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  • Angela Mona

Nelson Ghost Town : A Hauntingly beautiful Desert Oasis

Nelson Ghost Town was originally called Eldorado in 1775 by the Spaniards who made the original discoveries of gold in the area that is now Eldorado Canyon.

The town was the site of one of the first major gold strikes in Nevada and one of the biggest mining booms in state history. Gold and silver were discovered here around 1859.

The town has a violent and scandalous history, involving ancient tribes, Spanish explorers, Civil War deserters, and outlaws. It is preserved almost exactly as it was decades ago and has been used as a filming location for various films, such as “3000 Miles to Graceland”, “The Professionals”, “The A-Team”, and “The Hangover”.

Nelson Ghost Town is a popular tourist spot for photographers and Western enthusiasts. You can walk in the footsteps of legends and take a mine tour.

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Nelson Ghost Town is during the cooler months of the year, from October to April. During these months, the weather is mild and comfortable for outdoor activities. The summer months can be very hot and uncomfortable.

How to get there :

Nelson Ghost Town is located about 45 minutes southeast of Las Vegas. You can get there by car or by joining a guided tour.

Address: Nelson Cutoff Rd, Searchlight, NV 89046, USA

Is Nelson Ghost town really haunted?

There are many stories and legends about why Nelson Ghost Town is haunted.

Some people believe that the town is haunted by the ghosts of miners who died in the nearby mines. Others believe that the town is haunted by the ghosts of people who were killed during the town’s violent past.

However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.


Nelson Ghost Town is a fascinating place to visit for anyone interested in the history of the American West. The town’s unique atmosphere and well-preserved buildings offer a glimpse into the past and make it a popular destination for photographers and Western enthusiasts. Whether you’re interested in exploring the town’s abandoned mines, learning about its violent past, or simply enjoying the beautiful desert scenery, Nelson Ghost Town is definitely worth a visit.

xo xo Angela & Lali, from Chasefortravel


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