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“This place is a great setup for Death Valley”
Review of 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.
Barrington, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“This place is a great setup for Death Valley”
Reviewed August 25, 2014

Nice place to see a real ghost mining town. Drive down the the cemetery -- lots of interesting things down there. Also if you go early in the morning lots of donkeys up by the casino.

Visited August 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Well worth seeing!”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Rhyolite is a really cool little ghost town, located on the edge of Death Valley and close to the small community of Beatty, Nevada. It's been abandoned for decades yet the desert conditions have preserved many of the buildings. There's not a lot to do here besides wander around the abandoned buildings, but it really is worth the trip if you're in the area and passing by. It's amazing to appreciate these old buildings in such a (relatively) well preserved state, and quite startling to see how rapidly a small population can flourish and then disappear with economic forces. See photos for a better idea of what it's really like.

Visited November 2013
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Beacon, New York
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Pretty cool ghost town”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stopped at Rhyolite on our way from Death valley to the Hoover Dam, we are always on the lookout for ghost towns,so stopping at this one was a no-brainer.
I's not the holy grail of ghost towns that i'm looking for, but it's a cool enough town to stop at, the bottle house was OK, but I liked the old stone ruins best, especially the bank,inconceivable that thousands of people lived there less then a year ago, the history of the place is certainly compelling.
The small art exhibit just before you enter is interesting as well, I liked the ghosts,the large lego girl left me a bit puzzled.
On a final note, after we left Rhyolite we got some gas at the town of Beatty, arguably the most depressing town we encountered on our 2000 mile 6 state journey.

Visited August 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of history”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

Interesting ghost town and cemetary. Worth the 4 mile drive from Beatty or on your way through Death Valley National Park.

Visited July 2014
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South Florida, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Interesting enough for quick stop”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

There is no much to see here, but this is an interesting side stop on the way to Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas. I could not believe this is all that’s left from this town, after reading about its history.
The place is isolated, in the middle of the desert. It’s pretty hard to imagine how life was back then for these settlers, and it makes me wonder about the resilience of people living in such rugged conditions. The abandoned buildings are a bit spread out on the site, so you will need to drive a couple of minutes from one building to the next. Kids will enjoy seeing the white ghostly sculptures.

Visited June 2014
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