The sleepy town of Tonopah lies about halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, just off Highway 95. The town is just another oasis to fuel up in the middle of the desert, as many would see it. However, a single building at the edge of town offers a different kind of fuel—a fuel for nightmare. This is probably the most terrifying motel in the world, and just reading about it will make you tremble in fear.
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Imagine traveling for so long and you suddenly roll into an eerie town at midnight only to find out that the only available space for an overnight stay in the area is within the confines of the Clown Motel.
Once a booming gold-mining hot spot with a population of over 50,000, now Tonopah just houses around 2,500 people, most of whom work for the local military test range. As the town numbers dwindled, Tonopah became less of a must-stop and more of a pit-stop, a place travelers would find themselves in the middle of the night not wanting to drive another 70 miles to the nearest town.
On each of the walls of Clown Motel there hung portraits of famous clowns, from Bozo to Pagliacci. Their soulless eyes seemingly intend on watching your every move from their faux-gold frames. Not only is the lobby filled with hundreds of menacing clowns, but each and every room is clown-themed as well.
Would you want to spend a night at the Clown Motel?
The Clown Motel also shares a lot with a cemetery full of gold miners who died from a plague. How close? How about right next door, is that close enough?
It’s like Stephen King’s IT conspired with From Dusk Till Dawn to create a movie that’s true to life. As if it couldn’t be any more terrifying, one guest shared a horrifying story that he experienced when he was staying at The Clown Motel and posted it on Reddit. This story will really send chills down your spine. Good luck with trying to sleep.
At one point early in the evening, we were hearing strange sounds and what appeared to be someone screaming followed by lot popping and crunching noises. While in the bathroom, my buddy decided to have a peak outside of the bathroom window. My buddy lets out a yell and busts out into the room, and I’m like “what?!” He doesn’t say anything but goes right to his back and gets his Smith and Wesson 357 out. I’m thinking, What the $%#, and I dig into my bag to get my Sig 232 out. He says we need to get the %@#& out of there right now. I saw he was serious, and that made me serious about it. We grabbed our $#!^ for the most part (left a few clothes behind) and looked out the peep sight to make sure it was clear to our car. I threw my gun into my pocket, he put his in his waistband, and we hauled ass to the car and got the hell out of there. On the ride away, I asked what he saw in the bathroom. He told me when he looked out the window, there was this creepy-ass clown facing away from the window, pants at his ankles, making a weird motion. He told me the clown slowly turned 90 degrees to look at him. My friend said he looked down to see this clown $#@%ing a full-sized dinner ham. When he looked up from the ham $^@!ing, the clown was smiling and waving at him.
If you want to give yourself a dare, just head to Tonopah. May sound unbelievable, but the hotel actually has a habit of booking up, so you need to make sure to call ahead and reserve a room.
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