Just 120 miles from Las Vegas, lies the cute desert town of Beatty. This area of Nevada was once home to people of the Western Shoshone before miners came in search of gold. Everywhere you look in Beatty, is a reminder of it’s rich old west history. Located on Nevada Hwy 95, Beatty is an interesting stop on a road trip or since it’s a gateway city to Death Valley National Park, it’s the perfect alternative to staying in the park. It’s a small town, less than 1200 people but there are plenty of fun things to do in Beatty, Nevada.
Gamble at the Stagecoach Casino
Beatty may not be Vegas but If you came to Nevada to gamble, you can certainly do that at The Stagecoach Hotel + Casino. It’s not a huge casino but they do have poker and slots. The hotel is less than 20 miles from the entrance to Death Valley National Park and the desert drive there is beautiful. Passing features such as Corkscrew Peak and Titus Canyon Road, The Stagecoach a good place to cool off after a long hot day in the park. They also have two 24 hour restaurants, a pool and you can walk to just about everywhere in town.
The Stagecoach Hotel + Casino
Beatty, NV 89003
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Buy Lots of Candy
Another one of the fun things to do in Beatty, Nevada is drool over, then buy (and promptly devour) all the candy you can eat from Nevada’s largest candy store. Hands down, Death Valley Nut & Candy is one of my favorite Nevada stops now. Located in the same building that the Stagecoach Casino is in, they have any kind of candy you could want. You name it, they have it. Fudge, peanut brittle, chocolate covered nuts, jelly beans, lollipops, every flavor of gummy rings and other shapes and so much more.
Death Valley Nut + Candy
Beatty, NV 89003
Explore the Ghost Town of Rhyolite
A hundred years ago, Rhyolite was a bustling, thriving mining town. Dreams of gold enticed people from all over to Rhyolite. In it’s heyday, it was a town of modern conveniences. A bank, multiple grocery stores, electric lights, running water, a hospital, a school and over 50 saloons are just a few of the things you could find in Rhyolite. It even had it’s own stock exchange. In less than a decade, it was all over. The mines ran out. People had no choice but to leave town and look for work elsewhere. Now it’s one of Nevada’s many historic ghost towns
Just 6 miles from Beatty, Rhyolite, is now a Bureau of Land Management site. Visitors can see and walk around the remnants of the old town buildings. There’s also one of the mines still visible. The beautiful train station, that brought thousands to the area, sits behind a fence. Along with the jail and walls of the three story bank, there’s also a small cemetery. Don’t miss the highlight of Rhyolite, the one of a kind, Tom Kelly house, that’s built with 51k beer bottles.
328 Greenland Blvd
Death Valley, CA 92328
Southerner Says: once in Rhyolite, stop to see the quirky art and sculptures at the Goldwell Open Air Museum.
Look for Burros in Town
As the highest producer of gold, silver and barite in the US, there are around 200k mines in the state of Nevada. The majority are now inactive but in the past, the workers relied heavily on burros to help them work the mines. Many of these burros, or donkeys, were left behind once the mines were depleted and the miners moved on. The descendants of some of these burros still roam Nevada. It’s not unusual to see some of them in Beatty or even in Rhyolite if you are lucky.
Beatty’s climate is the perfect location for the burros to live all year long so they don’t wander far. If you do spot them and stop to take photos, be warned, they are very curious and friendly. In fact, they’ll come right up to the car. Which means visitors are probably feeding them. Even though it’s tempting, that’s not the best thing to do since they are wild animals. From time to time the Bureau of Land Management steps and takes some of the burros to adoptions centers throughout the western states. So if you’ve ever wanted to own a wild donkey from Nevada, look it up.
Eat Delicious Food
Beatty has been receiving visitors and feeding them for years. It’s no different now. One of the more notable restaurants in town is the Happy Burro Chili & Beer. They’ve only been around since 2006 but they brought with them a famous old secret family chili recipe. Visitors can eat chili and wash it down with cheap cold PBR on tap. For a real Nevada experience, sit outside on their patio that was built out of one of the buildings moved over from Rhyolite.
More delicious food can be found at Gema’s Cafe, another one of Betty’s restaurants. Open every day, Gema’s serves Mexican inspired cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best thing about breakfast is that they serve it all day. That’s always a bonus in my book. Gema’s makes a terrific stop on the way into Death Valley or returning back to Vegas. Our breakfast and coffee, was delicious and a great way to end our Death Valley road trip. Look for Gema’s taco truck outside on the weekends for tasty tacos too.
101 S 2nd St
Beatty, NV 89003
Next time you plan a road trip through The Silver State, make sure it includes Beatty. There’s nothing better than experiencing a piece of Nevada’s old west.
How To Get To Beatty, Nevada
- From Las Vegas. Beatty is 120 miles northwest on Hwy 95
- From Death Valley National Park on Hwy 190, turn onto Hwy 374 at Beatty Junction and travel directly into Beatty