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Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

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Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

It's June 2014. Once again, times change and so do places, so here is the latest update on Beatty. Much of this is based on the 2013 edition, with a few changes.

The most IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR 2014: The Bank of America branch has been replaced by Washington Federal. It is open from 10-3 weekdays, except to 4 on Monday and Friday. There is an outside ATM with a convenience fee.

Beatty is still the best supply center east of Death Valley. If you have to stay outside the park, it is one of the better choices because it is not outrageously far away and it is a nice place. Only Death Valley can give you a real Death Valley experience, but Beatty is a historic desert town founded on mining. Unlike Pahrump, it has not suburbanized and metastasized, but stayed small and kept its simple rural character. In Pahrump’s defense, it is too near Las Vegas, while Beatty is far enough from anything to become a mere bedroom town. It has no "hustle and bustle," and if anything fake showed up, even a visitor could spot it. Beatty is a Real Place.

I have patronized or visited many but not all of these businesses. Other than ones with specific comments, I'm not necessarily endorsing them, but listing them FYI. Check for reviews by other TAs, or check Yelp, Yahoo, or other review websites.

BEATTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:

http://www.beattynevada.org/ (Chamber of Commerce)

LODGINGS:

Death Valley Inn. Hwy 95 south of 374. Exterior is a Spanish villa style with palm trees; just like at Furnace Creek but 35 miles farther from Badwater. Pool, coin laundry, and RV park.

• Stagecoach Inn. Hwy 95 at the north end of town near the post office. Contains Denny's and Subway restaurants, casino, gas station, and Death Valley Nut & Candy Co., one of the most gigantic sweets palaces I have ever seen. FYI: the only access to and from Denny's is through the casino, a palpable miasma of cigarette smoke. If you object to tobacco smoke because of children, health, religion, or simply aesthetics (i.e., it's disgusting and gross), I cannot recommend this Denny's.

• Motel 6. Between the Stagecoach and post office. Laundry room, no pool.

• Atomic Inn. 350 South 1st south of 374. A cluster of modular houses with googie touches (1950s retro based on the space travel craze). It was once Lori's with individual theme rooms, then the Phoenix Inn. It now celebrates its roots as a place where defense contractors working at the nearby Nevada Test Site stayed. No pool.

http://www.atomic-inn.com/

Exchange Club Motel. Hwy 374 at 95. The motel was associated with the Exchange Club, an early 1900s hotel, casino, and restaurant. A hardware store now occupies the former casino and restaurant, but the historic signs remain. The big "Free Parking" arch across the street is from when the Exchange Club casino was a major attraction. No pool.

El Portal Motel. Hwy 374 west of 95, on the quiet side of town. This indie is my favorite sleep in Beatty. It's been in the same family for more than 50 years. It is designed in California Mission style and has a definite period look, but is clean and well-kept. Pool open seasonally.

http://www.elportalmotel.com/

• Bailey's Hot Springs. Hwy 95 just north of town. Tent and RV campsites, hot mineral baths.

http://baileyshotsprings.com/

For other RV parks; see the Chamber of Commerce website.

FOOD:

Lots of choices, mostly locally owned.

• A cluster of eateries and saloons around the junction of U.S. 95 and NV 374, including Sourdough Saloon and Restaurant, Happy Burro Chili and Beer, Beatty Club, and KC's Outpost.

Mel's Diner is on Hwy 95 a quarter mile south of the Hwy 374 intersection, and serves until 3:00 p.m.

• Mama Sara's is a Mexican restaurant that just opened on Hwy 95 a block south of Hwy 374. It's the former site of the Death Valley Firepit BBQ. The family owners are friendly folks, and the place has been redone and lightened up from the previous décor. I had a dinner of carnitas with the traditional sides of frijoles refritos, rice, salad, and tortillas, and salsa with fresh-made chips. The carnitas were more finely shredded than I am used to, but tender and nicely seasoned. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and later on the evening I was there, live music was scheduled for the patio..

• Denny's. Hwy 95 at the Stagecoach Inn. See comments for Stagecoach under LODGING. Subway and DV Nut and Candy (snacks and beverages available) are in a nearby building and are smoke-free. Except for Denny's and Subway, all Beatty restaurants are independent.

