Covid-19 Advisory:

  1. We follow the Nevada State Reopening Guidelines and ask all visitors to follow proper social distancing and wear face coverings.
  2. Per Governor’s Mandate, as of June 26th, face coverings are required in public in Nevada. 
  3. Our park is open for walking tours only. Please check in outside the Visitor Center. You can walk or drive to the Visitor Center.
  4. Our Visitor Center is closed for your safety. Park staff will meet you outside.
  5. Admission for walking tours is FREE until we can fully open again.
  6. While we are usually a hands-on museum, we kindly ask you to not touch artifacts during this time.
  7. Guided Polaris Tours are temporarily unavailable. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
  8. Please bring water, wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes, and dress appropriately. We are at an elevation of over 6,000 feet on the side of a mountain. You will be exposed to sun and high winds.
  9. Our staff is dedicated to your safety and will clean facilities daily. We are providing hand sanitizer upon your arrival.
  10. We continue to update our indoor exhibits during this time. Be sure to come back when we are back to full operations again.

Experience the Tonopah Historic Mining Park~

The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is located on the site of the original mining claims that started the rush to Tonopah, making it “Queen of the Silver Camps”.

Jim and Belle Butler’s strike in 1900 brought the United States into the 20th Century, and many of the mining processing techniques developed during that time are still being used today.

The park encompasses portions of four of the original major mining companies and covers more than 100 acres.  This rich history is brought to life through preserved and restored equipment and buildings, historic exhibits, video presentations (in our on-site theater), and a self-guided tour.  Learn More…

Introduction to Blacksmithing Classes 2020 Schedule is here

Restoration of the Silver Top began in August of 2019

The head frame was stabilized and some of its pieces were removed. In September of 2019, the Silver Top head frame was cut off its original foundation and moved off to the side.

The Silver Top Head Frame is back on its new foundation! Photos of the move can be seen on the Silver Top’s page.

Recent Comments~

“What a museum you have! Our initial thought was that you have moved artifacts to the park. It never occurred to us that the mining park is composed of actual mines. This is an accomplishment that as far as we know has no equal.”

“The Historical Park is huge, covering acres of actual mining sites. Mining sites, equipment and shafts are preserved exactly where they were used in 1904. Because the park covers various mines the self guided tour can take hours of walking. We decided to take the Polaris Guided Tour ($10 each) What a pleasure to be driven to all the highlights with a well informed and enthusiast guide after watching the 20 minute historical movie. HOME RUN!”

Mizpah Collar Reconstruction is complete!

The three-compartment Mizpah Shaft – with two compartments for ore haulage and hoisting of equipment, and the third being a manway compartment – was opened for the first time in years. Read more here…

Mining Park Hours

Open 7 days a week
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed all Federal & State U.S. Holidays.

Small and large groups are welcome.  Please call (775) 482-9274 at least 48 hours ahead of scheduled visit.

Mining Park Rates

Visitor Center & Movie

FREE

Mining Park Gate Fees (Self-Guided Walking Tour):

$5.00  for Adults
$3.00  for Senior Citizens (60 and older), Children (8-17) & Locals.
FREE  for Children 7 and under
FREE  for Active Military & Veterans
$1/child for School groups-chaperones FREE

Contact park staff for other groups

Guided Polaris Tours (includes Gate Fee)*:

Handicapped Visitors  FREE
1 person:      $12.00 =$12/person
2 persons:    $20.00 =$10/person
3 persons:    $27.00 =$9/person
4 persons:    $32.00 =$8/person
5 persons:    $35.00 =$7/person

*Discount per Active Military Member/Veteran = $5.00 on Polaris Tours; We apologize for any inconvenience, but discounts cannot be applied on gift certificates for Guided Polaris Tours. We recommend scheduling tours in advance. Based on staff availability.

Rates as of January 1, 2019

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The Tonopah Historic Mining Park Foundation is undertaking several Major Restoration Projects.

In operation from 1902 to 1948, the Silver Top mine headframe (left) is one of three complete hoisting works located at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park.  The failure of the front foundations caused the front feet to drop down and spread away from the rear feet.  A stress crack has developed in one of the rear foundation footings, the cage rails have been broken and several structural trusses have pulled loose and fallen.

The Desert Queen mine headframe (right) was in use from 1901 to 1929.  One of the major diagonal frame members is completely rotted at the footing, and several structural trusses have pulled loose and fallen.

Learn more about our Headframe Restoration Projects.

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The Tonopah Historic Mining Park Foundation is a Nevada 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose purpose is to preserve Nevada’s mining history, heritage, and the life surrounding it at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. Contributions may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 170(c). All contributions made to the Tonopah Historic Mining Park Foundation become its sole property and will be used as determined by the Board of Trustees.
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