Nelson Ghost Town

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Nelson Ghost Town
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JimBouchard
Brunswick, ME2 contributions
WOW! We were expecting one of those tourist traps selling cheap junk. Instead we found one of the best experiences in the Vegas area!

First of all, the people are FANTASTIC! The young lady running the operation was a hoot. She was funny, sassy, knowledgeable and obviously cared deeply about what she was doing.

The artifacts and pop-art vehicles are worth the trip by themselves. AMAZING collection. I saw some review complaining about fees. Look––the fees are only a dollar per person to walk around and the signs are hilarious! Just listen to the people working here and you'll know they're meant in good spirit.

Don't stop there. Take the mine tour! Yes, you're going to pay an extra $15. Worth twice the price.

Our tour guide Ed was amazing. Not only did he know his stuff, but he was more entertaining than half the shows in Vegas! We had a blast. He also turned us on to one of the most amazing views in the country just 5 miles down the road on the Colorado River.

I'll wrap it up by just saying this. GO HERE!!!
Written November 11, 2021
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Greg A
Winter Haven, FL6 contributions
This is a photographer's paradise. There are acres of memorabilia consisting of airplanes, cars, buses, and the list goes on. They even have their own wedding chapel.

Personally, I go there to do night photography. I've been coming here once a year for about 8 years. The place is always changing. There is a nominal fee per hour for photographers to stay after closing time. The staff has always been very kind and welcoming.
Written August 6, 2022
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AdvTravelR
Austin, TX254 contributions
Great place to visit. There are LOTS of old vehicles and a few planes to see. Excellent photo op. Folks inside the store were super friendly and the trinkets they sell are reasonable priced. Well worth a visit.
Written July 26, 2020
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juliebrown6468
Las Vegas, NV63 contributions
I have been exploring Ghost Towns in Nevada and since we live in Las Vegas, we finally drove out to Nelson. We did not book the mine tour but walked around instead. The people working in the Antique Shop were not very helpful or friendly. My feelings are why advertise to get visitors to make the drive only to treat them less than friendly. If you own the town and want to be left alone then don’t advertise. There were a lot of old vehicles and other old stuff which was kind of interesting but there was also newer stuff just thrown around their displays. I probably wouldn’t recommend that my family or friends go out there. There are much better places almost just as close to Las Vegas. It was worth it to drive past Nelson to the end of the road which overlooks the Colorado river.
Written January 13, 2020
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AllieAS
15 contributions
What an absolute gem out in the desert. Not only is there a lot to do for photographers, the tour guide, Bruce, was worth the visit alone. Although our party 'imploded' and Bruce had to deal with some unruly kids (don't bring a buggy/stroller to the mine tour - it's easier to get through without), Bruce remained entertaining, full of knowledge and shared lots of information with us about the mine and local area. The mine tour is a must.
Ok, so it's an old town with a lot of relics, not a strict 'ghost town' as the owners and Bruce live there, but got talking to another local from the real Nelson town up the road and it was so good to talk to him and hear his stories too.
Don't go there to rush through a ticket list. Take your time. Look around. Talk to the locals. it's worth it.
We went from there to the Colorado (amazing and restorative) before driving out to the Pioneer Saloon (good to see, not so good to eat at!).
Nelson is definitely a list that will stay with us fondly for many years - thanks Bruce :)
Written March 24, 2022
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Sarah C
Salisbury, UK17 contributions
Family
We weren’t able to commit to a tour due to timings etc, but we decided to drive out and have a brief visit. We arrived to find a lot of negative signage which was a bit off putting. We went inside the shop/house only to be greeted with more negativity. Our boys are 20 and 17rs of age and the owners are not child friendly stating that they need to be kept under control. We had a look around and then left. It’s a shame that this Ghost Town isn’t a bit more relevant to what actually went on there. Really it’s just a huge collection of junk!!
Written July 20, 2022
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Ethan Finn
2 contributions
Family
DO NOT RECOMMEND!! My family and I drove 30+ hours from Michigan to see this for we are very interested in this type of history as well as being major car fans. We came here just for pictures and a little education but were instead greeted with nasty signs saying “GET OUT!” And “Do not stop!”
We were very disappointed especially since their Facebook says “Always open” when they most definitely are not. We were also getting dirty looks from multiple people who live here. This in itself is disappointing since the meaning of “Ghost town” is abandoned and uninhabited by people which it certainly is not. Very very disappointed and offended. If i could give zero stars, I absolutely would
Written May 24, 2020
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Phyllis B
North Vernon, IN225 contributions
Friends
We didnt get to explorer as much as I had like but that's just another reason to go back. Beautiful ride to get there. So if you looking for a cheap day of beautiful views take a little road trip out of vegas and check this awesome place out. And if you keep on traveling down the road you'll hit a cool spot to check out the Colorado river.
Written March 8, 2020
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Happy_Couple022512
LUTZ118 contributions
Tucked in the middle of the desert, this family-owned "ghost town" brings history to life. There is an impressive collection of antique cars, busses and even planes tucked inside an old mining town. The owner does personal tours and is a wealth of information. There are many photo opportunities throughout the property. I recommend avoiding mid-day if you want good lighting. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Written February 28, 2020
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Bonnie V
Lake Havasu City, AZ2 contributions
5 couples drove up from Lake Havasu for the day. This was our second visit, first was about 6 years ago. Be sure you allow enough time to walk around and see everything, and bring a camera! Lots of interesting and fun stuff, and nice to just sit down for a bit and chill out in their environment. The mine tour is a must, DO NOT miss it!! Short easy walk and really entertaining commentary by our guide Shawna (she was a hoot). This is an all family run business, they have fun and you will too!
Written April 13, 2021
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