Silver was discovered here in 1900, which sparked one of the biggest mining booms in the state. Many of the town’s buildings, such as the Mizpah Hotel and the Nye County Courthouse, were built in the early 20th century. The Tonopah Historic Mining Park, on the hillside above the town, offers a chance to explore the actual mines that created this mining juggernaut. Tonopah’s Central Nevada Museum contains displays describing not only local mining history but also other cultural and social aspects of the region.



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Located about halfway between Reno and Las Vegas, Tonopah is a perfect place to stay while enjoying central Nevada’s recreational activities including rock hunting, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, off·roading and hunting.

Nearby geological attractions include Lunar Crater, the Sump and Monte Cristo’s Castle and there are five wilderness areas within hours of the community. Because it’s so far from the bright lights of any major city, Tonopah’s night skies are considered among the best in the country for stargazing.

Another major attraction for spending the night or just a few hours for a break is The Clown Motel. With 31 uniquely decorated rooms, the motel is also rumored by some to have paranormal activity related to victims of the 1911 Belmont Mine Fire.

Because it’s so far from the bright lights of any major city, Tonopah’s night skies are considered among the best in the country for stargazing. Tour our Historic Mining Park & visit the Central Nevada Museum. Go off-roading or visit nearby ghost towns. Shop in unique stores, discover local artists & even pan for gold during our annual Jim Butler Days celebration!

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Courtesy S. Ward – Inside Lehman Caves