruby Fort is the Overland Pass Road, which roughly follows the original Pony Express/Overland Stage Route. The route is marked on-the-ground and can easily be seen intermittently.