Camel Races


Camel Races are Back Sept. 8-10, 2023

Virginia City’s 64th annual Camel Races

Virginia City is one of our very favorite Nevada destinations. This historic mining town never disappoints and we leave each time with so many memories and more fondness for this little mountain town.

Starting Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, Hot Camel Nights offers a Friday evening race and an opportunity to soak in a bit more of Virginia City by exploring the town during the day and staying for the nightlife afterward.

Discounted “locals only” tickets can be purchased at the Virginia City Visitors Center for just $10. 

Races continue with two shows Saturday, September 9, 2023

Family Day Sunday, September 10,  with the first 100 kids riding a camel for free. 

Sam's first camel ride! Soon he'll be racing ostriches!

For those looking to get in on the racing action, a ticket to participate in a camel race can be purchased for $500, which includes two bleacher seats in the VIP tent, food and beverages. Racers must be approved by event staff, adhere to physical requirements and attend a pre-event orientation.

Tickets are available now online at Pricing is as follows:

  • General Admission – $20
  • Premium Shaded Seating – $30
  • Kids (3-12)/Seniors General Admission – $13
  • VIP Bleacher Seating – $55 (includes tent and dinner)
  • VIP Reserved Front Row Table for 6 – $400
  • VIP Reserved Interior Table for 6 – $365
  • Upper Arena Reserved Parking Pass – $25
  • Camel Race – $500 (limited availability)


For more information on Virginia City, Nevada, visit or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission (VCTC) at 775-847-7500.

A short 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the United States – Virginia City, Nevada. Come experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800’s. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City. 

If you just can’t make it for the Camel & Ostrich races that okay, but definitely add this Nevada gem to your bucket list. Virginia City’s haunted hotels make for a perfect October trip and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad is magical at Christmas. Cool mountain air also makes Virginia City a perfect getaway during the hot summer of Las Vegas. Step back in time and learn a little about our state’s history.