Tonopah Historic Mining Park

Tonopah Historic Mining Park

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is on the site of Belle and Jim Butler's original mining claim which started the rush to Tonopah making it the "Queen of the Silver Camps." The mining park, encompassing portions of four of the major mining companies and covering 113 acres, preserves this rich history and brings it to life with exhibits of equipment and imaginative self-guided tours. The park also offers a Guided Polaris Tour. The park collects, restores and displays mining artifacts on the site and in the original buildings. Come and visit us at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park, where history comes alive. We are open 7 days a week Summer Hours - 9am-5pm - Winter Hours 8am-4pm, excluding all Federal Holidays.
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Patricia B
Christiansburg9 contributions
Jul 2022
We were lucky to secure a guided tour even thought we had not made a reservation. The tour guide - Grace- was simply amazing. She was very knowledgeable and was able to communicate her enthusiasm for the topic and the site.

The tour began with a well produced 20 minute film that provides a great overview of the mine site. We then spent over two hours with our tour guide traveling to the various sites in the mining park in a small ATV type jeep. Both my husband and I agreed that we could not have 'seen' this park by simply investigating on our own.
Written July 13, 2022
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Arjun S
St. Paul, United States174 contributions
Feb 2022
This is a wonderful view of silver mining in central Nevada 1901-1930. The 20 minute film provides an excellent short history. The museum has some indoor exhibits, but is mostly an outdoor waking experience through the mining area. We spent about 90 minutes overall. It is very eerie to walk over the open mines and see how deep they are and that they are secured by seemingly random timber. We were also fascinated by how rapidly the operation went from humans digging and hauling up rock, to an organized operation using jack hammers and electric engines to haul up the ore, and then sent the ore to a central crushing station.
Written February 20, 2022
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NYHikerJohn
Scottsville, NY68 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
The museum is an amazing presentation of Tonopah mining history and its importance in the history of Nevada and the United States. It is a obvious labor of love for Jeff and Grace and the rest of the supporters of the museum. The biggest aha moment I had was realizing how hard and dangerous the work was for miners living in primitive conditions.
Written September 14, 2020
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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA1,178 contributions
Apr 2021
Upon arrival at the Visitor Center you are greeted and shown a 20 minute video of the Tonopah's mining history and it's start in their theater room. You then pay a small fee if you wish to do a self guided tour of the grounds. You're given a map and you're off on your own to explore! There is a lot of walking up & down along uneven dirt trails some of which seem to go straight up. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to explore the grounds and read all the placards placed throughout. Rough life back then and makes you appreciate life today.
Written May 2, 2021
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L L
Las Vegas405 contributions
Aug 2021
We booked a Polaris Tour through the internet for my 60th Birthday. The wife was a little hesitant but she was very glad we took the tour.
Our guide was absolutely awesome and very knowledgeable but unfortunately his name eludes me. He was a heavy set, white male....like myself.
He taught us so much stuff in about a hour and a half. Wish we had more than 10 bucks on us for a tip as he definitely deserved a 20 spot.
For us older folks I recommend the Polaris Tour, especially if its hot outside. Loved the roof shade.
Any experience there is worth the money and if you are handicapped its free.

Don't hesitate to visit this Park.

Very well done.
Written September 14, 2021
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Laura L
4 contributions
Jul 2022
This is a must see if you are visiting Tonopah. A real mining site with several buildings, headframes, and other mining equipment in their original sites.

Shout out to Jeff, who was a fantastic host and a fount of information.

The site is on the side of a mountain (Mt. Oddie) and so has about 500 ft elevation change from the lowest point to the highest. You can arrange tours in a small jeep-like vehicle if you call in advance.
Written July 7, 2022
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Jim T
Kenai, AK875 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
Tonopah is the county seat for Nye County Nevada and is situated at the junction of US Route 6 and US Route 95. It is an old mining town and supports the Tonipah Historic Mining Park and the Central Nevada Museum. Points of interest include those facilities, the old Tonopah Cemetery, the Mizpah Mine and other nearby mines, the Clown Motel (many of these locations are reported to be haunted), the Tonopah Star Gazing Park (noted as having one of the darkest nightine skies in the country) and several murels and monuments throughout the downtown area. Don’t just pass through, stop and stay awhile.
Written April 5, 2021
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Rick L
Crown Point16 contributions
May 2022
The mining park is good. Quite a bit to see. The best attraction is being able to look down the 600 foot deep shaft. Most buildings were locked and you could not see in. A couple were open and good. The tools lying around the area are not labled.
Written May 12, 2022
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Linda F
4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This park was amazing for anyone interested in the old west, mining or Nevada. As a native Nevadan I have been coming to or through Tonopah for years and wanted to go to the park. It more than met expectations. Be prepared to walk a lot and take water. Or, book a riding/guided tour. Thanks to all that contributed to this great park.
Written July 31, 2021
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Reisende_Sun
Las Vegas, NV60 contributions
Feb 2022
A good way to spend an hour or two learning about the mining history in the area. Mike, the man at the visitor center was very friendly and helpful and his dog Rocky is the sweetest dog I have ever met! Make sure to watch the 20 min film that gives the history of the area, very interesting. Then spend time wandering outside to see the ruins of all the different areas of the old mining town.
Written February 21, 2022
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