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Uncommon Overnighters

Wanted: Sense of Adventure

It’s no secret that Nevada speaks with its world-renowned white-glove hospitality at lavish resort-casinos and cozy roadside hotels sure to satisfy the road-less-traveled lover in all of us. But here’s the thing: in Nevada, our perks are our quirks. If, instead, you’re looking for a vacation that’s irresistibly different, Nevada’s array of unique retreats and unusual accommodations have got you covered. Intrigued? We’re going to get along great.

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  • Haunted Hotels and Ghost Town Cottages
  • Alien, Clown, and Other Oddly Themed Overnighters
  • Yurts, Castles, Off-Grid Cabins, and Beyond

From historic mining cabins to backcountry yurts, haunted hotels and beyond, places to stay around here are far from average. Bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to overnight it in memory-maker mode.

Anything But Average

From clown-covered motel lobbies and hot spring-adjacent backcountry cabins to a whole lineup of haunted hotels and off-grid guest ranch retreats, places to stay in the Silver State are far from average. Bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to overnight it in memory-maker mode.

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Haunted Hotels

Home to some of the most famous boomtowns in the West, rest assured that stories of the Wild West come alive at haunted hotels in Nevada’s living ghost towns. The baddest of the bad, Pioche’s gunslinging scene blew Dodge City and Tombstone’s out of the water. With more than 70 people laid to rest in one year’s time before a single person died of natural causes, the streets of Pioche ran red. Today, Pioche is known as Nevada’s “liveliest ghost town,” and ghosts there are aplenty. The Overland Hotel & Saloon is said to be such a paranormal magnet that the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures has filmed many episodes here, surrounding shadowy figures in rooms 8, 10 and 15. 

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Gold Hill Hotel

Open since 1861, Gold Hill Hotel is Nevada’s oldest—and maybe eeriest hotel. Just down the street from Virginia City, rooms 4 and 5 are said to have resident spirits. Room 5 is said to be haunted by William—many visitors have reported the scent of his tobacco—and room 4 hosts an entity named Rosie, Gold Hill’s lady of the night, who loves to trick guests by misplacing personal items and even filling the room with a rose scent. The whole town of Virginia City is one of Nevada’s most haunted places, with a resident spirit at just about every place in town. Ghost hunt for restless spirits at the Mackay Mansion—Johnny Depp once saw a ghost during his stay here—the Silver Queen Hotel, or the historic-hospital-turned-art-gallery St. Mary’s Art Center.

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The Mizpah Hotel

Ghostly figures are said to walk the hallways of Eureka’s Jackson House Hotel and Carson City’s St. Charles Hotel, while the Goldfield Hotel is said to be one of the most haunted places in America—enough that some paranormal investigators even claim it’s a portal to the underworld. The Goldfield Hotel is no longer open for overnight stays or ghost tours, but you can get a taste of the era’s opulence just up the street at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah. Home to resident ghost The Lady in Red—the most famous spirit of the Silver State—several children who play tricks on third floor guests, and a couple of miner spirits in the basement, the Mizpah is sure to send you home with a ghost story or two.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

The Lady in Red—Tonopah’s resident lady of the night—lived in a luxury suite on the fifth floor of the Mizpah Hotel. Murdered by a jealous lover in the hallway just outside her door, she’s Nevada’s most famous spirit. Stay in room 502 and see if she pays you a visit—you’ll know she did if you find a pearl on your pillow.

Themed Hotels in the Silver State

Picture overnighting at a clown-covered hotel next to a haunted historic cemetery. Yep, in Nevada, that’s how we do themed hotels. As you bucket-list your way around the Silver State, make sure staying at Tonopah’s Clown Motel is on the list. Beckoning folks from all over the country, the Clown Motel lobby hosts what’s got to be the largest private collection of clown figurines—we’re talking hundreds and hundreds—a theme which carries throughout each room, too.

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The Clown Motel
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Paradise Ranch Castle

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Stay as close as you legally can to the mysterious Area 51 at the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, or head for Beatty’s Atomic Inn on the outskirts of Death Valley National Park. UFO-gazing in these parts of Nevada is unbeatable, and if that doesn’t turn you into enough of a believer, get your hands on alien-themed swag and pose next to alien murals and signs for out-of-this-world selfie opps.

How about a castle in the desert? Dial in those R&R vibes, one turret at a time, at Paradise Ranch Castle, serving up 360 views of the spectacular Reese River Valley and towering Toiyabe Range above, not far from the original Pony Express Route outside Austin. Plan to find ornately decorated rooms, massive collections of dolls and baseball memorabilia, and the requisite full suits of armor and swords. In the basement, you’ll find “The Dungeon”—a game room, lounge and full bar.

