Rhyolite Ghost Town and Historic Area

Rhyolite Ghost Town and Historic Area

Quick Facts

Rhyolite Ghost Town and Historic Area

Nevada

(775) 635-4000

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Things To Do

     

Overview

Now only a ghost town, this former gold-mining boom town left behind several remnants of its glory days. Some of the historic ruins found at Rhyolite today include the most photographed ghost-town building in the West: the Cook Bank Building, as well as Nevada's best preserved "bottle house," constructed entirely of glass bottles. Along with these two famous buildings, some of the walls of the three-story Cook Bank Building are still standing, as is part of the old jail and privately owned train depot.

The park is open year-round for day use only. Fees and reservations are not necessary to access this park. Recreational activities at this park include: walking, backpacking and picnicking.

Map of Rhyolite Area

Latitude, Longitude: 36.901038, -116.793594

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Walking trails wind through the town, leading from one historic building to the next. Be careful to stay on trails, as the surrounding area is rattlesnake habitat.

  • Historic Sites

    Rhyolite, the "Queen City," was the largest town in the Death Valley area with a population of 5,000-10,000 people. During its heyday, from 1905-1911, it contained 2 churches, 50 saloons, 18 stores, 2 undertakers, 19 lodging houses, 8 doctors, 2 dentists, a stock exchange and an opera.

    Today you can find several remnants of Rhyolite's glory days. Some of the walls of the three-story bank building are still standing, as is part of the old jail. The train depot (privately owned) is one of the few complete buildings left in the town, as is the Bottle House. The Bottle House was restored by Paramount pictures in Jan, 1925. The ghost town of Rhyolite is on a mixture of federal and private land. It is not within the boundary of Death Valley National Park.

    Rhyolite is 35 miles from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on the way to Beatty, Nevada. A paved road heading north (left) from Hwy. 374 will take you to the heart of the the town.

    Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/rhyolite-ghost-town.htm.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available for use.

Park Partners

Rhyolite Partnership

The Rhyolite Partnership is an umbrella group for all those who are interested in the welfare and future of Rhyolite. Member organizations include the are Friends of Rhyolite, Rhyolite Preservation Society, Beatty Museum & Historical Society, BLM, Beatty Habitat Committee, Nye County Commissioners, High Desert RC&D, Beatty General Improvement District, Beatty Chamber of Commerce, Death Valley Chamber of Commerce, Goldwell Open Air Museum and EDEN.

Directions

Driving

Rhyolite is located on Hwy. 374 just outside of Death Valley National Park, and two miles west of Beatty, Nevada. It is 35 miles from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center on the way to Beatty. A paved road heading north (left) from Hwy. 374 will take you to the heart of the the town.

Visitors to Titus Canyon often include a stop at Rhyolite ghost town before starting the one-way drive.

From Beatty, Nevada, travel southwest on State Highway 374 approximately two miles. Turn right and proceed two miles to Rhyolite Historic Area.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(775) 635-4000

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