Rhyolite’s well-preserved train station.

Five Death Valley Ghost Towns Worth the Trek

Deep in the Mojave Desert, where California fades into Nevada, the ragged remains of ghost towns are strewn across salt-crusted soil, lost at the ends of bumpy roads, and tucked into rocky mountain canyons. Here are some spots that are easy to miss—although you won’t want to.

The colorful rocky landscape of Keahiakawelo on Lanai.

Natural and Cultural Sights on Lana‘i

From cultural sights such as ancient petroglyphs and heiau, and an abandoned plantation village, to Hawaii’s last dryland forest and a naturally-occurring moonscape, sightseeing on Lana’i can be a quick browse of each or a leisurely immersion.

Piles of rusted metal and a warehouse-style building red with rust.

Ghost Towns of the Atacama

Like the Mojave, the Atacama desert has its share of ghost towns. Humberstone, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the remains of a sprawling company town that grew up in response to massive surface mining for nitrates.