At the eastern end of U.S. Highway 50 in, Nevada is the bustling town of Ely. What started as just a post office and stagecoach station grew rapidly with the discovery of copper in 1906. As the railroad steamed into town, Ely continued to grow, and today the community’s history is documented by a series of giant murals gracing the sides of buildings throughout town. For a closer look at Ely’s history, visitors can also tour the Renaissance Village to see homes and stores adorned as they would have been in the 1900s.
If touring the average museum offers visitors a glimpse into the past, a visit to the Nevada Northern Railway Museum is more like a trip through time.
Just a few miles northwest of Ely in the Eagan Mountain range is the gem lover’s paradise known as the Garnet Fields Rockhound Area.
When it comes to incredible recreational opportunities, the sky is the limit with Cave Lake State Park! Located 15 miles southeast of Ely, this oasis is perched in the middle of the Schell Creek Ranch, adjacent to the Humboldt National Forest. At a towering 7,300 feet, the 32-acre park offers outstanding scenic views and an abundance of opportunities for nature study and photography.
For many decades following its opening in 1929, the Hotel Nevada was a favorite stop-over for the rich and famous of Hollywood as they traveled between California and Sun Valley, Idaho. A dozen rooms at the hotel reflect the luxury and glamour of this bygone era. Ask to stay in the Gary Cooper or Mickey Rooney room! There are also rooms dedicated to Charlie Rich, Jimmy Stewart, Wayne Newton, Ann Rutherford, and others.