reply to post by Trisch
There is no place to stay between Rachel and Tonopah. In my opinion, there is no place to stay in Rachel unless you are camping. If I'm not camping,
I stay in Alamo or Tonopah. Note that Alamo can "sell out" [No vacancy at any of their 3 motels.] Then you need to head to Caliente. There is a
motel there with whirlpool baths using water piped in directly from their hot springs. It was the scene of the crime regarding the Mormon polygamist
rape by proxy incident. [Forced child marriage.]
By far, the nicest place to stay is
The price is high ($90 to $100), but you get your own cabin with whirlpool bath. The other motels are half the price and we're not talking about the
kind of room you get in Vegas for $50.
There are plenty of places to stay in Tonopah. Most are dumps, but priced accordingly. Room run from just under $30 to $40 at most places. Probably
the most expensive would be the Station House. It's a cool place, though not as wild since Ramada took it over. The station house has a bar and
casino. There is live entertainment, though usually a two person band using drum machines and such to fill out the sound. Tonopah is a pretty safe
town. Lots of cops. The highway patrol has a substation in the Station House.
You really need to be careful driving at night where there is open range. That would be from the 93/318 intersection all the way to Tonopah. You need
to drive about 45mph at night. This is damn boring, but better than hitting a cow. I suggest satellite radio or CDs to ease the boredom.
has a map of the gravel and other spots.
Since you have paid for your tickets, I suggest thinking about winter driving. It gets cold in central Nevada due to the altitude. Dirt roads can't
be traveled safely if muddy. Remember, the front gate and back gate roads are dirt. I suggest having a full size spare. Since you are flying, I assume
you are getting a rental car. You can rent suvs, though they are not insured for off-road use. However, they do usually have full size spares. Second
best is to rent a PT Cruiser or HHR. Worse comes to worse, you can sleep in them. O course, it would be cold without sleeping bags. The rental car
people probably don't think ahead enough to provide you with an ice scraper, so get one in Vegas.
If you are doing the loop around the range, you can also stay in Beatty. The nicest place (don't laugh) is the Motel 6. It has ethernet in the rooms.
Bring a cable if you bring a notebook PC. There is another motel near the Motel 6. I forget the name, but I think it is called the Stage Coach. It is
owned by the same outfit that owns the motel 6. Also OK is the Exchange Club
From Beatty, you can do a quick Death Valley visit. At the very least, check out the Ubehebe Crater. In the winter time, it is easy to hike down to
I have a few side trips documented here
Regarding night time light shows. I prefer the gravel over the mailbox. Both can see the Tikaboo Valley. The nice thing about the gravel is it is
closer to Alamo, so you can get a room in town, hang out at the gravel, then head back to Alamo. Again, you need to drive slow (45 mph), but that is
only an hour drive, and the chances of seeing cattle is very unlikely once you are east of Groom Lake Road.