Part of Nevada’s indelible charm and appeal is its rich heritage. And while time travel eludes us still, there is a way to step back into the Silver State’s astonishing past. Dotting the vast landscape of Nevada are countless ghost towns, and while some are marked only by indecipherable ruins and tumbleweeds, others are surprisingly intact. Either way, these remarkable places are portals into a Nevada of old and certainly worth a wander.
Nevada’s ghost towns can be found scattered across all points of the state. And while you won’t find all of them on a traditional state map, many are still easily accessible. Take Rhyolite, situated four miles west of Beatty on State Route 374 and known as one of Nevada’s most-visited ghost towns. Ghost-hunters will enjoy exploring the abandoned town’s assortment of old buildings and tumbled ruins, which include a battered old concrete jail complete with iron door and barred window, not to mention one of the most-photographed sites in Nevada. The Tom Kelley Bottle House is a small house constructed almost entirely of beer and liquor bottles. Originally erected in 1905, the Bottle House was rehabilitated in 2005 and is, amazingly, one of the few buildings still standing in Rhyolite today. Another nearly-empty ghost town that enjoys more than its fair share of visitors is Belmont, home to fewer than one dozen current full-time residents. About forty-five miles northeast of Tonopah, Belmont boasts the Belmont Courthouse, a state historic park, in addition to more original buildings than residents! Graffiti from more than a century ago can be found on the courthouse interior – a truly intriguing look at the past. One of Nevada’s livelier ghost towns, Gold Point, has earned a reputation as a unique vacation destination. Visitors can enjoy a stay in a restored miner’s cabin, family-style dining, town and museum tours and more.
Nevada’s ghost town list goes on and on. From deserted to nearly deserted, each and every one is truly a sight to see. And whether your interest is limited to poking around for an afternoon or spending a few nights with Nevada’s ghostly spirits, we’ve got just the place.