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06-21-2012, 10:37 AM
I may visit Las Vegas in August. Was looking on the site at the ghost towns nearby. Which are worth a visit and which should I pass on? Anything within 100 miles of LV. I'll be in a 2wd vehicle.

06-21-2012, 10:39 PM
Heya Ghostdancer,
I haven't been out that way, unfortunately. I'd love to hear the answer as well.

06-21-2012, 11:33 PM
There are a couple places but they might be just a little further than you're willing to drive. I went to Rhyolite a few weeks ago and then went up to Goldfield. Rhyolite is interesting but most of the buildings are all fenced off. That ruins the fun of it all. This happened because of people thinking it was ok to vandalize the place. Still interesting nonetheless I only spent about 35-40 minutes there before heading up to Goldfield. Goldfield is still inhabited, but there's a bit more to take pictures of. This picture is one of the sculptures at Rhyolite. Of everything out there, this is my favorite:7584I took a LOT of pictures at both places and made a couple stops along the way. Driving through the desert may seem boring, but it's quite scenic. I need to spend some quality time on this site and upload pictures of places I've been. I've been out to a couple spots in New Mexico as well. Mongollan I believe was the name of the last place I went out there a few months ago. I'm going to build a new website soon as well as create a facebook page to link to so I can share all these pictures. Believe me, I'm not pompous about my photography, but it's really hard to see in a lot of the shots I see online just how cool some of these places are. I like to capture them in a different light. My next two adventures are going to be Nelson and Chloride. I've heard Nelson is pretty interesting. Chloride (Arizona) doesn't look like that much to see from everything I've researched, but I still want to go. I believe Nelson might be one of your best bets. You will have to call ahead to go take pictures if that's what you plan to do. There's also St Thomas I believe, but I don't know if you'd want to make the drive, as I've read that there isn't much but some building foundations left.Also, there's Delamar. I'm heading up to Caliente tomorrow, and I'm seriously considering stopping at Delamar on the way back, possibly around dusk to get some shots. I went up last year and only saw the first part. I didn't realize there was more. Now that I've got an FJ Cruiser, some of these places will be a little more accessible. Delamar has a little more standing than other places I've read about. I'm actually looking around right now for other spots to hit up.How long do you plan on being in Vegas for?

06-22-2012, 06:30 AM
Maybe 3 days. Area 51 - Aren't there some related attractions along the highway?

bad bob
06-22-2012, 12:37 PM
Maybe 3 days. Area 51 - Aren't there some related attractions along the highway?

Approaching the lake (Groom) is carefully watched, and if you get too close, you (or yer vehicle) may get LEAD poisoning. :eek:

Don't know if ya already read these, but if you scroll down, there are some related threads from 2010 and back. Also if you search by county,
Clark & Nye showed some (apprx) 250+ sites, enough to keep ya busy for months. Click the sectors in Nye to see what I mean. Then click on the names with blue dots to bring up the details.

06-24-2012, 09:15 AM
If you take the Great Basin Highway out toward Caliente, there are some interesting places to stop. I just got back from Caliente yesterday. There are a bunch of places along the way that you can see from the road, and there are of course hidden spots. Delamar is out that way and is probably one of the better dead ghost towns to visit. I say dead because places like Goldfield are still inhabited. Area 51 is along the way, sort of. It's a turn off the highway and is actually a bit of a drive. You can stop at the "black" mailbox and head up toward the gate. If you go past the clearly labeled signs, you'll receive a fine. It's cool to take pictures up to that point, and you'll probably see some security people out there watching. I went up that way once in 2004 and that was enough for me. Not really anything spectacular. I was so beat to **** yesterday I didn't really make any stops on the way back home, but there are some places I want to go back out and see that aren't ghost town related. There are a few interesting bodies of water out there and a couple towns (very small). I love old cemeteries, old buildings, etc... I think the next road trip I take, I may head out to Ely. It looks like an interesting looking spot but it's a bit of a drive.

06-30-2012, 01:57 PM
Like Bob mentioned, there's been a lot brought up about the area before that can be easily accessed. Delemar or Rhyolite are going to be the 2 closest ghost towns that are worth a trip and can be done in a long day. Nelson and the Techatticup mine tour are worth a visit, but it's like Chloride, AZ which is semi inhabited. There's also Oatman, which is a tourist trap but worth the trip at least once in my opinion. Goodsprings, another semi inhabited town, offers some interest as well and some nearby mines to check out.

Unfortunately too much of the good stuff has been razed or destroyed by vandals. There is still some neat stuff to check out though, bu tit usually requires a 4x4 and someone willing to "show" it to you :rolleyes:


06-30-2012, 02:36 PM
I recommend:

Bonnie Claire, NV - http://deathvalleyjim.com/2011/11/08/bonnie-claire-thorp-nv-1152011/

Goldfield, NV - http://deathvalleyjim.com/2011/11/13/goldfield-nv-11511/

They're both probably a little over 100 miles, but not by much. Goldfield is a must see.