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.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

11 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 3G
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Verizon 4G
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AT&T 4G
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T-Mobile 4G
2 reviews
Days stayed: 8

roamingnoobs would stay here again

“Nice but busy ”

Reviewed Dec 14, 2017

Overall Rating

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
AT&T 4G
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Verizon 4G

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5 reviews

Weelittlenomads would stay here again

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

Reviewed Nov 27, 2017

Overall Rating

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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4bars
Verizon 3G

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28 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Too popular with limited quality sites.”

Reviewed Oct 30, 2017

Overall Rating

End of October and very busy on a Monday. We like some privacy and that doesn't exist here. There are a few nice sites, but most are right on the access roads and dusty. Its probably the closest free spot to Vegas, Hoover Dam, etc. NPS entrance fee or pass is required.

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3bars
Verizon 4G

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Tethered Toaster

23 Airstream Flying Cloud
2015 Ford F150
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 25

Tethered Toaster would stay here again

“Great spot with easy lake access”

Reviewed May 08, 2017

Overall Rating

Really enjoyed this spot. Was worried at first due to the report of being crowded and maybe scary characters but this was not my experience. I had a great spot that overlooked the water with mountains in the distance. I had good cellular for work (AT&T was more dependable than Verizon which worked but seemed to go in and out). Real clo... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G
3bars
Verizon 4G

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Trippin Yogis
Kansas City, MO

11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

Trippin Yogis would stay here again

“Great Spot with Easy Vegas Access”

Reviewed Apr 17, 2017

Overall Rating

Gravel road and sites at Government Wash but there are tons of sites with huge areas for the biggest of rigs. It is a bit dusty at times due to all of the gravel but otherwise it's a nice area. Beautiful views all around and easy access to get on Lake Mead or get into Vegas.

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4bars
AT&T 4G
4bars
Verizon 4G

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

Rubber Tramp 1976 would stay here again

“Excellent”

Reviewed Apr 06, 2017

Overall Rating

Easy access (dirt road, but easy to drive), dump stations are close (at the paid camps in the park), great signal... If you have a National Parks pass, you can't beat the price (free)! Quiet location with easy access to the lake. It's busy, but clean. Lake and mountain views are wonderful. Not much for shade, but if you are solar... more

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4bars
T-Mobile 4G

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KavaKiwi

34 Airstream
8 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 15

KavaKiwi would stay here again

“Wonderful location but windy.”

Reviewed Jan 24, 2017

Overall Rating

We stayed here during January. The weather cool mid 50s - 60s. The location is wonderful with lots of space between sites. There was hardly anyone there when we visited. This is a state park so if you don't have an annual pass it'll cost you $20 for a week pass. As best I can tell your 15 days basically starts from when a Park Rang... more

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4bars
AT&T 4G
3bars
Verizon 4G

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Bob And Barb T
Bozeman, MT
28 Airstream International Signature CCD
2013 Ford F150
11 reviews
Days stayed: 7

Bob And Barb T would stay here again

“Great boondocking site near Vegas”

Reviewed Nov 23, 2015

Overall Rating

We have been here for a week and have enjoyed our stay. We arrived the first night at sundown and did not venture too far down the gravel road. In the morning we moved to a great spot with a nice view and no one nearby. The road we are on has a bit of traffic with people hauling boats down to the lake. By a lot it might be about 10 or ... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G
5bars
Verizon 4G

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18 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 8

Drea would stay here again

“Close-ish to Vegas with great cell reception”

Reviewed Nov 21, 2015

Overall Rating

As the other reviewers have pointed out, Government Wash is good, in terms of cell reception, location, access, views and silence at night. I'll add a few other features to round out the experience. 1. This isn't just recreationalists and boondockers We parked our rig far away from other rigs, down a stunningly bumpy non-road clo... more

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5bars
Verizon 4G

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Those Young Guys
Coeur d'Alene, ID

2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: NA
“Beautiful views and great company”

Reviewed Nov 21, 2014

Overall Rating

A primitive boondocking area just outside of Henderson, Nevada along the shores of Lake Mead. A bit of a bumpy road going in but nothing even a big rig can't handle. You can choose from a variety of areas to park your rig and enjoy the marvelous sunrises and sunsets. There are trash dumpsters and restrooms at the entrance and even a... more

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Aluminarium

27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250
252 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Date stayed: 2/18/13
Days stayed: 5

Aluminarium would stay here again

“Popular Boondocking - Busy Weekends”

Reviewed Feb 27, 2013

Overall Rating

Oh Lake Mead I love you for boondocking. You get a little busy on the weekends, but during the week it's glorious. We drove down Government Wash Road and then over the bumpy terrain to the edge of the water. The drive was a little hairy with the trailer, but totally worth it. The view is glorious from all angles. There's a dum... more

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4bars
AT&T 4G
3bars
Verizon 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Lake Mead Boondocking - Aluminarium

Yesterday we moved from Red Rock on the west side of Las Vegas to Lake Mead on the east side. In addition to it having a phenomenal view, it’s free and we also have cell service (Red Rock didn...

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Just Finding Our Way: A Slice of Quartzsite

There are a couple things I like to do in a situation like Government Wash. Further from the entrance is usually better and away from the road to the destination - in this case, the main road to the bo...

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Government Wash Improved – Aluminarium

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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Paddling Hoover Dam and Enjoying Lake Mead – Government Wash Review

After leaving Lake Havasu I headed to Willow Beach for a weekend to meet up with the BHC Adventures group I found on meetup.com for an overnight kayak from Hoover Dam down Black Canyon. Willow Beach...

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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