Amid wild open plains and rugged mountains, this town features fabulous surroundings and a rich history.
Stop in Ely beneath the towering mountains to visit fascinating museums and take a ride on a historic steam train. Take a break from the outdoor life of the nearby national park and relax in front of a movie at the beautiful old theater.
With a dramatic backdrop, this small city is well worth exploring. Head to the east end of town where the White Pine Public Museum reveals secrets of the local area and wider region. See the bell that once chimed in the nearby ghost town of Hamilton, marvel at the size of the bones of two giant bears and step into a cell from the jail that once stood here.
Head north to find the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. The depot marks a section of one of the country’s best-preserved historic railroads. Climb aboard the beautiful old train and enjoy a gentle ride along this track that has been being navigated since the start of the 20th century. Pass cowboys on the Wild West Limited train ride or look for ghosts and ghouls on the spooky Ghost Train.
After your ride, wander into the heart of town and catch a screening at the traditional 1930s theater. Built in elegant Art Deco style, this beautiful place is a great spot for an afternoon or evening. Buy popcorn from the old-fashioned snack bar and settle down to watch one of your favorite movies.
The city hosts several events throughout the year. Perhaps the most exciting is the Fire and Ice Show in January. Skilled artisans and residents come together to build spectacular ice sculptures with prizes awarded for the best efforts.
Ely is in eastern Nevada, an hour’s drive northwest of Great Basin National Park. Select from several motels and guesthouses in town and visit restaurants serving a range of American and European food.
Immerse yourself in years of history and make your way to the wilds of Great Basin National Park from Ely.