Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

National Park Service ragners setting up for the Star gazing
Star Train leaves from Ely on selected Summer evenings to view the amazing night sky
See the Milky Way guided by the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park

Great Basin Star Train

Featuring the National Park Service's Dark Rangers

Fast Facts

WHAT: Come see the heavens through special telescope for viewing the night sky. NPS rangers will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey.

WHEN: Select Friday evenings in the Summer

WHERE: Ely, NV, with one of the darkest skies in the lower 48 states.  245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles West / Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno.

DON'T FORGET: Bring something warm. It gets cool in the evening up here (over a mile high in elevation). Also, these trains often sell-out in advance. Make your reservation today.

For those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live up here in the Rural Inter-Mountain West, you are missing our breathtakingly beautiful night sky.   For those of you who live in these parts, you may not have taken the time lately to stop and gaze at the Heavens.  Either way, plan a special night out with those beautiful stars of ours.  This area has one of the darkest skies in the lower 48 states which provides the setting for our wonderful night skies.

Nevada Northern Railway's Star Train pulls out of Ely on selected Summer evenings with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard.  These rangers love the night sky as much as we all do, but they probably know a whole lot more about stars than all of us put together.  They will guide us on our journey to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey. 

All Star Train dates have been selected to either be on, or within a few days of a new moon to maximize star viewing. We will stop the train away from town to take full advantage of the dark night skies.  The National Park Service Rangers will have  special telescopes set up for viewing the night sky, and be there to tell us all about it.  Note that the trains depart from and return to Ely with National Park Service Rangers on board.  The train does not travel into or from the National Park.  Ely is the closest town to Great Basin National Park (1h west), so it makes a logical hopping-off point for an extended visit to the Park.

What to expect:

Our trains feature on-board restroom, wheelchair accessibility, and snacks and beverages available for purchase.  All trains here operate on-time, as they have for over a century, so be at the depot ready for boarding 45 minutes before the departure time.   The Star Trains are pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives. Note that we have a steam-powered excursion train departing at 4:30 pm on Friday afternoons, and another one on Saturday. You and your party can get 50% off the second train ride (see below).  Sorry, pets aren't allowed on trains or on the tours.  Service animals are always welcome, but please take necessary precautions for this somewhat noisy, industrial environment.

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Prices and Discounts

2017 Ticket Prices
AdultChild(4-12)Infant (Under 3)
Star Train$39 $20 Free

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