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Free-Range Art Highway

One "Far Out" Trip from Las Vegas to Reno

Route Distance

440 to 515 miles

Suggested Time

1 to 3 days

Fear and Loathing hallucinations have nothing on the real-world wackiness along US-95, where psychedelic free-range art meets the American West. We’re talking kaleidoscopic boulder towers, a color-changing “forest” of junk cars, “post-Playa” Burning Man sculptures, and plenty of other amazingly odd art installations. The 500 or so miles from Las Vegas to Reno also carry you to several funky-flavored towns, home to intriguing murals, top-notch art galleries, and plenty of iconic places to stay—including one with the world’s largest private collection of… clowns. Hands-down, few routes put the trip in “road trip” like Nevada’s Free-Range Art Highway.

Highlights

  • Shop and art-hop around the Las Vegas Arts District, AKA “18b”
  • Get ghosted at Goldwell Open Air Museum and Rhyolite ghost town
  • Add some art to a vertical vehicle at the International Car Forest

“Far Out” on the Free-Range Art Highway

A Psychedelic, Open-Air Odyssey Across the Silver State

If awesome art, wide-open roads, and #WeirdNevada wonderment get your gears turning, then—for the love of odd!—this colorful road trip is the blank canvas for your next unusual adventure. Truckers may blast up the 500-mile stretch from Las Vegas to Reno, but with sights ranging from mural-draped districts and oddball open-air galleries to funky shops and historic “haunts” (like, literally), you’ll want to slow your roll and follow your curiosity on—and off—Nevada’s eccentric slice of US-95. On a route bookended by vibrant urban art oases, you’ll bounce from one camera-hogging art installation to the next, while quirked-out small towns entice you with great grub, unique retreats, and new stories.

COMMUNITIES ON THIS TRIP

Las Vegas, Beatty, Goldfield, Tonopah, Hawthorne, Yerington, Fallon, Reno

Glovebox Essentials

Prepare for Your Adventure

Get ready to come chase some horizons with this handy tool kit. Here, you’ll find all the Free-Range Art Highway road trip essentials, including downloadable directions, maps, and podcasts, and tunes to complement your upcoming adventure.

Free-Range Art Highway Playlist

Love Nest: Airstream Adventure on Nevada’s Free-Range Art Highway

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Let’s Get “Far Out”

The Free-Range Art Highway: It’s a Trip

The stretch of open road from Las Vegas to Reno is about as far out as it gets—in more ways than one. From kaleidoscopic boulder towers and a psychedelic “forest” of junk cars to a ghost town sculpture garden and a haunted, clown-themed motel, the Free-Range Art Highway abounds with oddball attractions. Ready to put the “trip” road trip? Read on.

Leg 1

From Neon Alleys to Ghost Town Galleries

Start off exploring the vibrant Las Vegas Arts District. Then swing by Seven Magic Mountains en route to Beatty where Goldwell Open Air Museum’s avant-garde sculptures await.

Leg 2

Art Cars, Old Haunts, and Way Too Many Clowns

Ogle offbeat auto art at Goldfield’s International Car Forest. In Tonopah, grab BBQ and beers before chasing ghosts at two old haunts: The Mizpah Hotel and the Clown Motel.

Leg 3

Bound for Reno’s Biggest Little Arts Scene

Spot bighorn sheep around Walker Lake, scope out a totally “bomb” museum, and peruse literally “old school” art galleries en route to hip, public art-obsessed Reno.

beatty to las vegas

Leg 1

Las Vegas to Beatty

180 miles

Kick off your art-tastic adventure in Downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont East District, where several hip, walkable blocks buzz with restored vintage neon signs, Googie fonts, and out-of-this-world art. Then hit the Las Vegas Arts District, AKA 18b, to scope out Graffiti Art Gallery Alley, funky Antique Alley, art galleries, chic cafés, and more. Make the requisite photo-op stop at Seven Magic Mountains before blasting to Beatty, where Goldwell Open Air Museum’s wild sculptures mystify and the town’s warm hospitality satisfies.

Give yourself some space at the funky, retro, alien-friendly Atomic Inn; hit up the pool at the Death Valley Inn & RV Park; or keep things classically cozy at the Exchange Club and Motel 6.

