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. Get your hands on stunning images, surprising stories, colorful characters, do-before-you-die events, and beyond. And just to sweeten the deal, in addition to sending you our official Nevada Visitors Guide, we’ll throw in our swanky state map, too.

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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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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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This train car was once a home, before being converted into a fuel station. Today, it's just another relic in a ghost town. - Southern NV
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Sem dúvida um dos “cenários” mais completos que já vi. Sabe a sensação de chegar em um lugar e parecer que entrou em um filme?. Pois bem, foi essa sensação que tive ao pisar nas duas vezes que estive em Nelson, uma cidade fantasma perto de Las Vegas.
Na cidade tem de tudo, casas “abandonadas”, carros, avião, caminhões, móveis, e tudo mais que puder imaginar. De quebra a cidade ainda conta um uma paisagem de tirar o fôlego.
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The plane from the 2001 crime film 3000 Miles to Graceland at Nelson, a ghost town 45 minutes from Vegas. 
One hundred years after the Spanish named the area El Dorado Canyon, miners and prospectors established Techatticup Mine here in the mid-1800’s. The town earned a dark reputation of lawlessness as locals fought over ownership, management, and labor of the mine. What’s left is the ghost town of Nelson, run by a family trying to preserve Nevada’s history.
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Despite its short existence (1863-66), a number of picturesque stone ruins can be found at the ghost town of Amador in Lander County.
Check out photos of Amador and 270 other Nevada ghost towns and historic sites @ (link in bio)!
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Big ol’ ghost town relics *and* a sagebrush saloon nearby? Belmont’s just the best. 🤠👻💯
Practically smack dab in the middle of the state, you’re gonna need more than a couple hours to enjoy everything Belmont’s got going on. There’s the aforementioned iconic ruins, and in stunning contrast, the majestically preserved Belmont Courthouse, plus a watering hole by the name of Dirty Dick’s Saloon. It’s the wild west adventure you didn’t know you needed, and trust that it’s gonna deliver in a big way. 🤘🏽
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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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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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