"Touristy ghost town" Rhyolite Tip by mht_in_la

Rhyolite, Death Valley National Park: 7 reviews and 11 photos

  Rhyolite in early morning
by mht_in_la

What's amazing about Rhyolite is its fast rise and fall. Rhyolite's population peaked in 1907, estimated at over 10,000. It had hotels, stores, schools, hospitals, and even published several of its own newspapers and magazines. Rhyolite was by no means a small town. Then it was struck by financial panic, and people started leaving town. By 1910 there were only 611 residents, then completely abandoned. Today there is a small tourist office at the entrance, and the roads in town are well paved, mainly for tourists. It's a touristy ghost town.

Address: Highway 374 west of Beatty

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  • Updated Dec 4, 2003
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