Eureka, Nevada

Eureka prides itself on being “The Friendliest Town on the Loneliest Road.” And small though it may be, the town has more than a few interesting offerings for visitors and residents alike.

The grand Eureka Opera House was originally constructed in 1880 and underwent extensive renovations in 1993. Once home to silent movies, it now functions as a multi-use facility, hosting theater products, special events and town meetings. Production companies such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival have graced the Opera House’s stage for special performances of the Bard’s great works. Another historic treasure is the Eureka Sentinel Museum, home of the former Eureka Sentinel newspaper from 1879 to 1960. On the ground floor, visitors can see an authentic 1880s pressroom complete with original newspaper equipment. The museum also features vintage mining equipment and ledgers, military uniforms, a reconstructed 1880s barbershop, and various exhibits depicting life in the early days of Eureka. Other interesting sites include the Eureka County Courthouse, which boasts two large bells cast in Cincinnatti, Ohio, and San Francisco; the Jackson House Hotel, which was remodeled in 1998; and Al’s Hardware, once a saloon and cash store.

Mining is still a strong industry in town, and visitors are welcome to tour the Barrick Ruby Hill Mine. But perhaps the greatest commodity in Eureka is the sprawling landscape surrounding town along with its endless riches. There’s certainly no shortage of hiking and other outdoor recreation opportunities around here.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood around Independence Day, stop by for the annual festivities. July Fourth is quite the celebration in Eureka, with a big parade and street events shutting down the heart of town to all but foot traffic. And whenever you visit, don’t forget to get your Highway 50 Survival Guide stamped before heading out of town. Download the guide here and learn how to redeem it for a certificate from the governor declaring “I Survived!” Highway 50.

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Eureka Gold Country Inn exterior
Eureka, NV

The welcoming Eureka Gold Country Inn is conveniently located on Highway 50, the main drag through town. You're sure to have a comfortable and restorative stay, as the property offers exceptionally clean rooms, a friendly staff, and newly remodeled suites. Also, take advantage of the recently remodeled breakfast area complete with free breakfast! When staying at the Eureka Gold Country Inn, be sure to take advantage of free high-speed internet, outdoor swimming and hot tub, and excellent exercise facilities.

Jackson House Hotel with E on mountain behind it
Eureka, NV

Treat yourself to a night in opulence in the magificently restored Jackson House Hotel, in the heart of downtown Eureka. Offering 9 luxurious rooming options, the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of most conveniences in town, like another spectacular historical wonder, the Eureka Opera House which is just next door to the Jackson House Hotel.

Owl Club in Eureka
Eureka, NV
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A staple to both the Eureka community and any passerby on Highway 50, the Owl Club Bar and Steakhouse has been family opened and operated since 1981. At the time of ownership, the small restaurant and bar was making ends meet, but with the help of current owners Ted and Ron, the once easily passable Owl Club has catapulted to iconic success. After nearly 20 years of operating the restaurant, they were able to expand into an adjoining wall, creating much needed extra space. Today, the large property features a mouth-watering steakhouse, expansive bar and even a dance hall.

Ruby Hill Motel in Eureka
Eureka, NV

One of the first lodging options you'll see when entering the alluring town of Eureka is the beautiful Ruby Hill Motel. This wonderful lodging option accomodates single travelers as well as families, as they offer single and double bed rooms. The entire property is non-smoking, and each room comes equipped with a cable television, a mini fridge and a microwave! The Ruby Hill Motel is a pet friendly property, with a small $15 additional fee. Make your reservation quickly, as this great little motel tends to sell out frequently!

Exterior of Sloppy Joe's in Eureka
Eureka, NV
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Fill your belly at a fun little diner just off the famous Lincoln Highway in Eureka. Dishing up traditional, American style diner food, you will not be dissapointed with a stop at Sloppy Joe's Diner. Remedy that hankering for a downright delicious burger, cheese melted to perfection atop a slice of pizza or a toppling ice cream cone at Sloppy Joe's Diner, where the staff will treat you like one of the family and makes sure you're well-fed before sending you on your way. Make this a pit stop on your next trip to Eureka!