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 telescopes 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.

ALSO CONSIDER: Our Sunset, Stars, and Champagne Train departing most Summer Saturday evenings. It is a larger train with similar views of our night sky.

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. We will stop the train away from town to take full advantage of the dark night skies.  The National Park Service Rangers will be taking us on our own special tour of the celestial constilations.

Watch a video of the experience as covered on the CBS This Morning Show

What to expect:

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Prices and Discounts

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

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

SOLD OUT?   We understand how frustrating that must be. The best solution to the Star Trains being sold out is:

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Comments (6)

Joan Helland (Alexandria, Virginia, US) says...

When do tickets for 2021 go on sale


Joan. thanks for asking about the Star Train for next year.  We would love to run the train every night, but in reality, the schedule depends on the Great Basin National Park and their Dark Rangers - Night Sky program.  

Great Basin will not have next year's schedule available until October or November.  We will be sending out an email to all of our members as soon as we finalize our schedule for next year.  

erika levine-irigoyen (Rego Park, New York, US) says...

Will you be adding another day to the night time star train?


We sincerely thank everyone for their interest in the Star Train.  We are receiving several comments like this every day.  As much as we would like to add more Star Trains in 2020, that is not possible.  Star Trains are run in conjunction with Great Basin National Park.  The number of trains we can run is limited by the National Park resources, including their famous "Dark Ranger" astronomy-certified park rangers.  They also have to run the Night Sky program in the park, so they can not provide us more evenings........Which brings us to the next suggestion:

We understand how frustrating that must be to have missed out on the Star Train for 2020. The best solution to the Star Trains being sold out is

  1. Come to Ely and use that as your base-camp.  There is plenty of lodging in town
  2. Enjoy riding one of our other trains, either the regular excursion trains, or the special/theme trains
  3. Drive out to Great Basin to attend one of their other evening Star Programs.  It is only an hour's drive. Ely is the closest city to Great Basin. 
Charles Wagner (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, US) says...

I use to live in Las Vegas and nobody ever told me about this WHY lol..

I would love to do this.

teresa k curto (Ely, Nevada, US) says...

done this quite a few times.. always fun and cool to see the stars and planets

Jo says...
Glad we went. Skies beautiful as you know and it was a great experience. Thanks so much!!
Jo says...
Glad we went. Skies beautiful as you know and it was a great experience. Thanks so much!!