Death Valley Inn and RV Park

Death Valley Inn and RV Park

Beatty

Exchange Club Motel

Exchange Club Motel

Beatty

Stagecoach Hotel & Casino

Stagecoach Hotel & Casino

Beatty

Motel 6 – Beatty & Death Valley

Motel 6 – Beatty & Death Valley

Beatty

Atomic Inn

Atomic Inn

Beatty

Shady Lady Bed & Breakfast

Shady Lady Bed & Breakfast

Beatty

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If it’s art you’re after, Downtown Las Vegas is where it’s at, especially along the several walkable blocks of the Fremont East and the 18-block Las Vegas Arts District. Then it’s off to Beatty to get weird in the desert.

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

North Las Vegas

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

Las Vegas

Area 15

Area 15

Las Vegas

Ice Age Fossils State Park

Ice Age Fossils State Park

North Las Vegas

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Las Vegas

Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic Mountains

Las Vegas

Goldwell Open Air Museum

Goldwell Open Air Museum

Beatty

Downtown Container Park

Downtown Container Park

Las Vegas

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum

Las Vegas

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Beatty

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It’s hard not to find a great café in Las Vegas’ Fremont East District and 18b. But when you get to Beatty, you can’t beat Happy Burro Chili & Beer, a rustic old saloon serving up, well, homemade chili and ice-cold beer.

Gema’s Café

Gema’s Café

Beatty

Area 51 Alien Travel Center & Brothel

Area 51 Alien Travel Center & Brothel

Amargosa Valley

Sourdough Saloon

Sourdough Saloon

Beatty

Smokin’ J’s Barbecue

Smokin’ J’s Barbecue

Beatty

Happy Burro Chili & Beer

Happy Burro Chili & Beer

Beatty

Death Valley Nut & Candy Co.

Death Valley Nut & Candy Co.

Beatty

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For 3 days, Beatty fills up for town-wide revelry powered by chili and unusual competitions. Our faves? Bed Races, Root Beer Belching, and the Pickle Liquor Hoot-N-Holler (drink pickle juice and hot sauce… then yell).

Electric Daisy Carnival

Electric Daisy Carnival

RiSE Lantern Festival

RiSE Lantern Festival

Life is Beautiful Festival

Life is Beautiful Festival

Beatty Days Festival

Beatty Days Festival

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Leg 2

Beatty to Tonopah via Goldfield

95 miles

Cruise on to Goldfield, home of the International Car Forest, a junkyard of painted (and planted) vehicles, AKA sculpture-ized canvases for visiting artists. In town, relish Rocket Bob’s automotive mosaics, as well as haunted historic buildings and sagebrush saloons. Follow your nose to Tonopah Brewing Co. for house-smoked everything and sleep it off at the period-chic Mizpah Hotel or the exactly-what-it-sounds-like Clown Motel. Come nightfall, fight that food coma, step outside, and gaze upward; the skies here are literally stellar.

Bed down at the freshly-restored Belvada Hotel—built in 1906, reopened in 2020. Lux it up at The Mizpah Hotel (still swanky after all 110+ years). Or embrace your inner oddball at the clown-themed motel next to the graveyard.

The Mizpah Hotel

The Mizpah Hotel

Tonopah

Santa Fe Motel & Saloon

Santa Fe Motel & Saloon

Goldfield

Diamondfield Gulch

Diamondfield Gulch

Goldfield

Jim Butler Inn & Suites

Jim Butler Inn & Suites

Tonopah

Goldfield Stop Inn

Goldfield Stop Inn

Goldfield

Hard Luck Castle & Mine

Hard Luck Castle & Mine

Goldfield

Tonopah Station Hotel and RV Park

Tonopah Station Hotel and RV Park

Tonopah

Best Western Hi-Desert Inn – Tonopah

Best Western Hi-Desert Inn – Tonopah

Tonopah

Belvada Hotel

Belvada Hotel

Tonopah

The Clown Motel

The Clown Motel

Tonopah

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Ogle art on automobile mediums at the International Car Forest and Rocket Bob’s Art Cars, hunt for haunted history around Goldfield’s boomtown-era buildings, then trace constellations at the Tonopah Stargazing Park.

