Take a trip back in time aboard one of our regularly scheduled passenger train trips. Excursions operate throughout the year:
Join railfans who come from around the world for a first-hand adventure on the "Best-preserved short-line in America":
Getting here can be a great adventure. Check out some of the options:
Yes, you can spend a night or two here in the museum.
WHERE: Ely, NV: 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno.
HOW: Best way is to drive and enjoy the adventure of getting here. Check out the map.
WHY: The Nevada Northern has been acclaimed as the best preserved railroad complex in North America. For railfans, history buffs, and those who are generally curious, it is well worth the journey.
WHEN: Check the calendar for year-around activities. Summers are mild at a mile high in elevation. Expect snow in the Winter.
OPEN DAILY: EXCEPT Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day. Also closed on Tuesdays, other than July and August.
HOURS: Gift shop and ticket desk open 8am-5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on days when trains depart later) For a walking tour arrive one hour prior to closing. Click for train schedule
If you listened to the news on January 31st, you might have heard a short little clip about it being "National Plan Your Vacation Day." We never heard if it either, but when we did, it really resonated with us.
Here in the Mountains of Rural Nevada, we are in such a remote spot of America that almost everyone has to make a specific plan to come and visit us. National Plan Your Vacation Day makes sense. Perhaps this is the time for you to make plans to visit us this summer, and see what else there is to see here in Rural Nevada.
Even if you missed January 31st, let's, together, today, make it your own "National Plan Your Vacation Day." To help get you started, here are some links as your consider National Plan Your Vacation Day:
For starters, consider making Ely your base camp to explore Great Basin National Park and the surrounding area. Great Basin National Park is just an hour away and it is amazing. From the 13,000-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, to the sage-covered foothills, it is a place to sample the stunning diversity of the larger Great Basin region. Come and partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages of Lehman Caves.
Close to Ely is Cave Lake State Park. Cave Lake State Park offers outstanding recreational opportunities year-round. Stocked with rainbow trout and home to German brown trout, the 32-acre reservoir provides outstanding fishing and boating. Other summer activities include swimming, hiking, camping and the Annual Bathtub Races.
The Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is nearby Cave Lake. Perched in the Egan Mountain Range in eastern Nevada, Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is a scenic, forested retreat. The park features six beehive shaped charcoal ovens that were used from 1876 through 1879 to help process rich silver ore that was discovered in the area. Once mining ended, the ovens were used to shelter travelers and even had a reputation as a hideout for stagecoach bandits. The ovens remain today and are open for touring. Visitors can also enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing while surrounded by a diversity of wildlife within the park, including mule deer, grouse and elk.
Ghost Towns! Real Ghost Towns! Your excursion trip on the train actually goes through the ghost town of Lane City. Nearby ghost towns also include Hamilton, Treasure City, Pioche, Cherry Creek, Ward and Taylor. And as you head out to explore the ghost towns keep a lookout for the wild Mustangs that live in the Great Basin.
Here are some of our favorite websites to help you plan a great destination vacation to Rural Central Nevada for you and your family :