Beatty, Nevada is a historic mining town northwest of Las Vegas. This area of Nevada was once home to people of the Western Shoshone tribe before prospectors came in search of gold. Everywhere you look in Beatty, is a reminder of the town’s rich history. Located on Nevada Highway 95, in what’s called the Bullfrog Mining District, Beatty is a interesting road trip stop or could be a fun day trip from Las Vegas. Even if it is small, there are plenty of things to do in Beatty, Nevada.
Table of Contents
- Visit Death Valley National Park
- Gamble at the Stagecoach Casino
- Buy Lots of Candy
- Wander Through Rhyolite
- Goldwell Open Air Museum
- See the Tom Kelly House
- Look For Donkeys
- Snap a Photo of a Junk Airplane
- Learn About the History of Beatty, Nevada
- How to Get to Beatty, Nevada
- Where to Eat in Beatty, Nevada
- Things to do in Beatty
Visit Death Valley National Park
The town of Beatty prides itself on being the “Gateway to Death Valley National Park”. Since the park entrance is only 7 miles from town, most people plan on visiting Death Valley National Park while in the area. It’s the ideal day trip for those with a time budget and that only want to see a few things in the park.
Sites in the Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells areas are easily accessible from Beatty via Daylight Pass Road. If you have a high clearance vehicle, you could drive through Titus Canyon or visit the ghost town of Chloride City. Both are located on the eastern side of Death Valley National Park.
Don’t worry, even if you don’t have a high clearance vehicle, there’s still plenty of things to see in Death Valley National Park without a 4×4. Also, try to spot Corkscrew Peak on your drive into the park. It gets its name from its shape that looks like, you guessed it – a corkscrew.
Gamble at the Stagecoach Casino
Beatty may not be Vegas but If you came to Nevada to gamble, you can give it a go at The Stagecoach Hotel + Casino. The casino in the hotel has poker tables and slot machines. There’s also two 24 hour restaurants onsite, and a pool. It’s the perfect spot after a long hot day in the desert. Once you’ve checked in, park your car because you can walk just about anywhere in town.
Buy Lots of Candy
Another one of the fun things to do in Beatty is to shop for candy at Nevada’s largest candy store, Death Valley Nut & Candy. Hands down, this is one of my favorite Nevada road trip stops now.
Located in the same building that the Stagecoach Casino is in, they have pretty much any kind of candy your heart desires. You name it, they have it. Fudge, peanut brittle, chocolate covered nuts, jelly beans, lollipops, every flavor of gummy rings imaginable and so much more.
Wander Through Rhyolite
A little over a hundred years ago the town of Rhyolite had one of the most productive mines in this part of Nevada. By 1907, it was a thriving town was full of modern conveniences. In it’s heyday, there were banks, grocery stores, a hospital and over 50 saloons. In addition to electricity and running water, the mines generated enough business for its own stock exchange in town.
Unfortunately, in less than a decade, it was all over. The mines ran out and as production dwindled, people had no choice but to move and look for work elsewhere.
Today, the Bureau of Land Management, manages the ghost town of Rhyolite. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through the empty streets and experience what life might have looked like in a mining town. Don’t miss the unique train station, that brought thousands to the area. There’s also a jail, one of the banks and a small cemetery onsite.
Goldwell Open Air Museum
While you’re in Rhyolite, don’t miss the quirky art and sculptures at the Goldwell Open Air Museum. The art surrounds the town of Rhyolite and is just another unique thing to do in Beatty, Nevada while you are there. Some of the sculptures are a bit odd but that just adds to the character of this part of the desert.
See the Tom Kelly House
One of the more unusual features near Rhyolite is the Tom Kelly bottle house. This house is made of bottles from the aforementioned saloons in Rhyolite. Built in 1905, the story goes that since wood was hard to come by in this area, Mr. Kelly decided to build his house with bottles. It’s said he was able to collect enough bottles to build it in less than six months.
Once Mr. Kelly completed the the house, he sold $5 raffle tickets and raffled it off. The winning family lived there until 1914.
Look For Donkeys
As the highest producer of gold, silver and barite in the United States, there are approximately 200k mines in the state of Nevada. In the past, workers relied heavily on burros to help them work the mines. Many of these burros – or donkeys – were left behind once the mines ran out 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 warm desert climate is the perfect location for the burros to live all year long. If you happen to 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.
From time to time the Bureau of Land Management steps and takes some of the wild burros to adoptions centers throughout the western states. So if you’ve ever wanted to own a wild donkey from Nevada, here’s your chance.
Snap a Photo of a Junk Airplane
Nevada has no shortage of odd roadside attractions and a few can be found around Beatty. It’s unclear the significance of this abandoned airplane on the side of Hwy 95 but it’s kind of interesting and one of the fun things to do in Beatty, Nevada. It also makes a cool photo opp in the desert.
Learn About the History of Beatty, Nevada
If you would like to learn more about the history of Beatty while you are visiting then check out the Beatty Museum & Historical Society. The museum has interpretive exhibits and artifacts from this one of a kind town. They are open every day 10am to 3pm and admission is free.
How to Get to Beatty, Nevada
Beatty, Nevada is 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas on Hwy 95 and just 7 miles from from Death Valley National Park. From the park, turn onto Hwy 374 at Beatty Junction and travel directly into Beatty.
Where to Eat in Beatty, Nevada
Happy Burro Chili & Beer serves a secret family chili recipe on a patio that was constructed out of one of the buildings moved over from Rhyolite. You can’t get more historic than that and that’s why eating at the Happy Burro is on the list of memorable things to do in Beatty, Nevada.
100 Main St.
Beatty, NV 89003
Gema’s Cafe has Mexican inspired cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Look for Gema’s taco truck outside on the weekends too
101 S 2nd St.
Beatty, NV 89003
Smokin’ J’s Barbeque is another good food option in Beatty. They serve delicious barbeque and some really good jalapeno mac n cheese.
Smoking J’s Barbeque
107 W Main St.
Beatty, NV 89003
Things to do in Beatty
Next time you plan a road trip through The Silver State, make sure to include Beatty in your plans. You won’t be disappointed.