Ever since I heard of Rhyolite Nevada I knew I had to visit it. The problem is, is that it is a bit of a haul to get there. It is about a 2 hour drive from Vegas and quite a ways from just about everything else. Since I was driving from Reno to Laughlin along I-95, I made it a point to pay a visit to this historical town.
It is about 5 miles west of Beatty Nevada and super easy to find. Just take Route 374 out of town and look for the signs for Rhyolite. From the entrance, it is about a mile or two to the actual ghost town. There was no cost associated with visiting.
Rhyolite was started in 1905 and pretty much had a boom to bust history. It grew up quick and had a host of colorful characters and a lot of wealth was generated there. However, by 1911, it had clearly reached its peak and people soon left as the minerals they were mining were exhausted.
What is left of the town are the shells of some of the houses and buildings. Also you can check out some of the mines that dot the hills.
I think there was a group tour going on, but I just parked the car and did some exploring. Be mindful of rattlesnakes. I didn't see any but Rhyolite is definitely snake country.
Also, there are some statues depicting the last supper of Christ. Also a house made of glass bottles exists. Sort of weird seeing these items here but they added a certain charm to the town.
I spent about an hour exploring. It looks like you can do a fair amount here. Clearly, though, you'll want to visit this place outside of the hottest parts of the day in the summer. I visited in February and it was quite comfortable.
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