Ely, Nevada lodging ~ help please!

Old Jun 17th, 2005, 06:37 AM
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Ely, Nevada lodging ~ help please!

Did a search and found very little....

There are two Best Westerns (19 & 21 rooms each -- which is better - neither is listed in AAA) or a Ramada Casino.
The Holiday Inn JUST closed May 11 - anyone know what it may have become, if anything?

This is for one night after exploring Great Basin National Park, and on the way to Yosemite.

Any thoughts, or other options that come to mind? Thank you!
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:10 AM
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The Ramada for sure. Not much in Ely. I believe the Best Westerns are pretty old. While you are at Great Basin NP, be sure to take the Lehman Caves tour -it's beautiful in there!! We love to have lunch in the little cafe next to the visitors center and often stop there on our way from California to Utah. Have fun!
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 09:06 AM
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Thank you so much Gloria! Just the kind of info i was looking for.

Also, if we arrive at Great Basin after 6pm, do you think the cafe will still be open? Can't find that info on their website.

Also, i realize its in Pacific time, so approx how many hours of daylight do you think we'll still have to see the bristlecones?
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Hi Ellen,

What a socker about the Holiday Inn. We know of it because they had a small full hook-up campground that they allowed free camping so we have camped there two different times. I went looking and found that it is now the Prospector Hotel and Casino. Sorry I can't tell you what the rooms were like, but when we were standing in line waiting to register in 2001 the people before us paid $86 for a room and we got a full hook up campsite for free! I wonder if they still have the campground open. Here is the link:

http://www.prospectorhotelandcasino.com/?src=overture

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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 09:13 AM
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Thanks Utahtea! I'll check into that one, too. Interesting tho, isn't it!?
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I don't know if the cafe will be open in the evenings. It's kind of a breakfast, lunch thing - ice cream, etc., so maybe not. It should get dark about 8:30 pm. The drive up Wheeler Peek in the park is beautiful. The distances in Nevada are great. We always make sure we have a cooler with drinks and some food when we travel across Nevada. Have fun!
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Ellen,

When you check would you please ask if they still have the campground and what they charge. Thanks!

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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 12:10 PM
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Hi Gloria, thanks for the reply. We too travel with a cooler so we're prepared. Do you know if the park is open beyond the visitor center hours?

Utahtea, the prospector still operates the campground, and the 'total' is $16.59 with free use of the pool and fitness room. Their room rates are similar to the ramada, which we'll likely use since we collect points (from nearly every chain

And while i have you two any last minute info or feedback re routes 50 and 6 to Yosemite? Is it an easy drive, in terms of traffic, speed etc?
(utahtea, i've already noted and will look before tonopah for the 'tall rock formation' that you mentioned on another thread.

Thanks again for your help!
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I don't know if the park is open past visitor hours. There are campgrounds there, so I would imagine you can drive in anytime. Highway 50 is known at the "loneliest road in the U.S.", so make sure you have gas in your tank. Have a great time!
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From Benton on Hwy 120 towards Yosemite is really scenic!

I've also heard someone else say that Hwy 120 though the park has been plowed but there are still avalanch warnings and the road hasn't been opened yet to the public.

I forgot...when is your trip?

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