NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Welcome to Ely, Nevada!

Ely, Nevada is located at the eastern end of the Loneliest Road in America (U.S. Highway 50). What started as just a post office and stagecoach station grew rapidly with the discovery of copper over a century ago. Ely's first settlers were attracted by the grassy meadows, water, and towering mountains, as well as the lure of potential fortunes to be made mining gold and silver. By 1880, the town had acquired its name and a population of several hundred.

Ely's economy has nearly always been dependant on mining. Although originally prospectors came to the area looking for gold and silver, it was copper that brought this town fame. Mark Requa founded the Nevada Consolidated Copper Corporation in the early 1900s and, after securing financing, built several rail lines. This allowed for copper deposits throughout the county to be mined, transported, and refined.

At one time, the mine just outside of town was the largest human-made hole on Earth!

Modern Age Ely

Video compliments of KNPB - PBS Reno, Nevada

Ely now stands as a city proud of its economy and continually looking towards its future. Recently, a new green energy wind farm was completed east of town. Additional investments in the local economy come from major employers including the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, Robinson Nevada Mining, and the White Pine County School District.

Close proximity to Great Basin National Park and Lehman Caves allows Ely to serve as a tourism hub for the surrounding towns.

Community members have worked hard to beautify Ely's downtown area. World renowned muralists have come to town to paint scenes from the old west onto downtown buildings. Public areas, such as the park near the library, have had decorative cement work completed, light posts added, and statues erected. The local Renaissance Village, featuring restored historical homes, is a cultural gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

Shades of the Past

Audio Tour

Audio compliments of Nevada Commission on Tourism

Remnants of the city's early mining days are kept forever locked in the many ghost towns that dot this landscape. These quiet places are a great way to step back in time and see what life was like for the folks who built Nevada and mined the precious metals, ores, and minerals that would come to define the West. Just last year, aracheologists at Great Basin National Park discovered a 132-year-old rifle leaning against a tree in the park.


Ely experiences a semi-arid climate and consistently remains much cooler than southern Nevada. The Western Climate Center reports that average July temperatures are a maximum of 87.2°F and a minimum of 48.3°F. High temperatures of 90°F or higher occur on an average of 20.5 days annually. Low temperatures of 32°F or lower occur on an average of 217.5 days annually. Average annual precipitation is 9.65 inches. Average annual snowfall is 52.0 inches. A full forecast may be viewed here.

Modern Amenities

The small-town size of Ely, Nevada is a clever disguise for its ability to host destination-worthy events. Ely features an 18-hole golf course, a 700-seat convention center, a new $3-million swimming facility, almost 800 hotel rooms, several 24-hour dining facilities, an art-deco movie theater, multiple casinos, a national park, 3 historical museums, an art gallery and a small airport.


Population: 4,255 (2010)
Elevation: 6,437 ft
State: Nevada
District: White Pine County
Coordinates (WGS84): 39.253333, -114.877222
Average July High: 87°

Things to Do

  • Caving!

  • Northern Nevada Railway

  • Great Basin National Park

  • Ward Charcoal Ovens

  • Garnet Hill Gemstone Collecting

  • Hot Springs

  • Ghost Town Exploration

  • Goshute Canyon Wilderness

  • Cave Lake State Park

  • Art Museums

  • Archaeological Exploration