Camping in Nevada
Whether you prefer boondocking or RV resorts, there is an abundance of camping options in Nevada. Here are some of the highlights within the Sagebrush State.
Nevada State Parks
Nevada has twenty-three state parks throughout the state. Some of the more popular destinations include:
Cathedral Gorge State Park - A popular state park is Cathedral Gorge State Park (known for the seemingly endless slot canyons). Bring your camera because you are sure to capture some amazing images! The campground has 22 campsites that are first-come, first-serve.
Valley of Fire State Park - This state park boasts vibrant red Aztec geological formations and miles of unique trails. You can have your choice of 72 campsites (spread across two campgrounds). You’ll have access to drinking water, restrooms, shaded picnic tables, and grills.
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park - Want to see a ghost town? The Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is built around a ghost town - including the original cemetery! There are 14 campsites - most suitable for RVs up to 25 feet. Other amenities include fire-rings, BBQ grills, drinking water, and covered picnic tables
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Nevada National Parks
There are four national parks within the state boundaries. These include:
- Great Basin National Park
- Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
- Eldorado Wilderness Area
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Nevada RV Parks
There are over a hundred private RV parks located across the state. Because of the high temperatures and dry climate, campers may prefer sites that offer full hookups and additional amenities such as shaded spots or even swimming pools.
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Nevada National Forests
Dispersed camping is at no-cost within the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. Here, free “walk-in” or dispersed camping is allowed at multiple locations.
Free Camping in Nevada
The vast amount of public land in Nevada offers excellent boondocking and dispersed camping opportunities. 67% of the state, amounting to over 40 million acres, is designated as public lands. Here, you can also enjoy fishing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities.
Campers should be aware of restrictions (at least 100 feet from all water sources) and be prepared to leave no trace.
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Where to Camp Near Las Vegas
When you are ready to trade neon lights for starry nights, choose a tent or RV campground at Lake Mead National Recreation Area - approximately 20 miles from the Las Vegas strip! The recreation area is built around Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir. There are over 700 miles of shoreline, perfect for enjoying the beach or venturing into the water.