The clouds went away overnight and left today to be another blue sky sunshine day of 82 degrees. Our mission today was to visit Rhyolite, an historic townsite in Nevada, just outside the Death Valley boundary. Just prior to Rhyolite is Goldwell Open Air Museum. The office was closed but we were free to wander the grounds and take pictures.
Then just up the hill from there is the old ghost town of Rhyolite. In 1904 some prospectors found gold here. A town quickly popped up and grew to about 8,000 people. Then around 1908 the mines began to fail and the people moved out. The population in 1920 was only 14.
Tom Kelly’s Bottle House, Erected in 1906. He built the three room bottle house to raffle it off. It served as a private residence for many years.
After exploring the town we drove to nearby Beatty for lunch and filled up with gas at the low low price of $3.19, way better than the $4.35 at Furnace Creek! We spotted three burros going into town.
On the return trip we took the road to Titus Canyon. Wow, what a trip! We were warned that we needed a 4×4 high clearance vehicle and they were so right. Parts of it were certainly a challenge for our little Jeep Cherokee, a bigger Jeep with heavy-duty tires would have been better, but we made it through! And so glad we did…it was a gorgeous drive! Here are just a few of the 200 pictures I took today:
And finished up the day with another nice sunset.
- Gasoline: $30 @ $3.19
- Lodging: $6