The Clown Motel: A Terrifying Destination

A clown themed motel that is a nightmare for many.

Tonopa is a small town that lies between Reno and Las Vegas Nevada.

Once a booming area during the gold rush, the population of Tonopa has dwindled from 50,000 to just currently over 2,500. The town has become a small oasis for fuel, water, and snacks for those on their way to the bigger cities.

In the north end of town you will find a terrifying attraction, especially if it’s the middle of night and you are too tired to drive.

The Clown Motel is a nightmare for those who suffer from Coulrophobia.

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The lobby is filled with hundreds of clown figurines. Everything from sad hobos to the most frightening of clowns gives you the feeling that you’re being watched.

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This guy sits facing the check-in counter.

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The motel rooms feature portraits of famous clowns who majestically hang on the wall.


The Clown Motel is one of the scariest motels in America. It is built next to a graveyard of miners, the motel is said to be haunted as well.


If you find yourself in Nevada, and brave enough to give this place a try, you may want to make a reservation. The Clown Motel has four out of five stars on Yelp, and gets very busy. The Clown Motel welcomes bikers and truckers, is pet friendly, and has affordable rates.


I would rather sleep in the cemetery, how about you? Let us know in the comment section below.

You can check out my other article which gives a deeper look into the fear of clowns by clicking HERE.

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  • Anne B
    14 June 2015 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    I’ve been a confirmed courlrophobe since I was 5. I would sooner spend a night at the Bates Motel.