Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV



Sunset on the Steptoe Valley
Sunset on the Steptoe Valley
Sunset on the Steptoe Valley
The amazing night sky on the Steptoe Valley
See the Milky Way

Sunset Stars and Champagne Train

See the sun set and the stars come out in Ely's Steptoe Valley


Fast Facts

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 and night 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.

Closing Through April 30th


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.

  • 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

    Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

    Dates and Tickets for Sunset Stars and Champagne

    There are also other specially themed / evening trains.  Click here for a listing of trains that are not sold out.

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