• Groceries: Rebel Gas mini-mart, a small store at the Space Station RV Park (both on 374 east of 95), and Death Valley Mercantile on 95 just south of 374.

MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES:

• Museum. Hwy 374 across from the El Portal Motel. Tons of great artifacts and historic Beatty photos to enjoy. Beatty no longer has a National Park visitor center, but the museum can provide visitor info.

• Public library. 400 North 4th Street, with a pretty decent collection.

• Town park, South 3rd Street just west of the Death Valley Inn, with play structures but limited greenery (hey, this IS the desert! Just down the road are almost 5,300 square miles of national park for your kids to hike, run, and climb off their excess energy).

• Mercantile row along Hwy 95 across from the Death Valley Inn. Don't be dissuaded by the shabby look of some of the buildings, shacks, trailers, and yards. There's antiques, jerky, stuffed olives, a hairdresser, salvaged auto parts, and more.

• Baptist, Latter-day Saint, and Community churches. Nearest Catholic church is in Pahrump (75 miles).

• Health clinic (non-emergency), 775-553-2208. Nearest hospital is in Tonopah (nearest to DV on the west is in Lone Pine), but if you're sick or injured enough to be transported, you'll probably be taken to Las Vegas.

• Washington Federal Bank. Hwy 374 at 95. Open 10-3 weekdays except to 4 on Monday and Friday; 24-hour ATM.

• Airport with lighted runway; no fuel or other services. The landing fields at Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells also have no services.

• VFW Post. If you belong to the VFW, it is at 300 Main Street (Hwy 374 west of 95). They renovated the 1906 Episcopal church into their headquarters, largely with members' donated labor. Even if you're not a member, if you were familiar with the old church and the shabby state it had fallen into a few years ago, it’s worth seeing what the veterans have done with this venerable historic landmark.

21 replies to this topic
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1. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

Great update FR. Getting to that Dennys is one of the most smoke filled obstacle courses you can imagine.Yuck!DV Nut and Candy is awesome. Stock up!

It should be told to every visitor... WATCH YOUR SPEED IN/NEAR BEATTY!! Its posted coming into town, be sure to slow down.

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2. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

Excellent F-R. Prob we'll be in Beatty (and DV) again in september.

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3. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

** "It should be told to every visitor... WATCH YOUR SPEED IN/NEAR BEATTY!!" **

I have had one speeding ticket in my entire life, and it was in Beatty. :^(

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4. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

Yes, some towns are notorious for that. We also always are warned for Parker Az.

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5. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

Beatty and environs are one of the most notorious speed traps in western United States. Obviously the local elites support this crookedness or it could not exist. SO by all means go ahead and sleep in Beatty if you want to economize on yr Death Valley trip. BUT do not spend a nickle more there than you have to. And politely make it clear in conversation why you're not buying trinkets, groceries etc. there or spending money at he casino. Give the thieving yokels something to contemplate.

Uden, The...
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6. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

Thanks for the warning. We're heading to Beatty tomorrow....F-R and Dez cheers from Dow Villa where we are staying right now!

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7. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

Frisco RR,

I was viewing everything from the TA Nevada main board, and got lost instantly. However, knowing that the post was from you, I hung in there, and finally the dim lightbulb went off above my pointed little head. Now I understand.

Thanks for the info, and sorry that I was so puzzled,

Hunt

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8. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

** "I was viewing everything from the TA Nevada main board, and got lost instantly." **

I'm glad you found us!

It is so easy to get lost up there on the main Nevada forum. At first glance, you’d think Las Vegas was the only thing in the state. Nothing stays on page 1 for more than an hour, often not even that long. Anyone who posts on the Nevada forum, especially for Las Vegas, absolutely must check off the box to get an e-mail notification of a reply; if they don’t, they may never find their thread again.

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9. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

Thanks for this guide! I'll be going there next year.

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10. Re: Users' Guide to Beatty - June 2014 Update

We had a good stay at Stagecoach in september. Only $ 74,-- good pool but don't expect luxury. The casino is nothing to rave about imo but the DV Nut and candy store is cute. And watch your speed indeed. Police is waiting for you.

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