Established in 1905, Nipton, California is a historic mining town in the Mojave Desert’s stunning Ivanpah Valley. Its panoramic mountains, breathtaking sunsets, and dark skies offer sensational views of the Milky Way on clear nights. This unique desert ambiance has given the town its nickname, “Magical Nipton.”
Cafe & Saloon
The Whistle Stop Cafe & Saloon has been a popular hangout since the early 1900’s. The saloons authentic mining vibe, coupled with its home style pub grub and craft beers on tap make for a great detour off of interstate 15. Enjoy delicious homemade food and cold beers with stunning panoramic views of the Mojave desert and the surrounding mountain range on our tranquil outdoor patio.
Nipton Brewing Co.
Its not a mirage! We have the best craft beer in the Mojave desert, with seasonal brews always on rotation. If you are a craft beer enthusiast, Magical Nipton should definitely be on your bucket list!
Nipton Trading Post
The historic Nipton Trading Post has been operating since the early 1900’s and carries unique south west inspired merchandise. We take pride in supporting local artists/small businesses and try to source as many homemade items as possible. We also sell snacks, beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets.
The town’s rich history also makes Nipton a popular destination for day-trippers. Our 80-acre outdoor art gallery, the Nipton Trading Post and more offer visitors a lot to enjoy while passing through the town. We look forward to sharing Nipton’s magic with you and your friends next time you are in the area!
Outdoor Art Gallery
The Magical Nipton Outdoor Art Gallery is one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the world. Spanning 80 acres, visitors from all around the world flock to Nipton to check out giant art installations from some of the top artists in the space.
Nipton is located directly above a vast aquifer that provides the town with both running water and a magical blue lagoon.
From the beginning of time, humans have gazed towards the heavens in wonderment and pondered the mysteries of the universe. With its vast darkness, the Mojave desert is known for being one of the best spots in the world for catching surreal views of the Milky Way. Nipton’s remote location at the base of the Mojave preserve offers guests a magical opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the universe.
Although we do not have any THC products for sale in Nipton, we are pro-cannabis and allow guests to freely consume their own cannabis on our private property in our designated smoking areas.
During the spring and fall months, we host quite a few yoga retreats. We work with some of the top yoga instructors and sound bath facilitators, offering our guests a powerful weekend of self-connection. Our yoga weekends attract amazing groups of like-minded people from all around the world and they run during spring and fall months. Follow our yoga page on Instagram to receive current updates @HighDesertRetreat
From beer festivals to movie nights and cornhole competitions, we host year round events in Magical Nipton. Add us on Instagram for real time updates (@MagicalNipton) or click on the image to see our current event calendar.
Weddings & Private Events
Magical Nipton is a stunning event venue. Please email us to discuss custom private event / wedding packages.
Magical Nipton is also available to rent out as a private retreat venue. All buyout packages are tailored specifically to the organizers needs. Please email us for more information on a custom property buy-out.
Book Your Mojave Desert Getaway
Located adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve 50 miles southwest of Las Vegas (just 10 miles off Interstate 15), Nipton is the perfect way to experience all that the desert has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a fun place to camp, or full accommodations, we have many options to choose from. These include the Historic Hotel Nipton, full-service RV park, private eco-cabins, furnished teepees and updated vintage Spartan trailers.
Although most people come to Nipton to enjoy the powerful serenity that our remote location in the Mojave desert has to offer, there are still plenty of things to do in the area.
Seven Magic Mountains
Joshua Tree Forest
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Nipton began as Nippeno Camp, a wagon crossroad that gained prominence during a regional mining boom in the 1880s. In 1900, Nevada Senator William Andrews Clark acquired the Los Angeles Terminal Railway, with the intention of extending the line to Salt Lake City. By the winter of 1905, the project was completed and the new railroad passed directly through the Nippeno Camp, which was renamed Nipton.