There’s so much more to Nevada than Las Vegas and Reno. Away from the glitz and glam is Route 6, which runs through a handful of sleepy towns that often fly under the radar. Explore the state’s other side with a rural road trip like no other.
Travelers seeking a true “ghost town” experience will certainly want to make a stop in Coaldale, which is home only to a handful of abandoned buildings, most of which have been heavily vandalized over the years. Warm Springs is yet another ghost town along Route 6, whose namesake stems from the natural hot springs in the area. In addition to a swimming pool that’s behind a locked fence, you’ll find a boarded-and-sealed cafe and a vacant home, both from the middle of the 20th century. Finally, Currant was originally established as a farming town, and was a hotbed of mining activity beginning in 1914. Today, its population is a sparse 65!
Once you’re sufficiently spooked, head to the town of Tonopah. Get your fill of regional history at the Mining Park, which spans over 100 acres, or the Central Nevada Museum. From October through April, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, guided tours of the town’s Royston Turquoise Mine are offered. If these unique attractions weren’t enough, Tonopah has also been named as the top place to stargaze by USA Today, so keep your eyes peeled when the sun goes down.
For more outdoor adventure, check out Ely. Take a swim in the natural, spring-fed McGill public pool, go fishing, biking, or hiking at Cave Lake State Park, or play a round at White Pine Golf Course. History takes center stage at the White Pine Public Museum and the Nevada Northern Railway Museum, which highlights old-fashioned train travel. For a one-of-a-kind photo op, make a stop at the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park, featuring — you guessed it — six of the big hive-shaped structures.
Great Basin National Park
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Speaking of picture-perfect spots, the six-story Lexington Arch in Great Basin National Park is carved from limestone and is one of the largest of its kind in the western United States. While you can hike to the base of the arch, it’s only recommended for more experienced trekkers. Feeling lucky? Play (and stay) at the Jail House Motel & Casino, Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall, or Prospector Hotel and Gambling Hall.
Download our free complete Route 6 eBook that includes maps and details of all the destinations you will pass through on this scenic route. These details include local attractions, history, dining and more that you’ll have the opportunity to experience when passing through or staying overnight before continuing your drive. In addition, you can download a printer-friendly version.