I posted this on the California forums for Death Valley and DV National Park, then thought I ought to put it here as well in case someone strays into Beatty.
I was in Beatty this past week during my DV trip. For people looking for the bare essentials, here is an update.
The Amargosa Toad has folded. That was a general store selling all kinds of stuff, including snacks, tools, desert art, clothes, etc., at the site of the old General Store which was actually a true grocery with gas station. The site, on 2nd Street (Hwy 95 south) is now vacant.
The 76 gas station and mini-mart, a long-time fixture, is now a Rebel station and still has gas and groceries. The other sort-of general store is Lost River Trading Co., also on 95 just south of Main. It doesn’t have much food, just a few snack and more general merchandise and Death Valley eccentricities.
The former Burro Inn, which closed in early 2006 and then began to undergo renovation, is still under renovation. It is supposed to become the Death Valley Inn, and is being transformed into a Spanish style villa with palm trees. It looks mostly finished, with only one piece of construction equipment on site when I was there, but no workers or work in sight. There are other lodging choices:
• Stagecoach Inn, a motel casino with restaurant and Death Valley Candy & Nut Co.
• Motel 6
• Phoenix Inn, a cluster of mobile homes
• Exchange Club Motel. The historic Exchange Club had a casino and restaurant, which closed a couple of years ago. Now a hardware store is in that space.
• El Portal Motel, on Main Street west of 95. This indie is my favorite place to stay in town.
• I think the Happy Burro Hostel is still running as well.