Local Area Attractions
Great Basin National Park
This National Park is a tribute to the unique Great Basin region in the western United States. An extensive series of mountain ranges and wide valleys spread over Nevada, Utah and portions of California, Oregon and Idaho. Dramatic mountain peaks, lush meadows, clear mountain streams and alpine lakes, fascinating limestone caves, and sweeping scenic vistas. Great Basin boasts wide range of plant and animal habitats. Open all year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Most highly decorated limestone solution caverns in the western United States. Contain stalactites, stalagmites and other unique formations. Guided 90 minute tours are conducted daily from the Visitor Center. The temperatures remain about 50 degrees all year, so warm clothing is recommended.
The Ghost Train of Old Ely
Guided walking tours of the railroad facility offered daily from May through October. Exhibitions include general office, depot and dispatcher’s office. Tour the roundhouse, machine and blacksmith shops, Historic rolling stock of steam, diesel and electric locomotive and turn-of-the-century passenger and freight cars. Train travels around downtown Ely, then passes through Tunnel #1, one of the few "curved" tunnels in the world, and up scenic Robinson Canyon. Or you can enjoy the scenic "Hiline" route through the Steptoe Valley powered by a vintage Alco RS-3 Diesel engine.
Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Walking guided tours offered during operating season. Exhibits include general offices, depot, engine house, machine blacksmith shops, historic rolling stock of steam, diesel and electric locomotive and turn of the century passenger and freight cars. Tours take approximately 45 minutes. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Tour times are 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Active Copper/Gold/Silver Mining Operations
Ruth Copper Mine is Nevada’s largest operating copper mine, and the second largest open pit mine in America. Scenic overlook is worth the 2 mile drive from Ely!
Ghost Town from Nevada’s mining boomtown days
Area Ghost Towns include Cherry Creek, Hamilton, Osceola, Ward Mining District, and Schellbourne.
Ward Charcoal Ovens
These ovens are located about 18 miles south of Ely on the Cave Valley road, which branches from US 6-50-93 some seven miles from the traffic light in East Ely. These huge ovens are still in excellent condition. The six beehive-shaped ovens are approximately 30 feet high, and were said to contain 35 cords of wood when full.
White Pine County Museum
Visiting hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a. m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy viewing Indian Displays, Doll Collections, and a number of other displays. Also enjoy visiting the Cherry Creek Depot and Original Log Cabin.
Cave Lake State Park
Cave Lake State Park offers outstanding recreational opportunities for you, your family and friends. This year-round park with its 32-acre reservoir provides excellent trout fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping and picnicking. Winter activities include ice skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing.
Nationally known rockhounding area is famous for its dark red garnets found in volcanic rock. Come and find your own Garnets!