We didn't get to enjoy the museum because we got here too late. Yet, if your heading this way, please stop. These wonderful gems are a huge source of information of the local history. The web site you can see lots of wonderful exhibits of the local area.Open: Daily 10:00 AM until 3:00 PMClosed: Most HolidaysMuseum AdmissionAdmission to the Beatty...more
Four separate American Indian cultures have existed in Death Valley. The Nevares Spring People, a group of primitive hunters and seed gatherers about 9000 years ago when lakes still existed in the basin then, the climate was mild and games was plentiful. Four thousand years later the culturally similar Mesquite Flat People replaced the original...more
Began in 1984 when Belgian scultor Albert Szukalski created The Last Supper using live models to sculpt in actual size, wrapped them in fabric soaked in wet plaster until the plaster was almost set, then they could slip out. It was originally placed up by the train depot, but was moved to its present day location. Since then, additional artist have...more
Located within the Bullfrog and Montgomery Mountain range, Rhyolite like Bullfrog sprung up from the discovery of gold and quartz. The Montgomery Shoshone Mine was vast becoming the most promising. By 1905 there were numerous saloons, lodges, restaurants, bargers, gambling houses, and weekly newspaper. In 1906 Charles Schwab bought the mine from...more
Beatty is essentially right next to the ghost town of Rhyolite, a once flourishing mining town that grew rapidly with the Montgomery Shoshone Mine between 1905 and 1907. By 1908, it had about 5,000 people or so, electricity, a stock exchange, banks, and many substantial buildings. Economic and mining problems led to the town's rapid demis and it...more
There's a ton to do in Death Valley, and because the park is so vast, you'll need to spend a lot of time driving from point to point. It's so big, that you almost for sure need to spend two days just to get the whirlwind tour. Beatty is a great location, because it's along a road that basically splits the park to the northern/western sites and the...more
We did not stay here, but the building caught my attention because of the history it holds. It is...more
Highway 95, Beatty, Nevada, 89003, United States
Good for: Solo
This is a fairly new, modern Motel 6. It was very clean and looked good but had few extras. They did...more
You all are probably thinking, "Good grief she took her family to a saloon...LOL!" We'll it was late and my youngest was hungry much less the bigger kid. So on Beatty web site they said they had a family friendly dinning area in the back. So why not! Well, it was not fancy, but clean and smoke free in the back. They had a wide screen in the back to...more
Rita's is the restaurant in the Stagecoach casino. While this isn't a Vegas restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, there are some good deals to be had. In the evening, I had the Prime Rib special - salad, potato, green beans and Prime Rib for $13. The food was all quite good, and I didn't leave hungry. For breakfast, I had a 3 egg omlette...more
This is a small store in a trailer that sells a wide array of jerky, mostly good, plus some nuts, honey, dried fruits, etc. Some of it is made locally, some not, but overall it is a nice stop when driving through this largely desolate region which has few stops of any sort. It's just on the edge of town.
What to buy: Jerky, nuts, honey, dried fruit. They have venison and buffalo jerky, amongst others. Same are very salty, some sweet, some spicy, some gamey.
I am a big fan of wild animals, but when they roam in unprotected areas in herds they become an immediate Danger to THEM and US. We saw lots of mini herds of Burro's. Many of them were grazing too near the road. At one point coming from Trona, too many tourist were stopped along the road which is fine, but the huge Danger was they had not pulled...more
Does't look too dangerous? It's not legal to take photos in a casino in Nevada apparently (doesn't seem to aply in Vegas!) The staff almost took the film out of the camera, but some grovelling apologies saved the day! Why no photos? well, firstly the croupier may become dazzled by the flash and second someone may make copies of the chips. Fair...more
59 Reviews and Opinions
Rhiolite sits out on the edge of Death Valley just a little drive East of Beatty.
I don't remember how we came to learn of it, but I'm glad we did.
It was how I imagined a ghost town to be. Virtually gone save for a few tumble down buildings and a few intact ones that show you the layout of the place as it used to be when it was alive.
It has dusty worn tracks between the buildings and you do feel the place as you walk around. It's not big. In fact you can walk around the whole area in less than an hour.
Having said that, it does have some nice little touches, like the guy and his wife who live there and look after the place. Very nice folk who can give you lots of history of the place and its buildings.
The old jail is still standing, but the best part is the house of 'bottles'. A complete structure made totally from bottles. (see picture). It's fully furnished as it was when the guy who built it lived there. Definately worth a look.
There is also some strange and spooky sculpture at the site worth a look as long as you are able to sleep at night! (see picture)
Rhiolite, as I said earlier, sits on the edge of Death Valley, near the National Park entrance, 'Hells Gate', so you can visit the ghost town then head straight down into the valley and take in Furnace Junction and Scotty's Castle. (opposite directions)
Make sure you fuel up and take plenty of water and supplies! Happy motoring.
Favorite thing: Ghosttowns come in two versions. The ones that are realy deserted and where buildings are falling apart to ruins. These genuine ghosttowns are not to be mixed which the tourist attractions called ghosttowns. Here (sometimes indeed in a deserted town) are shows that bring you back to the wild west times. Make sure which is which, before you get into a disappointment.