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

16 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Scenery
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
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4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
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40 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

Overall Rating

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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5bars
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SurrenderSuburbia

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

Reviewed Apr 05, 2018

Overall Rating

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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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
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T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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Fate Unbound
Fort Wayne, IN
25 Keystone Springdale 2020QB
2004 Chevy 3500HD
13 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 15

Fate Unbound would stay here again

“Beautiful Free Campground!”

Reviewed Apr 01, 2018

Overall Rating

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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5bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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glasgows_onthego

28 Ford Four Winds Five Thousand
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
89 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0

glasgows_onthego would stay here again

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

Reviewed Dec 31, 2017

Overall Rating

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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4bars
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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

Overall Rating

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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4bars
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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
AT&T 4G/LTE
4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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

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

Reviewed Oct 30, 2017

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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/LTE

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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/LTE
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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/LTE
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Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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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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