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A ghost town... And a strange open air museum...

My experience, Explo description: 

1904 : Some prospectors found gold at Rhyolite. Rapidly, a little town is founded. In 1908, Rhyolite population is about 10,000 inhabitants : the town is the 3rd most populated in Nevada. But, unfortunately, mine begins to fail. In 1910, only 675 inhabitants are left, and in 1920, Rhyolite population is estimated at 20...

The banks (5 & 7 on the plan) : only a few walls are left, but, by chance, the safe is still there, in a very good shape !

The rail road station. It was erected in 1908. It was one of the 3 rail roads that served Rhyolite... (8 on the plan)

The jail... (11 on the plan : between 6 and 9 points)

Goldwell open air museum is an art museum composed by huge sculptures standing in the middle of the desert... www.goldwellmuseum.org.

My personal recommendations: 

Visit the Titus Canyon, which is very close. The Titus Canyon drive trip is long (about 42km) but really worth doing ! Get more news on the Titus Canyon visit : http://www.explo-guide.com/Titus-ca...

How getting there: 

Take the Hwy 374 from Beatty to the Death Valley. After 2 miles, make a right to Rhyolite.

A tip to eat: 

No place to eat there. Closest restaurants : Furnace creek, Stovepipe or Beatty.

A tip to sleep: 

Furnace creek, Stovepipe wells village or Beatty.
>There is a camping at Furnace creek. There is also a motel (it is quite expensive, about $270 for a night, and full most of the time, but it is really worth sleeping there, because of its unique ambiance) : Furnace Creek Inn : 760 786 2345, from may to October.
>Motel. $100 per night. 760 786 2387.
>Else, you will find more accommodations (and casinos for amateurs) at Beatty.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 


Entry fees: 

Free. But a donation is welcomed.
The entry in the Death Valley National Park is $20 per car.


Death Valley National Park : 760 786 3200, www.death-valley.us.

Access security: 

Conditions in the Death Valley are extreme. Please, drink at least 3 litres water per person per day.

The open air museum sound

The open air museum sound really interesting. If I ever visit the United States, I would definitely like to spend a day in there.