Central Nevada Museum

Central Nevada Museum

Tonopah

Enigmata Esoterica

Enigmata Esoterica

Goldfield

Goldfield Hotel

Goldfield Hotel

Goldfield

Goldfield Historic Cemetery

Goldfield Historic Cemetery

Goldfield

Goldfield Visitor’s Center

Goldfield Visitor’s Center

Goldfield

Tonopah Historic Mining Park

Tonopah Historic Mining Park

Tonopah

International Car Forest of the Last Church

International Car Forest of the Last Church

Goldfield

Rocket Bob’s Art Cars

Rocket Bob’s Art Cars

Goldfield

Gemfield

Gemfield

Nearest Goldfield

Tonopah Stargazing Park

Tonopah Stargazing Park

Tonopah

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Match wits with the “meanest bartender in Nevada” at the Santa Fe Saloon, raise a glass to the Earp bros at the Mozart Tavern, or pair a Stinkeye Porter with house-smoked brisket at Tonopah Brewing Company.

Tonopah Brewing Company

Tonopah Brewing Company

Tonopah

The Dinky Diner

The Dinky Diner

Goldfield

Santa Fe Motel & Saloon

Santa Fe Motel & Saloon

Goldfield

Hometown Pizza

Hometown Pizza

Tonopah

El Marques Mexican Restaurant

El Marques Mexican Restaurant

Tonopah

Mozart Tavern

Mozart Tavern

Goldfield

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Get behind boomtown history with gunfights and lying contests at Goldfield Days, or arm wrestling and mining competitions at Jim Butler Days. Or buddy up with an astro pro for some serious celestial celebrations.

Tonopah Star Parties

Tonopah Star Parties

Astrophotography Weekend in Tonopah

Astrophotography Weekend in Tonopah

Jim Butler Days & Nevada State Mining Championships

Jim Butler Days & Nevada State Mining Championships

Tonopah Ghost Walk – Cancelled

Tonopah Ghost Walk – Cancelled

Goldfield Days Celebration & Land Auction

Goldfield Days Celebration & Land Auction

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Leg 3

Tonopah to Reno

240 miles

Gear up for galleries, offbeat attractions, and epic eats on the home-stretch to hip and happenin’ Reno. Look out for vintage neon and bighorn sheep en route to the free Hawthorne Ordnance Museum to examine explosive artifacts. Beyond picturesque Walker Lake lies Fallon, home to the artistic oasis of Oats Park Art Center. Then roll to Reno, the funkiest town in the West, where public art, fancy food, swanky bars, bohemian shops, and “burner” vibes abound.

For vintage-meets-modern vibes, check into Kramer’s Midtown boutique motel, or one of six beautifully restored rooms at 1907-built The Jesse Hotel & Bar. For 24-hour action, Reno’s casino-resorts deliver in spades.

Travelodge Hawthorne

Travelodge Hawthorne

Hawthorne

Kramer’s Midtown

Kramer’s Midtown

Reno

THE ROW Reno

THE ROW Reno

Reno

Atlantis Reno Casino Resort Spa

Atlantis Reno Casino Resort Spa

Reno

Peppermill Reno Resort Spa Casino

Peppermill Reno Resort Spa Casino

Reno

The Jesse Hotel & Bar

The Jesse Hotel & Bar

Reno

Whitney Peak Hotel

Whitney Peak Hotel

Reno

Hawthorne’s Best Inn

Hawthorne’s Best Inn

Hawthorne

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel

Reno

Motel 6 – Hawthorne

Motel 6 – Hawthorne

Hawthorne

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Go gaga over more great galleries at Yerington Theater for the ARTS, Fallon’s Oats Park Art Center, and in Reno at the Nevada Historical Society and the nationally accredited Nevada Museum of Art.

