& Candelaria, Bodie, Aurora GHOST Towns.
Hawthorne - Mina - Schurz - Nevada


Mining Camps

Ghost Towns

All along Highway 95 and nearby connected roads (otherwise know as Nevada Silver Trails Territory) are Ghost Towns & Ghost Mining camps. From Aurora about 18 miles outside of Hawthorne to Candeleria at the far southern end of Mineral County do we have Ghost Towns for you to explore.
There are also short day trips to Bodie, Mono & Mammoth Lakes. And while your at, it don't forget all the Ghost Camps in between, especially in Mina if your an avid ATV/OHVer. What with perhaps 1,000 miles of open dirt roads and trails to such places as Cabin under a Rock to the Ghost Carp Boat way behind Walker Lake to The Car Frame Windmill near the Ghost Mining camp of Poinsettia we got you covered in DirtRoad Fun.


Vehicle Madness

Off Roading & OHV/ATV Fun

Approximately 1,000 miles of dirt roads and trails is what we have for your 4x4, ATV, or OHV adventure. Many a Poker Run has been held on these dirt roads and trails. To get to many of the Ghost Towns/Ghost Mining camps and petrogylhs you'll be travel-in on dirt roads, most are 2wd in good weather however some are indeed either and or only accessible by 4x4  or ATV. Don't forget to explore the lava beds and old Underground (cold cellar) at Fletcher Stage Stop / Lava spring


We have many suggested Itineraries for 4wd, 2wd & OHV's around Hawthorne and a bunch for ATV's in particular around Mina. See "OUTDOOR" pages for details.


Recently FY20-21 we were given yet Two more NCOT grants to advertise Walker Lake, The BigHorn Campground & Crossing Areas off of Hwy 95. So we ran 2 different COVID safety messaging TV PSA ads for the most of the Month of December. Telling tourists how easy it is to social distance while having a great time here.

1942 USO Bldg.

Convention Center

1942 USO/Courage Theater

Hawthorne Convention Center

USO Las Vegas now displaying in the Las Vegas Airport the history of the Hawthorne USO. 
Perhaps 5,000 sailors danced with our USO Junior Hostess Ruby Hume. Yes in 1942 she was 16 and did she dance up a storm (uh lots of Romance). Oops maybe we weren't suppose to say that. Hmm. But we can say about 9 years ago a film crew came and filmed a Re-creation Dance of the 1940's here in our very own 1942 Hawthorne USO with Ruby as the Star (or so we like to think). The Auditorium (Courage Theater) is now restored to how it looked in 1942. With its majestic 1942 Cathedral open Truss Ceiling, & hard wood dance floor. Perfect for Small Intimate Weddings. Be sure to check out the National Register of Historic Places plaque on the front of this classic 1942 USO Kit* Building. One of only a few of hundreds built and which remain, let alone restored and being used basically as it was back in 1942-45.
Thank you Las Vegas USO for the Donation of the Wonderful very Descriptive Historic Plaque. Listed in Wikipedia.



Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

 Hawthorne prides itself in calling the town "Americas Patriotic Home".  Now with a Patton Tank you can climb into! This is how we make those that have served or have family and or friends that have served feel more than welcome to Hawthorne / Mineral County. Commemorating the thousands of Military, Civil Service and Civilian Corporate Personnel that have made significant, and even the ultimate contribution in defending the Freedom of this Great Nation is what this Museum Veterans Park and town are about.

 The Hawthorne Ordnance Museum commemorates the history of the Ammunition Depot and it's mission in defending the freedom of our country. Listed in Wikipedia.