Local Attractions

Things to do in Ely, Nevada

When the West was still wild and people traveled by stagecoach, Ely, Nevada, served as a mail post and a stopping location place for travelers. A little town sprung up out of the desert when copper mining began in 1906 and has since grown to a population of more than 4,000. Today, Ely offers activities and attractions that showcase the rich history and diverse culture of the area.

Ward Charcoal Ovens

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is located in the Egan Mountain Range approximately 18 miles south of Ely, Nevada, and if known for its beautiful, six beehive-shaped historic charcoal ovens.

Nevada Northern Railway

Enjoy a trin ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway’s original locomotives that were delivered here over a century ago.

Cave Lake

Cave Lake features is a year-round park that features a 32-acre reservoir and provides excellent trout fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping and picnicking.

Success Loop Scenic Drive

This scenic 38-mile drive provides excellent views throughout its entire length and offers many opportunities to explore the Schell Creek Range and Cave Lake State Park.

White Pine County Fair & Horse Races

Can anything beat the thrill of thundering hoofs as they pound their way down the final stretch toward victory? See for yourself at White Pines.

White Pine Public Museum

The White Pine Public Museum in Ely offers great insight into the rich, cultural past of White Pine County, in which Ely resides. The building offers attendees a look at their research and mineral collections, which are from White Pine’s earliest inhabitants – the Shoshone Indians, as well as the population that amassed during the 1800s gold rush.