Do you laugh in the face of horror or adventure? Do you enjoy discovering new places that’ll get your adrenaline rushing? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, you’re in luck because many of these places, whether they’re haunted places or places that offer thrill-seeking adventures, can be found right here in the Silver State.
These 11 places in Nevada are great to check out the next time you’re feeling fearless:
1. Truckee River Whitewater Park - Reno, NV
Kayaking on the Truckee River is as fearless as it gets. The rapids can be strong, so be careful. One of the best places for the ultimate kayaking experience is the Truckee River Whitewater Park, which is located in the heart of Reno's downtown area.
2. Bonnie Springs Ranch - Las Vegas, NV
Supposedly, Bonnie Springs Ranch is haunted by a little girl in the schoolhouse. Witnesses have also reported hearing voices in the wax museum and seeing figures move on their own. Are you brave enough to visit this haunted ranch?
3. Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, NV
It's believed that the Mizpah Hotel is haunted by a few prostitutes from its early days. The most famous prostitute, "Lady in Red," is known to touch men's hair or rub up against them. Her ghost can sometimes be seen speaking to the ghost of a miner. If you're feeling fearless, book yourself a room at this historic hotel. And who knows? You might even meet a few ghosts during your stay.
4. Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs Trail - Boulder City, NV
This popular trail is for the ultimate fearless hiker. The length is about 4 miles out and back, and it's rather difficult. Halfway through the hike, you'll come across water. The second half of the hike has very rough terrain. Be careful!
5. Shark Tank Pool and Waterslide at the Golden Nugget - Las Vegas, NV
The Golden Nugget's award winning Shark Tank Pool and Waterslide allows guests to get up close with some of the ocean's deadliest beings. Imagine sliding through the tank in their one-of-a-kind waterslide while sharks surround you. You've got to be feeling fearless to even think about doing something like that. I couldn't imagine being that close to a school of sharks.
6. Stratosphere Tower - Las Vegas, NV
With a height of 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Tower is America's tallest freestanding observation tower. This Las Vegas attraction is popular among tourists wanting to experience the best view of the city, no matter how high they have to be. The Stratosphere Tower is definitely not recommended for those afraid of heights.
7. Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon - Boulder City, NV
Imagine ziplining over the Mojave Desert while traveling at speeds up to 60+ mph. Sounds pretty awesome, right? At Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, participants will complete four different ziplines. And between these four ziplines, the participants will cover more than 8,000 feet. This experience will last approximately three hours, and it's perfect for those not afraid of heights.
8. SkyJump at the Stratosphere Tower - Las Vegas, NV
For those of you feeling extra fearless, how does diving off the Stratosphere Tower sound? The SkyJump, one of the Stratosphere Tower's rides, lets thrill seekers jump from 829 feet. SkyJump is a scream-inducing, adrenaline-pumping jump that holds the Guinness World Record for highest commercial decelerator descent. So, are you brave enough to dive off America's tallest freestanding observation tower?
9. Yellow Jacket Mine - Gold Hill, NV
In 1869, a fire broke out at this mine, which lead to the untimely death of more than 35 miners. Not all of their bodies were recovered, and it's believed that the spirits of 11 miners stayed behind to haunt the mine. Are you brave enough to visit this historic mine to find out whether or not these miners did indeed stay behind?
10. Clown Motel - Tonopah, NV
Tonopah's Clown Motel is full of clowns. Lots and lots of clowns! If clowns don't fill you with fear, you'll definitely want to stay at the Clown Motel. It'll be one of the most unique hotel experiences you'll ever have. And if you happen to be feeling extra courageous, request a second-floor room for a great view of the Tonopah Cemetery. It's packed with graves of miners who experienced an unpleasant death, and many guests have reported seeing their spirits.
11. The Town of Rachel, Nevada
The town of Rachel is located along the world's only Extraterrestrial Highway. Since the late 1980s, this tiny town has been a popular destination among UFO fans because of its proximity to Area 51, in addition to the hundreds of UFO sightings in the area. Rachel has been referred to as the "UFO Capital of the World" and welcomes visitors from all over the world. If you're not afraid of possibly coming into contact with a few extra terrestrials, this tiny town is definitely a great place to visit.
Would you consider yourself the ultimate thrill seeker? What other great places in Nevada are worth checking out whenever you’re feeling fearless?