Nevada Ghost Towns and Where to Find ‘Em

“Ghost town.” Just that term alone intrigues with its mysterious, timeworn essence. A place once teeming with thousands of fortune-seekers, pioneers, and others trying to make their way in the mining towns that made Nevada the “Silver State”—and now not a single soul at all… except you and your fellow adventurers. Now get this: Nevada is home to more than 600 ghost towns. As crazy as it sounds, that’s more ghost towns than actual populated ones, making Nevada an unbeatable destination for a solid, off-grid adventure with a hefty side of history. And whether you set off from Reno, Las Vegas, Elko, or anywhere else, you’ll find them waiting for you in every corner of the state.

Nevada’s characteristically dry, crisp climate helps keep the remains of these historic townsites aging gently in a state of “arrested decay.” Relic-strewn ruins of old mining operations, fully intact homes and still-standing structures, thousands of old buildings, and other vestiges of this wild slice of Nevada history still beg to be explored—decades and decades after all these “boomtowns” went bust. Find out where to go, what to see, and how to get there, with Travel Nevada as your go-to ghost town guide.


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Whether it’s the newest item on your bucket list or the best wrong turn you ever took, whichever corner of this state you venture to, you’re bound to uncover the kind of unexpected encounters, memorable characters, and only-in-Nevada experiences that make this place so damn special.

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Out of More than 600, Here are a Few of Our Faves

Ghost town guru or not, Nevada makes it easy to get in on this fascinating, immersive chapter of history with ghost towns that cater to all interests. Whether you’re looking to four-wheel your way off the grid to a remote mountain mining camp or take a guided tour within an easy day trip from the Strip, there’s a Nevada ghost town waiting for you at the end of the road. 

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A guy moves to Las Vegas, plays a slot machine, hits a jackpot, and BUYS AN ENTIRE GHOST TOWN. Gold Point Ghost Town might not exist today, if not for the efforts of Herb Robbins and his partners, Chuck and Walt Kremin. History buffs and ghost town aficionados, they’ve lovingly preserved what remains of this old boom-and-bust community. Pack an overnight bag and settle into an original miner’s cabin at the Gold Point Ghost Town B&B, which features family-style steak dinners and a well-stocked saloon fit for a movie set. The stargazing in these parts ain’t too shabby either. 

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Gold Point Ghost Town

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Jarbidge Ghost Town

Nevada’s elusive northeastern corner is also home to a 19th-century jail outfitted with its original cot at the site of the last gold rush in the American West. One of the most remote locales in the Lower 48, Jarbidge Ghost Town is a “living ghost town,” claiming only 19-ish year-round residents, no paved streets, and only one intersection—and yet, two saloons (because Nevada)—but plenty of ghost stories worth traveling for. While you’re in the Jarbidge area, be sure to check out Tuscarora and Metropolis, too. 

If you’re exploring southern Nevada and the Las Vegas outskirts, get Rhyolite on the sched. If spooky old buildings, a house made entirely of booze bottles, and a nearby burro-themed chilli and beer bar aren’t enough to get you here, zero in on 28 More Excuses to Get to Rhyolite, and you’ll quickly see why this just so happens to be the most photographed and most visited ghost town in the Silver State.


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Metropolis Ghost Town, NV.
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An old “garage” in goldfield, NV. I stopped on the side of the road to snack on some beef jerky and cheese, stretch my back, before going out for the Milky Way shots. Apparently the hotel I’m in front of is “haunted”. Didn’t see any ghosts, but the donkeys were having a party in the distance. It’s a bit unnerving if you don’t know what they sound like. ————————————————————————
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Unionville in Pershing County, NV. Unionville was a successful mining town settled in the 1860s. Mark Twain reportedly lived in one of ruined cabins for a short while. #nevada #travelnevada #historicarchitecture #marktwain #nerdshit
We spent a lot of time checking out Belmont. Neat little place! Just on the other side of Tonopah! @nyecounty @sydneymmartinez @travelnevada @only_in_nevada @tonopahnevada  #nyecounty #belmont #nevada #homemeansnevada #tonopahnevada #gopro #hero8 #nevadaspeaks #ghostowns #miningcamps #mines #f4f
Seven Troughs ghost town. Really amazing structures still standing here 🤘

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At the peak of its boom, Rhyolite had it all. Swimming pools, baseball teams, the opera, brothels, saloons, gambling tables, hospitals, schools...the list goes on. They even had a weekly newspaper and monthly magazine!

For a goldrush era boomtown that lasted only from 1904 to 1919, Rhyolite certainly made its mark. Today, it is one of the most-photographed ghost town in Nevada's Old West. .
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This is pretty much as middle-of-nowhere as you can possibly get and still be in a “town”.
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The area around Nelson was originally called Eldorado in 1775. It is now known as Eldorado Canyon. The town was a site of one of the first major gold strikes in Nevada and one of the biggest mining booms in state history. They discovered Gold and silver in the Techatticup Mine. Now you can visit the mine with a tour and get a feeling of that historic gold rush. The ticket shop is based in a wonderful former Texaco gas station, across the street. The mine has been used as a filming location for multiple feature movies , including 3000 Miles to Graceland. The area is also often used as a background for music video clips and fashion shootings. I enjoyed my stay there insidemymemories , hope you had a nice time there with me 😅

Das Gebiet rund um Nelson wurde Zur Gründungszeit 1775 Eldorado genannt. Es ist heute bekannt als Eldorado Canyon. Der Ort war Schauplatz einer der ersten bedeutenden Goldfunde in Nevada und der größte Aufschwung für den Bergbau in der Geschichte des Staates. Sie fanden Gold und Silber in dem Techatticup Bergwerk. Heute kann man die Mine im Rahmen einer Tour erkunden und so einen Hauch des Goldrauschs von damals spüren. Der Ticket Shop ist in einer alten Tankstelle untergebracht, direkt gegenüber an der Straße. Das Bergwerk wurde schon für mehrere große Film Produktionen benutzt unter anderem für den Film 3000 Meilen bis Graceland. Das Gebiet selbst wird darüber hinaus häufig für Musikvideo Produktionen und Fashion Shootings genutzt. Ich hab mein Aufenthalt dort sehr genossen, ich hoffe Ihr hattet eine schöne Zeit dort mit mir 😁 📸by insidemymemories ⠀⁠⠀⁠
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