Beatty is known as Nevada’s “Gateway to Death Valley,” which is only a short seven miles away. It’s the ideal headquarters as you venture into the vast and awe-inspiring Mohave Desert. From Beatty, you can drive through Hell’s Gate to Death Valley National Park or hike the trails at Desolation Canyon, Mosaic Canyon or The Hebe Craters. Also nearby is Scotty’s Castle, a fascinating and unusual home near Death Valley that hosted many Hollywood parties in the 1930s.
The small rural town of Beatty was founded in 1904 as part of the Bullfrog Mining District, and today offers a refreshing respite from the surrounding desert. The little town features popular attractions like Bailey’s Hot Springs and the Beatty Museum, home to artifacts, books and photos from the town’s mining heyday. The hot springs are on the site of the town’s former railroad depot and feature private antique bath houses, a welcome place to relax.
Beatty is also known for its proximity to Rhyolite, one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West. Only four miles away, Rhyolite is a relic of the boom-and-bust era of the early 1900s. The discovery of gold put this now-abandoned town on the map as it reached its peak in 1907 with 10,000 residents. But it ended as quickly as it began, and the town began to crumble when the gold ran out and residents moved on to more profitable land. All that remains are stone and wood ruins of the former bank, train depot and other town structures. One building of note is Tom Kelly’s bottle house, constructed of somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 glass bottles. And as you near the town of Rhyolite, you’ll see ghostly white forms and brightly painted sculptures. This is the Goldwell Open Air Museum, and each of the sculptures represents a part of the town’s history – even the penguin chasing the miner.
Back in Beatty, you’ll find a selection of motels, hotels and RV parks to rest your weary head after a day of touring the area’s attractions. The town also plays host to annual events such as the Rally the Valley Motorcycle Run and the Rhyolite Resurrection Festival. The beloved Beatty Days celebrate the town’s heritage with a parade, games and events, music and more.