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.
The most magical train of the year, Nevada Northern Railway's Polar Express Train heads to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus beginning November 28. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while reading The Polar Express.