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The most IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR 2014: The Bank of America branch has been replaced by Washington Federal.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)
• 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.
• 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.
• Bailey's Hot Springs. Hwy 95 just north of town. Tent and RV campsites, hot mineral baths.
For other RV parks; see the Chamber of Commerce website.
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.
• 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.