Local Area Attractions Near Ely KOA Journey
Welcome to Ely, Nevada, a Four Season Mountain Town where history, art, and outdoor adventure run deep. In the nearby Great Basin National Park, travelers have the chance to descend into the depths of the Lehman Cave system to explore a series of limestone and marble caverns full of huge stalagmites and other wild rock formations. The National Park is also home to the snow-capped Wheeler Peak which, at 13,000 feet, is the second-tallest mountain in Nevada. Here you can hike dozens of trails or take a scenic drive up to 10,000 feet for sweeping views of the Great Basin.Back in Ely, take a slow stroll through downtown on the 11-block art walk. Scattered down the main drag are over 20 murals and sculptures depicting the town’s history and cultural diversity — highlights along the way include Ely Renaissance Village and the ’50s-style soda fountain that serves up old-fashioned chocolate malts and cherry-lime rickeys.Sitting at Nevada’s eastern edge of the “Loneliest Road in America,” Ely is a remote mountain town. Ely was founded in the 1870s as a stagecoach stop and trading post. The Nevada Northern Railway arrived in 1906. Rugged mountains rise up in all directions with amazing year-round recreation opportunities in places like Great Basin National Park, Cave Lake State Park, Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park and Ward Mountain Recreation Area.
Nevada Northern Railway Museum
The Nevada Northern Railway Complex is the best-preserved, least altered, and most complete main yard complex remaining from the steam railroad era. This well preserved short-line railway draws visitors from all over the world to ride on its queens of steam and historic diesel engines.Murals, art galleries and a sculpture garden decorate the historic downtown.Immerse yourself in historic railroad experiences:
- 90 minute passenger twisty ride in an open-air car through the mountains of the Egan Range
- Explore the original railroad maintenance shops and train yard
- "Be the Engineer" experience where you actually operate a locomotive. Tunnels, grades, real mainline mountain railroading, and you're at the throttle
- Railroad Reality Week full railroad immersion experience
- Special evening and theme trains such as: Rockin' & Rollin' Geology Train, Wild West Limited, Steptoe Valley Flyer, Restoration Rails, Haunted Ghost Trains, Polar Express, A Taste of Italy and more!
1100 Avenue A
Ely, NV 89301
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.
Nationally known rockhounding area is famous for its dark red garnets found in volcanic rock. Come and find your own Garnets!
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 a wide range of plant and animal habitats. Open all year from 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
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.
Local Area Recreation Near Ely KOA Journey
Cave Lake is great fishing for Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Comins Lake is known for Brown Trout fishing. Fishing license required.
White Pine County Golf Course
Rock Hounding for Garnets
Head to Garnet Hill recreation area to hound for Garnets!
Hiking in Mountains
There are lots of hiking trails and access points around us
Visiting the Historical Sites of Abandoned Mining Towns
Northern Nevada has a plethora of Ghost Towns for exploring! Stop by the office for a map & information