Nelson Ghost Town in the Eldorado Canyon

Nelson Ghost Town Tours

Nelson Nevada, in the Eldorado Canyon, population 37, is a historical ghost town filled with fascinating remnants of the past, unique artifacts, a gift shop, and a mine that dates to the 1800’s. Rich in gold, silver, copper, and lead during that time, Nelson was the site of one of the largest booms the state of Nevada ever had.

The wild west history here was as wild as it gets, as Nelson was one of the most lawless places in the entire west in the late 1800’s and the history is full of bloodshed and corruption... fun, right!?

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About Nelson in the Eldorado Canyon

The word “Eldorado” means “City of Gold”, and the Techatticup Mine, also known as the Eldorado Mine, was the centerpiece of Nelson’s nefarious history. The man the name town is named after, Charles Nelson, was slain in his home along with four other people in 1897 by a ‘renegade’ Native American named Avate.

The town was a magnet for civil war deserters from both the North and South, due to the remoteness of the area and allure of getting rich via mining. While in Nelson, we will have 45 minutes to wander the grounds and the fascinating antiques and artifacts in the gift shop. This time does not include the potential mine tour.

Nelson Ghost Town Guided Tours Nevada

Distance: (Bridge Spring Arch, part of tour)

  • 1.8 mile round trip / 2.7 kilometers

Elevation Gain:

  • 216 feet / 66 meters

Summit Elevation:

  • 3,665 feet / 1,118 meters

Challenge Rating:

  • Easy to Moderate

Estimated Total Time of Trip including Transport:

  • 5-6 hours


  • 1 Person- $280
  • 2 people- $470
  • 3 People -$585

Hike to Bridge Spring Arch, Colorado River stroll, and lunch in Boulder City

(Possible add-on Techatticup Mine Tour at Nelson, not included in price, not guaranteed to happen)

We will attempt to arrange a one hour and ten-minute mine tour for an additional $15 per person, not included in the Breakaway tour price. The mine tour may or may not happen, as the facility requires a minimum of four people on each tour, and we are at the mercy of whether they are running the tour on any given day.

The mine tours start at 9 AM and Noon. Regardless of whether the mine tour happens, this will be an amazing day, because in addition to checking out Nelson, we will drive down to the beautiful banks of the Colorado river and walk around in the area where steamboats used to provide the main mode of transport in and out of this remote area. We will then take a 1.9-mile roundtrip hike (moderate difficulty) to a natural rock arch. After our hike, we will have lunch at the famous Southwest Diner in Boulder City and then head for home, fat and happy!

Where is the Nelson Ghost Town?

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Groups and Special Events

Whether you want to conduct a corporate team building exercise, surprise the love of your life with a wedding proposal, or mix up your bachelor's or bachelorette trip with an outdoor adventure, or a custom tour, we may be able to accommodate.

Just call Dave at 702-321-1611 to describe requirements, and he can provide a quote.