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Old 04-08-2018, 08:21 PM
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Default Ely, Nevada

Thinking of flying there to visit in a couple of weeks. Have spent a bit of time in the area exploring by ground transportation vehicle while passing through but apparently local car rental and transportation is challenging if flying in. Anyone with local experience?i

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Old 04-08-2018, 08:41 PM
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I was there a few months ago, Very accommodating but I don't recall if they have a car.
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Old 04-09-2018, 06:20 AM
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I was there about a year ago. Check with the skydiving club...it is of international fame, even the military trains there. So there must be a demand for rental cars. The restaurant that supports the skydiving club is a must stop.

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Skydiving? At Ely? Are you sure you’re not thinking about Eloy AZ?

Last time we were in Ely, there was a courtesy car, but no rental. Summer before last, we kept our Four-Runner out there becasue Louise was goign back and forth setting up a convention, but we brought that back. Neat part fo the country, worth a visit if you love the basin and range....

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Old 04-09-2018, 09:49 AM
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Skydiving? At Ely? Are you sure you’re not thinking about Eloy AZ?

Last time we were in Ely, there was a courtesy car, but no rental. Summer before last, we kept our Four-Runner out there becasue Louise was goign back and forth setting up a convention, but we brought that back. Neat part fo the country, worth a visit if you love the basin and range....

Paul
Good to know, thanks Paul. Usually when I travel through that part of the world I'm in this:



But this time it will be a quick trip, just hoping to get into town for the night. And yep, I do love the basin & range. Have traveled extensively through it in the above-noted vehicle (photo taken at Ophir Summit).
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:53 AM
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Lars--- if time permits, stop off here in Dayton and say hi. Guest room available if you need it.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:27 AM
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Lars,

Looks like the only option in Ely is a U-Haul van. The upside is that you could sleep in it. Otherwise, the closest car rental appears to be in Fallon.

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Old 04-09-2018, 11:31 AM
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Skydiving? At Ely? Are you sure you’re not thinking about Eloy AZ?

Last time we were in Ely, there was a courtesy car, but no rental. Summer before last, we kept our Four-Runner out there becasue Louise was goign back and forth setting up a convention, but we brought that back. Neat part fo the country, worth a visit if you love the basin and range....

Paul
Dang Paul...you are correct! Having a senior moment I guess. I'll delete the post.

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Old 04-09-2018, 11:41 AM
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Default Ely, from a resident. KELY airport

I have lived in Ely for 8 years. Never have seen a skydiver here. But imagine my excitement at seeing our little town in a post! Random info for transients follows:

The FBO has a loaner pickup truck that is generally made available even for trips to the Great Basin National Park some 65 miles away. Call FBO manager Tim at 775-289-8804. Tim is top notch and has worked there for years. The FBO owner changed hands a little over a year ago, and I can't say the same for the new FBO out of state owner. Prices up and services down. No more A&P/IA. Sunday fuel sometimes by call-out with fee. No more rental cars at airport. Limited aviation oil/parts stock. Overnight in the FBO hangar was $35/night, but raised by new owner to $175/night. They apparently have really special 100LL since it is now the most expensive at non-towered airports in Nevada. $5.49, last I checked. Suggest you check Airnav for updates. NOTE: nearby airport 1L1, Lincoln County Airport in Panaca, just opened self serve 100LL pumps at $4.25/gallon. $4.98 at even-closer Eureka O5U (that is letter o). Anywhere is cheaper.

There are no rental cars (or cab service) for local use or people stuck out of town due to breakdown or animal collision. But, as mentioned, there is a good U-Haul dealer well stocked with box trucks (no vans or pickups), and sometimes one-way rentals gets those stranded to Elko (175 miles) or Las Vegas (242 miles) where there are rental cars. There might be a "Lyft" service soon, I am told. I may be able to loan a car for local use, as I live 2 miles from the airport. Some of the local hotels will pickup/drop off: Hotel Nevada (775) 289-6665 recommended. Was the tallest building in all of Nevada (6 stories) when built in the 1920's. Fun and historic place to visit, with reasonable prices and 24 hour restaurant.

Aviation info: There are 2 RVs here. An RV6 (serial number 5!) and my RV8A (not flying, pending panel upgrade). A Bearhawk, a SkyRanger, a Rans S7S, and a Kolb experimental, as well as another 4 or 5 single engine Cessnas. No twins. Note: Experimental owners have some RV parts and tools. Field elevation is 6,250, and in the hotter part of summer density altitudes run 9,000 feet and even 10,000 a few afternoons each year. ASOS works well and carries the DA. Two runways, taxiways are rough, check NOTAMS on one partial taxiway closure. Generally, the summer weather is excellent; with low humidity, a 90 degree day is comfortable. Scarcely does it go over 95 degrees.

