Panaca is a city of a thousand people (2010) in Southern Nevada. It is one of only two cities in Nevada that prohibits gambling, the other being Boulder City.
It was founded as a Mormon settlement in 1864, making it the oldest settlement in Southern Nevada. The town has not changed much since.
Coke ovens here once produced charcoal for the smelters in nearby Bullionville (now a ghost town), but the town's economy is predominantly agricultural.
The name "Panaca" comes from the Southern Paiute word Pan-nuk-ker, which means "metal, money, wealth". William Hamblin, a Mormon missionary to the Paiutes, established the Panacker Ledge (Panaca Claim) silver mine there in 1864.
Panaca is in the remote desert of Nevada at the crossroads of US-53 and NV-319.
- Pioneer Day. Every July 24th.
- 1 Beaver Dam State Park (South on U.S. 93, east on Beaver Dam Rd.), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 24 hrs. Beaver Dam State Park is the most remote park in the Nevada system, located 34 miles southeast of Panaca. It is a wild area of forests, canyons, streams, and, of course, beaver dams. Activities include fishing, camping, and hiking. Day use: $5/vehicle; Camping: $15/night.
- 2 Cathedral Gorge State Park (1 mile north on U.S. 93, west on Cathedral Gorge State Park Road), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 24 hrs. Cathedral Gorge is a fun gorge of benzonite clay that has been eroded into tall formation. Visitors can wander inside the benzonite formations, which change frequently due to the weather. The park offers a Dutch oven cook-off in September. $5 per vehicle, Camping $15/night, plus $10/night for utility hookups.
- Cindy Sooz Country Kitchen, 503 Main St, ☏ .
Gambling and alcohol are illegal.
- Pioche – Located approximately 12 mi (19 km) north of Panaca on the US-319, US-93 (Great Basin Highway), then SR-321 is Pioche. The town that means pickaxe in French was built to mine silver and has plenty of historic buildings still standing today.
- Rachel – Located approximately 98 mi (158 km) west of Panaca on the SR-319, US-93 (Great Basin Highway), then SR-375 (Extraterrestrial Highway) is the little village of Rachel. The town is notable for its proximity to Area 51 and the Nellis Air Force base.
- Ely – approximately 108 mi (174 km) north of Panaca on the US-319, US-93 (Great Basin Highway), then US-50 is the ghost town Ely. The town has several museums, one of which focuses on its railway heritage.
|Routes through Panaca|
|Ely ← Pioche ←||N S||→ Caliente → Las Vegas|
|END ←||W E||→ becomes → Cedar City|