Off-The-Grid Overnighters

One of Nevada’s best kept secrets is the Ruby Mountains range, about 30 minutes south of Elko in northeastern Nevada. This crowdless, rugged wilderness promises an endless lineup of summer and winter sports, and boasts the oldest family-run heli-ski outfit in the country. Book a skiing trip with Ruby Mountains Heli Experience, which means spending the night in the palatial, newly built 360 Lodge, or book one of their glamp-tastic backcountry yurts any time of year—skiier or not. Snag your spot at the high yurt—perched at 10,000 feet elevation—or doze off to the babbling Conrad Creek low yurt for a whole new way to get to know the Rubies.

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Soldier Meadows BLM Cabin & Campground

With more ghost towns and mining ruins than any other state—it’s great to explore a Nevada ghost town by day, and even cooler if you can overnight it in one. After exploring the lovingly preserved remains at Gold Point Ghost Town—a near halfway point between Reno and Las Vegas along the Free-Range Art Highway—check into the Gold Point Bed & Breakfast, where guest rooms occupy original miners cabins, and kick back in a Sagebrush Saloon that looks straight out of a movie set.

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Cottonwood Ranch
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Ruby Yurt

The Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains first come, first served cabins all over Nevada—some in far away ghost towns, and others near natural hot springs. Rock up to one near Silver Peak & Nivloc Ghost Towns, some around the Black Rock Desert, and cross your fingers to score the Soldier Meadows BLM Cabin. There’s nothing better than posting up for the night in a free, off-grid cabin where it’s just you, your campmates, maybe a resident band of wild burros who calls the area home, and a woodfired stove near a flowing river of natural hot springs

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Gold Point Ghost Town Bed & Breakfast

Settle into Nevada’s Western heritage at a handful of guest ranches that honor the lifestyle and icons of the American West. There aren’t many out there that involve rounding up cows and helping with ranch work, but instead bring you face-to-face with 150 year old ranching operations and the cowboys who wrangle it all. Kick back at the Old Yella Dog Ranch, hear stories from true stewards of the land at the Cottonwood Ranch, and celebrate the majesty of adopted wild horses at the Mustang Monument.

Say Goodnight to Normal with These Unique Retreats

Settle Into Unique Places to Stay

If you’re looking for a vacation that’s irresistibly different and brims with unique accommodations, you’re in the right place. Nevada has always been known for its world-renowned white-glove hospitality at world-class hotels, casino-resorts, and more. And don’t get us wrong; we love it all. But if you’re after something a little different, enjoy your time at a swanky property, but then get out there, take a few roads less traveled, and you’ll soon discover: our quirks are our perks. 

From famously haunted hotels to clown-covered motels, off-grid guest ranch retreats to hot spring haven backcountry cabins places to stay in the Silver State are far from average. Bring your sense of adventure, shift into memory-maker mode, and get ready for the kind of overnight experiences that can only happen here. 


Seriously—If part of your trip includes staying at a clown-themed hotel or a castle in the desert, it needs to be documented. Bring us along for the ride and tag #TravelNevada. If we love it, look for it here and maybe even in next year’s Official State Visitors Guide.

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In honor of World UFO Day 🛸 
Flashback to last summer’s incredible Roadtrip to Rachel, Nevada: The UFO Capital of the world, population 50!  In the middle of nowhere and the closest town to Area 51 👽
The truth is out there!
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Gold Point once bragged 125 dwellings, a post office, a bakery, hotels, cafes, a store and numerous saloons. Now ... one saloon and a bed-and-breakfast remain. The existing saloon and history-rich preserved buildings make this 👻 town worth a visit. #nst #nevadasilvertrails #travelnevada #explore #discovernevada
Good morning from The Shady Lady Ranch in the middle of nowhere, Nevada. This brothel, turned bed and breakfast, is literally floating in a sea of sagebrush.  This is my view from the pet friendly
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• Do you have Coulrophobia? *Irrational fear of clowns
• I visited the World Famous The Clown Motel. It has been in Tonopah, NV for over 35 years. 🤡
• There are over 600 clowns on the property. Siblings, Leona and LeRoy David built the motel. Their dad was killed in the 1911 Belmont Mine Fire and is buried in the cemetery right next to the motel. 🤡
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#FlashbackFriday: The #SpiritOfTravel takes us to a place known for its wandering spirits: mizpahhotel in tonopahnevada, voted the #1 most Haunted Hotel in the U.S. two years in a row! 👻👻 #NTTW20 (📷: Mizpah Hotel)
Stop #8 on our Virtual Road Trip is the Mackay Mansion in Virginia City, Nevada! Get a feel for an Old West mining town at one of the only original structures to survive an 1875 fire. Ever wonder here the Hearst family got their money? Click the link in bio to learn more and follow us as we map the connections to our next stop. Let’s go! 🚘
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At Nevada Northern Railway Museum, you'll have the opportunity to stay overnight in a real caboose. Caboose #22 may not offer any traditional amenities, but it'll be an experience you won't soon forget.

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