Things to Do
Walk our historic downtown with many of its original buildings. Make sure to visit our unique shops, grab a bite to eat at one of our local eateries, or have a drink at one of our local bars. Some bars are haunted, and some have an incredible view over Tonopah. When it comes to food and drink in Tonopah, you can never go wrong!
The Clown Motel has become quite the Tonopah landmark! It was named “America’s Scariest Motel” due to its clown theme and proximity to the Old Tonopah Cemetery. Many guests report activities during their stay. Make sure to visit the free Clown Museum inside the lobby. Pictures encouraged!
Since 1907, the Mizpah Hotel has been an oasis of comfort in the stark beauty of Nevada’s high desert. Voted the #1 Haunted Hotel in America, it is home to many famous spirits, such as the Lady in Red. Even if you are not staying the night here, make sure to visit this historic gem.
The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is located on the site of the original mining claims that started the rush to Tonopah, making it “Queen of the Silver Camps”. Jim and Belle Butler’s strike in 1900 brought the United States into the 20th Century, and many of the mining processing techniques developed during that time are still being used today. Take the self-guided walking tour or book the Guided Polaris tours. Where else can you visit a museum in an off-road vehicle?
Away from the big city lights of Las Vegas and Reno, Tonopah, Nevada has the unique distinction of having one of the darkest nighttime skies in the country. Take advantage of this rare opportunity where the brightest lights around are what you see in the sky. On clear nights, you can see up to 7,000 stars and the Milky Way with your bare eyes, no equipment necessary.
The Central Nevada Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Nye & Esmeralda counties through displays and a research library made available to the public at the Central Nevada Museum in Tonopah, Nevada. Our rich history, which includes mining, ranching, and life in the Wild West is presented in a small, but well applauded museum.
Are you fascinated by ghosts and long to visit haunted locations? Tonopah is the place for you! Paranormal investigators come from around the world to search for Tonopah’s spirits. Be sure to visit the Clown Motel, Old Cemetery, Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah Historic Mining Park, and Tonopah Liquor Company.
While strolling downtown you can see many of our murals and monuments, from Jim & Belle Butler who found Tonopah to the Stealth which was tested at the Tonopah Test Site. Read about Tonopah’s history and famous persons on the plaques on each mural and monument.
Part of our walkable downtown the Tonopah Brewing Company makes legendary house-brewed beers in a custom-made brewhouse from Bavaria, Germany, and barbecues their meat in a smoker. Make sure to try their house-made sauces such as “Nuclear Test Site”.