Brüka Theatre

Brüka Theatre

Reno

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

Hawthorne

Downtown Reno Riverwalk

Downtown Reno Riverwalk

Reno

Walker Lake Recreation Area

Walker Lake Recreation Area

Hawthorne

Reno Neon Line District

Reno Neon Line District

Reno

Candelaria Ghost Town

Candelaria Ghost Town

Hawthorne

Bighorn Crossing at Walker Lake

Bighorn Crossing at Walker Lake

Walker Lake

Reno Playa Art Trail

Reno Playa Art Trail

Reno

Midtown Reno

Midtown Reno

Reno

Oats Park Art Center

Oats Park Art Center

Fallon

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At the end of a badass road trip, it’s hard to beat Nevada for celebratory burgers, brews, and Basque family feasts. Luckily, Reno delivers hefty portions of all of those, plus some great made-here wine, spirits, and more.

Noble Pie Parlor

Noble Pie Parlor

Reno

The Eddy Reno

The Eddy Reno

Reno

Reno Brewery District

Reno Brewery District

Reno

Louis’ Basque Corner

Louis’ Basque Corner

Reno

Great Basin Brewing Co. – Reno & Sparks

Great Basin Brewing Co. – Reno & Sparks

Sparks

Chapel Tavern

Chapel Tavern

Reno

Beefy’s

Beefy’s

Reno

Butchers Kitchen Char-B-Que

Butchers Kitchen Char-B-Que

Reno

The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery

The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery

Reno

Basin & Range Cellars

Basin & Range Cellars

Reno

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Reno loves art and wants you to know it. Especially in July, when Artown holds about 500 music, theater, dance, and visual art events. And in October when Off Beat Music Festival takes over Midtown with 100+ live bands.

Reno National Championship Air Races

Reno National Championship Air Races

Reno River Festival

Reno River Festival

OffBeat Music Festival

OffBeat Music Festival

Reno Rodeo

Reno Rodeo

Reno is Artown

Reno is Artown

Great Reno Balloon Race

Great Reno Balloon Race

Reno Santa Pub Crawl

Reno Santa Pub Crawl

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Vulnerability. 
The former Rhyolite Railroad Station, which served the Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroads, is one of the only *complete* buildings in Rhyolite. At one time, three railroad companies went thru Rhyolite. The train depot saw its last passengers in 1914, hardly 10 years after the town was founded. The building sat for the next 2 decades until it was turned into a casino & bar called the Rhyolite Ghost Casino. It then saw life as a museum and souvenir shop that operated until the 1970’s. Today, it stands guarded with fences & cameras. 
Rhyolite Railroad Station. Rhyolite, NV. December 8, 2018. Nikon D600 full spectrum conversion by Life Pixel Infrared, 16-35mm  f8, ISO 500  1/2000. Post processed in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. Lomography Redscale 100 film render by DxO Filmpack.
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Hello Reno! carrasykes and I are on our first road trip with baby Walt! I'm so excited to have partnered with travelnevada again to explore the free range art highway! Follow us along this psychedelic, open-air odyssey across the Silver State where we will encounter awesome art, wide-open roads, and everything in between. 

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Have you visited the sand dunes just north of town? It’s a nice view of solarreserve Crescent Dunes project - which powers 75,000 homes during its peak!
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9/10 if you’re headed to Vegas, it’s not to look at art amirite? But, that’s exactly why you need to add this to your list of things to see. Do something different and hit up the artsdistrictlv! #ad
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🎨 The Arts District, aka 18b, isn’t hard to locate - you can find it just south of downtown #Vegas. It’s a colorful cultural hub jam packed with indie art galleries and performance spaces in converted warehouses. The art is dope and *cough* totally Instagrammable 😉
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🔷🔷🔷When you venture away from the popular part of Fremont Street and walk in the opposite direction things get very colorful, strange and overall pretty amazing lol. A mural or random piece of art EVERYWHERE you look. The abandoned hotels/motels were very interesting and slightly creepy. I need to research more about them and how the area used to be. Container park is a cool place to relax. Stores, restaurants, concerts, activities for kids! Lyft also has an art park too which is small but worth a walk through!🔷🔷🔷 #mural #visitlasvegas #lasvegasstrip #lasvegas #vegasart #sincity #nevada #love #fremontstreet #travelblogger #explore #travel #vegasbaby #photooftheday #travelnevada #vivalasvegas
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