This is about a 1 hour stop to or from Death Valley or Las Vegas. When you first turn onto the gravel road it is clear you are goiNg back in history to an old mining town that became a ghost town after flourishing for a few years in the early 1900. There are several ruins, none of which can be entered for safety reasons. Picture taking can be interesting depending on the time of day and the sun or lack of it. If you take the time to wander around you can see piles of excavated tin cans and other metal pieces that were left behind when the town collapsed. There are some mine holes to view from a distance. The Tom Kelly bottle house adds an interesting twist on art as does the area around the free Goldwell Open Air Museum with the sculptures of ghost like figures and other expressions done by a group of Belgian artists. The person at the museum was very helpful in describing both the art on display and the history of Rhyolithe. Perhaps stop in Beatty, just 3 miles east for a burger or chile at the Burro Chili Bar. It is a great place to talk with locals about the town of Beatty and its history. Be prepared for simple, yet historic , since Rhyolithe and Beatty are not big tourist centers. They can be a fun 1-3 hour stop for adults and families.
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