PIOCHE

Pioche is Nevada’s most notorious (and liveliest) ghost town. Tucked high in the mountains on U.S. 93, it’s your gateway to Echo Canyon and Spring Valley State Parks, where you can camp, boat, fish, view wildlife via the Mount Wilson Backcountry Byway or hit one of the trailheads of the Silver State ATV Trail.

But for a different kind of adventure, you may want to journey into Pioche’s history. It was a silver mining boomtown in the 1800s, famous for its rowdy, gun-slinging, lawless crowd. Outlaws, bandits and shootouts claimed the lives of 72 people in the town before a single resident died of natural causes.

You can glimpse this wild past at “Boot Hill,” a sectioned-off part of the town’s cemetery where outlaws were buried separately from respectable folk. You can also tour the original town jail, with 16-inch walls and windows so small daylight barely seeps in. This jail is part of the “Million-Dollar Courthouse,” so-called because of its exorbitant cost due to political interference, rumors of bribery and longstanding interest payments.

There’s more history to sample on Main Street, where you’ll find the Lincoln County Museum. It’s full of relics from the town’s rich past, along with an extensive mineral display mined from nearby ore deposits. The town park features a railroad engine that was originally used to help haul mining equipment. And historic buildings like the 1873 opera house, 1895 Mountain View Hotel and the 1912-era school building give you a sense of the original wild West – with none of the danger.

 

For more information about the town of Pioche, visit piochenevada.com

Lodging

Motels

Hutchings Motel
411 Lacour St.
Pioche, NV
775.962.5831
hutchingsmotel.com

Motherlode Motel
378 Lacour St.
Pioche, NV

775.962.5159
piochenevada.com/visit/lodging

Overland Hotel and Saloon
85 Main St.
Pioche, NV
775.962.5895
piochenevada.com/visit/lodging

Wright’s Country Cabins
704 Main St.
Pioche, NV
866.810.7303
piochenevada.com/visit/lodging

RV Parks / Camping

Eagle Valley Resort
12555 Resort Rd. – 15 miles east of Pioche
775.962.5293
eaglevalleynv.com/page/page/1814033.htm

Echo Canyon State Park
State Route 322 – 12 miles east of Pioche
775.962.5103
parks.nv.gov/parks/echo-canyon

Pioche RV Park & Campground
462 Bush St.
Pioche, NV
775.962.3772

Roll Inn RV Park & Laundry
387 Main St.
Pioche, NV
775.962.5735
piochenevada.com/visit/lodging

Spring Valley State Park
State Route 322 – 20 miles east of Pioche
775.962.5102
parks.nv.gov/parks/spring-valley

Food

Restaurants

Ghost Town Art & Coffee Co.
597 Main St.
Pioche, NV
775.962.5229
piochenevada.com/visit/dining

Historic Silver Cafe
673 Main St.
Pioche, NV
775.962.5124
piochenevada.com/visit/dining

Stores

Tillie’s Mini Mart
704 Main St.
Pioche, NV
775.962.5205

 

 

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