Government Wash

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Government Wash Rd.
Boulder City, NV 89005
702-293-8990
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GPS: 36.1309, -114.8369

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 1249 ft
Max Stay: 15
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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19 people have reviewed this location.

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
“Wonderful experience, would definitely stay again but scout ahead”

Reviewed Dec 31, 2018

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Sign says 4X4 recommended (didn't see it before I tried). Definitely should scout ahead before bringing a big rig in. Some places do not lend themselves to turning around (lesson learned firsthand). I have a 42' Class A and a tow vehicle and found several sites that would accommodate me. Neighbors weren't terribly close (December) a... more

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

Busroute2nowhere would stay here again

“Amazing spot with amazing views”

Reviewed Dec 22, 2018

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This spot is great! It's pretty popular so there are other RVs all around but if you get close enough to the lake you won't even care/be able to see them as you'll be starting out over the water. The road is a little washed out and even more bumpy as you get closer to the lake, but manageable with our 2wd 25ft bus conversion. Plent... more

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Kobras Journey
Cleveland, OH
9 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

Kobras Journey would stay here again

“Beautiful sunsets and hikes”

Reviewed Nov 06, 2018

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this spot was very easy to get to and had fresh water just a few miles away. We have a big heavy rig, so I would say if we can get there any rig could get there. Some off roaders came through here and there kicking up dust but most of them were people ripping their rental cars through the gravel from what I gathered. We also picked ... more

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Meandering Life
30' Forest River Rockwood Ram 2500
48 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: n/a

Meandering Life would stay here again

“Beautiful area with lots of wind and coyotes!”

Reviewed Apr 12, 2018

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There are tons of spots to camp at Government Wash. We were down a ways closer to the water. The scenery is beautiful but it gets incredibly windy there. We stayed the full 15 days in the middle of March 2018 and only had a few days with little to no wind, but it was worth it! There are several areas nearby with potable water and a dum... more

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SurrenderSuburbia
Grand Design Reflection 311BHS Ford F350
9 reviews
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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: Top of hill center drive
“Drunk Driving All Hours of the Night”

Reviewed Apr 05, 2018

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We stayed at the top of the hill near the unofficial entrance to Lake Mead and all hours of the night there were people driving in and out after drinking all day with music blaring and going at least 45 mpg out to the main road in an attempt to stir up as much dust as possible. I witnessed several trucks and Jeeps fish-tail as they wer... more

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Fate Unbound
Fort Wayne, IN 25' Keystone
25 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 15

Fate Unbound would stay here again

“Beautiful Free Campground!”

Reviewed Apr 01, 2018

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We found this campground was really easy to get to, the road in is paved up to the parking lot and the road to the campsites is hard packed gravel and relatively level. There are a couple different areas here you can camp at, but the sign to Government Point also recommends 4x4 so we didn't camp over there. We stayed to the right on ... more

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glasgows_onthego
28' Ford Four Winds Five Thousand 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
105 reviews
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Days stayed: 1
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glasgows_onthego would stay here again

“Busy area, with pull out campsites right off the road”

Reviewed Dec 31, 2017

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This was a quick stop for a night on our way to Vegas. It is super easy access for any size rig. There were also bathrooms and trash cans. This spot is NOT FREE. To camp here you either need to get a daily permit, or if you have a National Parks pass your good. I didn't bother to check the price on the daily passes since we have our Na... more

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Vintage Gypsis
30' 4 winds 2006 chev trailblazer
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 21

Vintage Gypsis would stay here again

“Great stay except for the park service hassles”

Reviewed Dec 16, 2017

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We stayed at Government Wash for 21 days in mid-late Nov 2007. It was crowded as expected with some homeless from the Vegas area staying there. We stayed up top on the gravel road area and except for the dust it was great. The Park Service Rangers seemed really over interested in the RVers as to when you got there and when are you leav... more

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2 reviews
Days stayed: 8

roamingnoobs would stay here again

“Nice but busy ”

Reviewed Dec 14, 2017

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We have stayed here a couple times now over the last month. Access is very easy and plenty of campsites. So no surprise, it's busy and sites fill up quickly. Camping here is free but it is within the Lake Mead National Rec Area and you will need to have a NP pass, pay the fee to get in or pass through the gate after hours. The area... more

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3bars
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Weelittlenomads would stay here again

“Got stuck in sand.... founder of Campendium towed us out.... so epic! ”

Reviewed Nov 27, 2017

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So as our summary suggests we did get stuck with our Ford e350 with the airstream in tow. We ended up meeting Brian (founder of this app) and he offered us a tow (destiny or coincidence you decide) We ventured down the gravel road which was fine, but towards the bottom it turns to deep sand with a deceiving rocky surface. Within a few ... more

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This is our 5th time we’ve stayed at Government Wash at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The first two times we trekked across the bumpy terrain to camp close to the wat...

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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