As explained in the other reviews, Rhyolite is nothing more than a small area of abandoned buildings in the middle of the desert. Sometimes rangers give tours, which makes a visit much more interesting. The surprise for me was the amazing photo opportunities Rhyolite offered, even at high noon.
My visit was in late March. The sky was a picture perfect blue, and the hills containing the gold mines loomed behind the shells of buildings at just the right angle. The colors popped, even in broad daylight.
Although it's not easy to find, the cemetary is worth a visit. There's a small sign for it off the main road from the highway to the buildings. The sign points down a side road that contains a current settlement and housing of some sort. Then you turn left and follow what amounts to a set of tire tracks through the desert. About halfway back to the main road, there's a turnoff to the left. The rotting wooden tombstones, some decorated with coins, make it worth the trip ... whether or not you're there to take pictures.
This is NOT a tourist trap, not an attraction that's fun for kids. There's nothing to buy and the only restrooms are basically enclosed port-a-potties. But it's a real place, and the buildings suggest real stories of the lives of the real people who once lived in this tough location.
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