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Tonopah Field Office
Release Date: 04/16/12
Contacts: Bruce Andersen , 775-482-7844 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2012-020

Volunteer Host Needed for the Rhyolite Historic Town Site

Tonopah, Nev – The BLM is looking for volunteer hosts for the Rhyolite Historic Town site located just south of Beatty, Nev, in Nye County. This popular historic site, near one of the gateways to Death Valley National Park, features remnants of a large mining town that flourished in the gold mining days of the early 1900s. The Tom Kelly Bottle House, Cook Bank Building ruins, the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad Depot and several other partial buildings still remain.

As the host, you would be an ambassador for the town site, which is the second most visited recreation site in Nevada. Tasks include interacting with visitors, providing information about the history of the Bottle House and other safe places to explore, conducting occasional tours, maintaining the restroom and reporting any vandalism, accidents or natural hazards. The BLM will provide training, cost reimbursement at $25/day, a sheltered RV spot with water, sewer and power hookup. Rhyolite is in a fairly rural location and cell phone access is limited. A hand held radio and a government vehicle will be provided. The position is available immediately and would last through September 30, five to six days a week, 5 hours per day.

If you are interested in volunteering for the BLM, please submit a resume with your skills, experience, and abilities, to BLM, PO Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049 or visit the office at 1553 South Main Street in Tonopah.

For more information contact Bruce Andersen, Outdoor Recreation Planner at, 775-482-7844 or email

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Tonopah Field Office   1553 S. Main St.      Tonopah, NV 89049  

Last updated: 04-14-2015