Ely Travel Guide

  • Ely's Historic Old Hotel and Casino
    Ely's Historic Old Hotel and Casino
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    Downtown Commercial Bldg, Ely, NV
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Ely Things to Do

  • Ghost Train of Old Ely and the Ghost...

    Train buffs young and old will love this historic train ride! See the historic train yard, mining sites, active brothels, and beautiful scenery along 2 of the most well-preserved shortlines in America. Get robbed, kidnapped, and entertained by the Ghost Riders during your train ride! The Ghost Riders are a group of local horsemen and women ages 10...

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  • County Building, City Park, and Homes

    The City Park is well shaded in Ely, NV, being adjacent to the Public Library, Middle School, and old domed county building. There are a few well-kept residences of note near downtown.

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  • Walk Around Downtown

    The several hundred mile plus distances traveled just to get to Ely merit at least a few minutes walk around the old downtown, which is only a few blocks long. There are a few substantial commercial buildings besides the Hotel Nevada worth viewing, as well as some local western antique shops. The considerable collection of history explaining murals...

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  • Nevada Northern Railroad Museum

    One place worth stopping in Ely is the Nevada Northern Railroad Museum. They have several nice indoor and outdoor displays along with some unique opportunities including: a Railroad Reality Week where you pay to work for a week on the railroad and you can even rent a locomotive and take it on a 14 mile trip. This museum has been voted one of the...

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  • White Pine County Courthouse

    Ely is the largest city in, and the county seat of, White Pine County. The county courthouse was built in 1908 using the Italianate Style of architecture. It has a couple of nice statues and a nicely landscaped area in front of it. It is situated on a hilltop near the business district.

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  • Garnet hunting on Garnet Hill

    My favorite thing for relaxing is hiking the hills. I also like to rock hunt. SO the best of both is to head to Garnet Hill and look for garnets. I have found it easier to drive half-way up the hill and at a large empty area, park my car. I then walk down the hillside and slowly make my way up the various water-courses or gullies, looking for black...

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  • Local Favorite

    This is a decent place to run into and chat with locals, while sipping a cup of coffee and eating a homestyle dinner. The food is quite reasonable in price, making is a much better deal than the corporate chain restaurants in town. I had the savory beef stew special that was freshly made, but I was too full to take advantage of their homemade pies....

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  • Good Food; Gamble While You Wait

    The Prospector is a combination hotel, casino and restaurant. Reportedly the rooms are very nice; but I cannot say firsthand I just ate dinner here and fed a few dollars worth of quarters into the slot machines. The casino was bright, noisy, and festive. The dining area was darker, quieter and relaxing, with a very comfortable booth. Just what I...

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Ely Transportation

  • It will take a long, long...

    It will take a long, long drive through the desert to get here, unless you take a plane. I noticed there were a lot of private aircraft at the little airport on the north side of town.The photo is the view towards Ely along Hwy 50 W, after crossing Connors Pass (elev. 7,723 ft.)By car (maybe also horses, preferably the Bashkir Curly).

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  • Coming from California or...

    Coming from California or western Nevada, travel on US Highway 50 -- the Loneliest Road in America. See Nevada as it really is, unchanged. Visit Fallon, Austin and Eureka on the way. Ely is served by small turbo prop planes from both Reno and Salt Lake City

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Ely Warnings and Dangers

  • by DrGirlfriend Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    When you get to Ely, don't be fooled by the fact it's in the middle of a desert. At night and in the early mornings (especially in fall-winter) it is bone chillingly cold. You will need a heavy jacket if you are planning to travel anytime after September. In the winter, it snows, so be prepared for that too.
    The average winter temperature is 24.8 degrees F.
    The average spring temperature is 41.8 degrees F.
    The average summer temperature is 67.1 degrees F.
    The average fall temperature is 45.1 degrees F.

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Ely What to Pack

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    by elyghostriders Written Nov 29, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring clothing that can be added/removed in layers. Always bring a sweater or jacket and long pants even in the summer months. The weather changes quickly and without notice here in the high desert! Tip to remember: If you don't like the weather here in Ely; just wait 5 minutes!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always bring sunscreen; summer or winter. Very high elevation causes rapid sunburn in the sun or snow.

    Photo Equipment: Cameras are a must! Exquisite photographic opportunities abound!

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  • A guidebook says that Ely is...

    A guidebook says that Ely is the world's capitol for a once almost extinct horse, the American Bashkir Curly. The Crow and Sioux both had Curly horses. A Native American depicted Curly horses in drawings he made at the 1876 battle of Little Bighorn. The hair is generally soft and is hypoallergenic. Most people allergic to horses are not allergic to...

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  • Explore the desert, just head...

    Explore the desert, just head out on a little dirt road and see what you can find. People haven't made that much of an impact in the surrounding countryside so it's still possible to find some really wild places. Sitting on the back porch of my brother's house on the edge of town, watching a mountain lion walking away into the sagebrush.

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  • Stop and have an expresso or...

    Stop and have an expresso or cappucino, ice cream, or taco at R Place Food Depot. This place was a joy to find, especially after the long, desolate drive on Hwy. 50 West from Delta, Utah.

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