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Ely, NV
Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels in Ely

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ely
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ely
2.5 out of 5
1591 Great Basin Blvd, Ely, NV
The price is $93 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Copper Queen Casino, County Museum, and White Pine Public Museum. Nevada Northern National ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean, nice hot tub, free pet. Enjoyed it, thanks."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ely
Prospector Hotel and Casino
Prospector Hotel and Casino
3.5 out of 5
1501 East Aultman Street, Ely, NV
The price is $87 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated in Ely, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, Nevada Northern National Railway Museum, and Copper Queen Casino. County ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"Great one stop shop in Ely. Gambling, bar, gym, pool and restaurant all in one hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Prospector Hotel and Casino
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ely
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ely
2.5 out of 5
1505 East Aultman Street, Ely, NV
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $108 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in Ely, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of East Ely Railroad Depot Museum and Nevada Northern National Railway Museum. Copper Queen Casino and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (231 reviews)

"Clean, very new and modern. 24 hr coffee, free breakfast (not just cereal), and very friendly staff. Easy access, reasonable rates, and best in the Ely area. Will definitely return."…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ely
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ely

New! Rustic Mcgill Home W/grill: Small Town Charm!
New! Rustic Mcgill Home W/grill: Small Town Charm!
Ely, NV

Situated in Ely, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, Nevada Northern National Railway Museum, and Copper Queen Casino. ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Unique Setting for the Dark Sky Experience

"We loved this cozy little house in remote Nevada. The house is full of Western, hunting, and fishing oriented decorations. Super clean and fastidious attention to COVID-19 health and safety protocol, including wrapping of all the dishes. It's about an hour and a half to Great Basin National Park ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

New! Rustic Mcgill Home W/grill: Small Town Charm!
Vintage remodeled fun place
Vintage remodeled fun place
Baker, NV

Situated in the mountains, this campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Great Basin National Park, Great Basin National Park Visitor Center, and Lehman Caves. Mount ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Peaceful serenity in Rural Nevada

"If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful place to get away from it all, this is it. A vintage trailer, clean and well kept, set on property overlooking vast flatlands with mountains in the distance, offering a beautiful sunrise and sunset along with some of the best star gazing in the country. Dusk ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

Vintage remodeled fun place
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Ely

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3 - Okay 26.585365853658537%
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4/5 - Good

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Apr 16, 2020

Scenic little town!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 25, 2020

Not a whole lot to the town of Ely...but it serves as a great stopping point at the Rustic Inn Motel

4/5 - Good

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Mar 25, 2020

Everyone we have come in contact with in Ely has always been friendly and welcoming. Thanks people!

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 17, 2020

Great town - we felt safe & the hospitality was wonderful!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 12, 2020

Ely is a nice little town.. always enjoy going through Ely on my way down south..

4/5 - Good

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Mar 7, 2020

Town seems a little depressed