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


2021 and 2022 Tickets for the Star Train are SOLD OUT
Consider our Sunset Stars and Champagne train


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 constellations.

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

What to expect:

Prices and Discounts

Prices:   Adult: $56    Senior (65+): $50    Child (4-12): $25    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Star Train

Fri, Jul 8th 7:15pm
Fri, Jul 15th 7:15pm
Fri, Jul 22nd 7:15pm
Fri, Jul 29th 7:15pm
Fri, Aug 5th 7:15pm
Fri, Aug 12th 7:15pm
Fri, Aug 19th 7:15pm
Fri, Aug 26th 7:15pm
Fri, Sep 2nd 7:15pm
Fri, Sep 9th 7:15pm
Fri, Sep 16th 7:15pm

Our Star Trains often sell out a year or more in advance....................

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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Jeff Trippe (Westminster, Colorado, US) says...

Seeking release date for the 2023 schedule. Trying to plan a trip for my wife's birthday and 45th wedding anniversary. Please email me as soon as the schedule is released, please.

Admin:

Please note that this comment section is only for comments left by people who have been on the Star Train experience.  It is not the place to ask general questions.  Here are the most frequently asked questions:

Q:  When do the 2023 Star Train events go on sale?

A:  That depends on the National Park Service.  They are generally not ready to commit to a schedule until November or so

Q:  Can you put me on the email list and let me know when tickets go on sale for next year?

A: Yes, we would be happy to. Click this link:  https://www.nnry.com/pages/signup.php

Q:  What is the best way to get tickets for next year?

A:  There is a member-only presale for the first two weeks they are on sale.  Membership starts at $30, and one member can buy tickets for their family.  

We truly wish that we could accommodate more people who want to enjoy this experience.  Our capacity is limited by the number of people that the National Park Rangers can help each night.  We want everyone to have a good experience.  Alternatively, you might want also to consider our other night train, Sunset, Stars, and Champaign 

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Cindy Reynolds (Jackson, New Jersey, US) says...

We are planning our vacation for 2023, traveling from NJ. I have read the other comments- If you have a list to let me know when tickets go on sale, that would be greatly appreciated. I will check regularly, the Star Train has been on our list for this once in a lifetime adventure west!

Thanks, Cindy

Admin:

The 2023 schedule will not be released until late Fall.  Since the guides are Nationa Park Rangers, we have to wait until they are ready with their 2023 schedule.

The Sunset, Stars, and Champaign trains are run completely by the Nevada Northern.  You might want to consider that for either 2022 or 2023. 

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Rhonda Chambliss (El Dorado Hills, California, US) says...

I would like to get on the email list for 2023 tickets for the Star Train, how do I go about doing this?

Admin:

You are on the email list now.  Note that we almost sold out this year in the members-only pre-sale.  

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Valerie (Cleveland, Ohio, US) says...

Do you ever get cancellations and how are those handled? Is there a wait list that can be joined?

Admin:

Cancelations:  It only happens rarely.  Since so many riders come from afar, there is no time for another party to make travel arrangements.  We do not keep a waiting list since in the past it just added frustration to people who were hoping for a seat.  

You might want to consider the Sunset, Stars, and Champaign evening train.  

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wendy (Nyc, New York, US) says...

is there a waiting list I can be put on or a date when the 2023/24 train tickets go on sale?

Admin: Since the Star Train program is in conjunction with the National Park Service, we have to wait for their scheduling to be finalized.  They often do this in late Fall for the following year.  This year when they did it for 2022, it sold out in just a few weeks.  You might want to consider our Sunset, Stars, and Champaign Train that still has availability for 2022.  
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Irina Roney (Temecula, California, US) says...

When will the tickets for 2023 go on sale?

Admin: Irina, We do appreciate your interest and are sorry that the 2022 tickets sold out so quickly.  Seems that everyone wants to get out on a road trip.  We don't blame you a bit.

We are limited on this train because it is done in conjunction with the National Park Service.  They will not be able to give us a commitment regarding their staffing levels until about August or September of next year.  We plan on having a member's pre-sale in late Summer, followed by a general sale.  We will be sending out an email to all of those who have asked about it this year.  
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jams santoro (Keller, Texas, US) says...

when can we buy tickets for 2022 and how often does it run every day ?

how can i get alerts for when it goes pn sale for 2022 cant be sold out already can it?

Admin:

James, yes, unfortunately, it has already sold out 2022.  We sent an email to all members in early August telling them about the on-sale. We still had several trains available when the General Public on-sale occurred on September 1st, but they all sold out by now.  

You might want to consider our Sunset, Stars, and Champaign train.  the 2022 dates for it will go on sale for members on September 15th and for non-members on October 1st.  See https://nnry.com/pages/EveningTrain.php. 

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Sonia Lerebours (New York, New York, US) says...

I live in New York city. How would I make the arrangements to get there? Thanks!

Admin:

Sonia, thanks for the question.  We have a web page on how to get to Ely.  https://nnry.com/pages/gethere.php 

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Sara Carmichael (Las Vegas, Nevada, US) says...

Want to ride the dark sky train with my nephews. Any date would be ok.

Admin:

Sara, we wish that we had some extra tickets for you and your nephews, but they are all sold out for this year.  Depending on their ages, there are other evening trains running this summer that they may enjoy.  Take a look here:  https://nnry.com/pages/special.php 

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Steven Capellen (Hazard, Nebraska, US) says...

When will the Star Train schedule and ticket sales go out for 2022?

Admin:

Many people have been asking about this.  We run the Star Train in conjunction with the National Park Service.  They do not have their schedule finalized; possibly as late as December or January.  In the meantime, you may want to consider the Sunset, Champaign, and Stars train

You can also sign up for our mailing list and be the first to know about the Star Train 2022 schedule.  

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

When do tickets for 2021 go on sale

Admin:

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 very late this year.  We will be sending out an email to all of our members as soon as we finalize our schedule for next year.  

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

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

Admin:

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. 
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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.

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

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

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