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“Gold is not Forever”
Review of Rhyolite

Rhyolite
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Owner description: A ghost town with real character, the town of Rhyolite was founded in 1904 due to what many believed to be a rich strike of ore, but alas, was not meant to be.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

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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Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

My wife & I visited Rhyolite on our way back to Vegas from a Death Valley day trip. We visited in the fading light of early evening which was nice for some quick photography. The town is an interesting example of the boom & bust cycle created in the US West by those who dreamed of striking it rich. For its short lifespan the town was well developed, evidence which you can see in the ruins. It was cool to see but a bit disappointing too. The train depot is fenced off as are some other buildings and despite being managed by the Bureau of Land Management as a Historic Townsite there is next to nothing in the way of informational boards. There are a few old time photo boards showing various buildings in town as they originally stood but that's all. For such a recent town historically speaking (1905), you'd expect a little more info to be available but the biggest source of info I found was Wikipedia. The town could be so much better if there was more info available on site but without that context you're just looking at a bunch of ruins.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Rhyolite is a must-see ghost town very close to Beatty, Nevada. This town boomed and busted within a few years between 1900 and 1910. Start at the Bottle House where there are self-guided tour maps in a box outside (also a guest register). Rhyolite has fairly well-preserved remains of its old buildings, especially the bank, casino, and mercantile. The tour makes for a nice walk. On the way out of town, turn right on the gravel road that leads to the Rhyolite/Bullfrog Cemetery. The road is a little rough, but it is a short distance. Just take it slow. We did it in a Ford Mustang, not exactly a Jeep, and had no trouble. We visited the cemetery at dusk, and it was a great experience!

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Rhyolite is a few miles west of Beatty en route to Death Valley. Went there one morning by myself. Not another soul around. The silence was deafening!! Apart from the old abandoned buildings, there are numerous pieces of artwork including amazing alabaster like sculptures of the Last Supper. They appear ghostlike, shimmering in the hot desert. Well worth a visit - but do note the sign warning of rattlesnakes!!! The nearby cemetery is also worth visiting. I probably sound a bit weird, but if you are interested in the 'Old West' this really is a good place to visit.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

It's a ghost town. If you're looking for something spectacular you have the wrong place, but if you let yourself imagine it is well worth the stop. It's not a tourist trap because it's free, and the area has been maintained for visitors. Especially nice was seeing the mine openings in the hills and creating your own images of miners searching for treasure. I would have loved to actually go into a mine but we didn't take the time. We agree with others that the cemetery is not worth the mile or so down the desert road. DO WATCH YOUR SPEED IN BEATTY. We saw very few police in the area, but the local Beatty cop was on duty and alert. This is am interesting visit to the past. The museum/store was closed or we certainly would have gone in.

Thank TheKs42
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