See the sun set and the stars come out in Ely's Steptoe Valley
WHAT: Come see the heavens through special telescopes for
viewing the night sky. NPS rangers will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey.
WHEN: Select Saturday 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 sunsets
skies. 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 evening out
admiring the sunset as it sinks over the Steptoe Valley, and witness the 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.
Experience a marvelous western sunset and watch the stars come out, while enjoying a relaxing train ride in Nevada's high desert country. The train takes you out into the desert, above Steptoe Valley, giving you a wonderful panoramic view of the sunset. On the return trip, enjoy looking up at the stars, as they come out in the heavens above. Weather permitting, you should be able to clearly see the heavens with your naked eye. Bring your smartphone to help orient you to the night sky.
Please note, we do not bring telescopes on this train. During the trip, enjoy a sparkly glass of champagne, included with your ticket fare. Additional glasses of champagne and other adult beverages will also be available for sale. For those non-champagne drinkers we have sparkling cider and other non alcoholic drinks.
Due to the Corona virus we will be closed to the public through April 30th.
We will continue working in our shops, including returning
Locomotive 81 to service. Many of the restoration expenses will continue, so your memberships and donations are all the more important during these times.
We would like the opportunity to reschedule
your visit to the Railroad for later in the season. If you are
scheduled prior to April 30th then give us a call at (775) 289-2085
There is no word yet on the rest of the
season. Like you, we want to return to full service as soon as
Our trains feature on-board restroom, wheelchair accessibility, and snacks and beverages available for purchase.
The Evening Star Trains are pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives, and leave
before sunset, so you will have a chance to see the sun as it sinks down over
the Steptoe Valley. It is a great time of day to admire the rural
Intermountain West at its best.
It is usually clear up here at night,
but the train will still operate regardless of what Mother Nature dishes up.
Would you also like to take the trip up toward the old Ruth Mining
District on a train pulled by a steam locomotive? Who wouldn't?
We also have a steam-powered excursion train
departing at 4:30 pm on Friday afternoons, and another one at 1:00 pm on Saturday.
During the check-out process you can add a Four-Day pass at a reduced rate to go
on additional train rides while
you are here.
Prices and Discounts
Members receive 10% to 90% discount on train tickets
depending on their membership level. Membership discounts are applied
automatically on-line when you log in to your member account. Memberships start at only $30.
White Pine County Residents who are not members can
sign up for a White Pine Pass for free that entitles you to 10% off train tickets. Sign-up in person for free at the ticket window.
Just bring your drivers license to prove residency. Once you have your card the discount is applied automatically
when you log in to your account.
Groups of 12 or more should call (775) 289-2085 to arrange their group visit at a discount.
Can't Get Enough Trains? We completely understand. You can buy a Four-Day
Pass upgrade to also ride any regularly scheduled excursion train
while you are here. Add the Four-Day pass upgrade option when you check out.
No passes or other discounts apply to these Special / Evening trains.