Silver State Sights - Beatty: The Gateway to Death Valley
The small town of Beatty Nevada is generally not a destination, but rather a stop on a journey.
“It’s a good place to off-road, and really enjoy the other side of Nevada other than Vegas or Reno,” said Randal Davis, a frequent visitor to Beatty.
The most common destination is featured in Beatty’s nickname – the gateway to Death Valley.
Beatty is where many traveling to Death Valley will stay along the way to save money.
“Down there you can spend $300- $350 a night for a room; here it's $100 or less,” said Jim Henderson, who manages the Stagecoach Casino in Beatty.
“People are starting to realize that they can stay in Beatty, and see the upper half of Death Valley. Then they can stay here, come back the next day and do the second part,” said Beatty resident Carl Olsen.
And the reputation of Death Valley brings people from a long way away.
“Believe it or not you get a lot of European tourists that stay here to visit Death Valley National Park," Davis said. "They want to experience 130-degree weather. They just want to see what it feels like.”
The most popular tourist stop in Beatty is the Eddie World. A gas station features a Subway, Jed’s Jerky, and a selection of candy and snacks that won’t be easily topped.
And despite its small size, Beatty is modernizing. It recently became Nevada’s first all-fiber internet community, and was the first stop on Nevada’s electric highway, with charging stations added so those with electric cars can make the trip from Reno to Vegas.