Other attractions in the area: the Nevada Northern Historical Railroad Museum with diesel and steam train rides and rentals, and a working steam train shop that is very welcoming to visitors (Head of Maintenance owns the Rans S7S mentioned above and is a retired airline flight engineer). And the Great Basin National Park --a beautiful park surrounding Mt. Wheeler at over 13,000 foot elevation. You can visit the high mountain lakes with short hikes and Bristlecone Pines, the oldest living plants on earth. It is a relatively new park, little if any crowds or fees. Nice! They have incredible astronomy shows during the summer with friendly/knowledgeable Rangers and high end telescopes for viewing, a feature of the local "dark skies" initiative in the region. The gateway town is Baker Nevada (year round population <100) which has accommodations at the Border Inn and Casino (775-234-7300) and the Stargazer Inn (775) 234-7323).

Special event attraction: Ely plans to host its first ever F-1 class air race this summer on June 13-16. Looks like it is coming together. If it does, more web and press info in the coming month. Nice thing is that the airport is getting an injection of paint and improvements by the County and the Tourism Board.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:57 AM
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Lars--- if time permits, stop off here in Dayton and say hi. Guest room available if you need it.
Thanks, Mike. We may well drop in for a visit. Traveling with an old friend, planning on doing a central Nevada aerial tour instead of our usual Spring Bronco trip. Among other things hoping to stop at N15 so I can pay another visit here: https://travelnevada.com/discover/31...ky-spur-saloon

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I have lived in Ely for 8 years. Never have seen a skydiver here. But imagine my excitement at seeing our little town in a post! Random info for transients follows:

The FBO has a loaner pickup truck that is generally made available even for trips to the Great Basin National Park some 65 miles away. Call FBO manager Tim at 775-289-8804. Tim is top notch and has worked there for years. The FBO owner changed hands a little over a year ago, and I can't say the same for the new FBO out of state owner. Prices up and services down. No more A&P/IA. Sunday fuel sometimes by call-out with fee. No more rental cars at airport. Limited aviation oil/parts stock. Overnight in the FBO hangar was $35/night, but raised by new owner to $175/night. They apparently have really special 100LL since it is now the most expensive at non-towered airports in Nevada. $5.49, last I checked. Suggest you check Airnav for updates. NOTE: nearby airport 1L1, Lincoln County Airport in Panaca, just opened self serve 100LL pumps at $4.25/gallon. $4.98 at even-closer Eureka O5U (that is letter o). Anywhere is cheaper.

There are no rental cars (or cab service) for local use or people stuck out of town due to breakdown or animal collision. But, as mentioned, there is a good U-Haul dealer well stocked with box trucks (no vans or pickups), and sometimes one-way rentals gets those stranded to Elko (175 miles) or Las Vegas (242 miles) where there are rental cars. There might be a "Lyft" service soon, I am told. I may be able to loan a car for local use, as I live 2 miles from the airport. Some of the local hotels will pickup/drop off: Hotel Nevada (775) 289-6665 recommended. Was the tallest building in all of Nevada (6 stories) when built in the 1920's. Fun and historic place to visit, with reasonable prices and 24 hour restaurant.

Aviation info: There are 2 RVs here. An RV6 (serial number 5!) and my RV8A (not flying, pending panel upgrade). A Bearhawk, a SkyRanger, a Rans S7S, and a Kolb experimental, as well as another 4 or 5 single engine Cessnas. No twins. ASOS works well.

Other attractions in the area: the Nevada Northern Historical Railroad Museum with diesel and steam train rides and rentals, and a working steam train shop that is very welcoming to visitors (Head of Maintenance owns the Rans S7S mentioned above and is a retired airline flight engineer). And the Great Basin National Park --a beautiful park surrounding Mt. Wheeler at over 13,000 foot elevation. You can visit the high mountain lakes with short hikes and Bristlecone Pines, the oldest living plants on earth. It is a relatively new park, little if any crowds or fees. Nice! They have incredible astronomy shows during the summer with friendly/knowledgeable Rangers and high end telescopes for viewing, a feature of the local "dark skies" initiative in the region. The gateway town is Baker Nevada (year round population <100) which has accommodations at the Border Inn and Casino (775-234-7300) and the Stargazer Inn (775) 234-7323).

Special event attraction: Ely plans to host its first ever F-1 class air race this summer on June 13-16. Looks like it is coming together. If it does, more web and press info in the coming month. Nice thing is that the airport is getting an injection of paint and improvements by the County and the Tourism Board.

Hope this helps.
Thanks for the detailed info! Turns out the Hotel Nevada will be our destination for the night.

This will be my first airborne visit to Ely since 2001 when we stopped for gas in a rental Cessna 172. Took 45 minutes after departure before we gained enough altitude to continue east. That flight was the event that tipped me over the edge and motivated me to start building my RV-7. I was done with underpowered GA airplanes, which were the only ones I could afford to rent.
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Old 04-25-2018, 08:40 AM
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My girlfriend flew in about 2 years ago now to go camping in Great Basin National Park. There was some very nice gliders on the ramp at the time. Some of the gaps in the pavement were quite large so taxi slowly. The FBO staff were great and helped us out with a loaner F-250 pickup as there were no rental cars. It was one of our favorite trips. If you like hiking up mountains, bristle cone pines, caves and remote areas I recommend it.
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