Many people think of Las Vegas or Reno when they think of Nevada. While those are exciting places, there are many more things to do in the state than gamble. There are also some great places to go camping in Nevada
Nevada has a spectacular and diverse natural beauty that you can enjoy on a camping trip. From desert environments to forested mountains, you’ll find all types of landscapes here. With so many unbelievable grounds to choose from, it’s a camping enthusiast’s paradise.
Not sure where to start with planning your camping trip? We’re here to help!
Here is our list of the 6 top spots for camping in Nevada.
Best Camping in Nevada
#1 Great Basin National Park
On the state’s eastern side is Great Basin National Park. This side of Nevada is something different than what many people picture Nevada to be. It is a heavily forested area with snowcapped peaks.
Great Basin has many activities to entertain visitors. You can find premier hiking and fishing at this destination. Additionally, there are plenty of caves to explore. At night, there are exceptional stargazing opportunities.
The park has six campgrounds, including Lower Lehman Creek, Upper Lehman Creek, Wheeler Peak, Baker Creek, Grey Cliffs, and Snake Creek.
During peak season, you can reserve four out of six campgrounds at recreation.gov during the summer or on a first-come, first-serve basis for the rest of the year.
#2 Valley of Fire State Park
If spectacular colorful rock formations and desert climates are more your things, head to Valley of Fire State Park. It’s a place that will make any geology and ecology lover swoon.
At this park, there are petroglyphs and petrified trees from over 2,000 years ago. You can learn about its pre-history, history, ecology, and geography at its Visitor Center.
If you want to go camping here, there are two campgrounds. Combined, these facilities have 72 units. Each campsite has shaded tables, water, grills, restrooms, dump stations, and showers. There is no reservation system. Instead, it is first-come, first-serve.
Additionally, three group-use campsites can accommodate up to 45 people.
#3 Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is a fascinating place to visit in Central Nevada if you’re into fossils and ghost towns.
Inside the park are the ruins of a town constructed in the 1890s. You’ll find the remnants of the mine and cemetery.
However, Berlin isn’t the oldest thing in the park. There is a high concentration of Ichthyosaur remains, dating over 225 million years old. These creatures were marine reptiles who lived in the ocean that used to cover Nevada. You can see their remains at the Fossil House.
Onsite, there are 14 camping units open year-round. You can camp for up to 14 days in 30 days. This campground includes fire rings, drinking water (mid-April through October), tables, BBQs, and RV dump stations.
#4 Ruby Mountains Scenic Area
Another sight that most people don’t expect to see in Nevada is lush green mountains. However, you’ll see plenty of them in the Ruby Mountains Scenic Area. This area is within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
This picturesque area has recreation trails, a well-stocked alpine lake for fishing, and horseback riding. You can also picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.
There are many options for camping at this destination. You can either go back-country camping for something out in the wilderness or stay at a developed campground. Additionally, there are RV and group camping options.
#5 Cave Lake State Park
Cave Lake State Park is a relaxing retreat known for its outstanding recreational opportunities.
In the park, there is a 32-acre reservoir ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating. You can also hike and mountain bike around the water.
You’ll find German brown trout, and rainbow trout stocked throughout the year.
At the lake, there are two campgrounds. Each one has a fire pit, grill, table, flush toilets, water, and parking. There are no reservations or saving sites at Cave Lake.
You can stay there on a first-come, first-serve basis for up to 7 days within a 30-day period.
The Elk Flat Campground is open from May to October, and the Lake View Campground is open year-round. Availability depends on the weather.
#6 Fort Churchill State Historic Park
Fort Churchill State Historic Park is a fascinating place to visit if you’re interested in learning about the Wild West. It has been around since the 1860s when it protected early settlers, and Pony Express mail runs.
You can still see the ruins of the abandoned Fort Churchill today. Other than historical landmarks, there are 3,200-acres of land that runs along the Carson River. History buffs, equestrians, bird watchers, canoeists, and campers will all love this spot.
You’ll find over 20 campsites at its main campground. These spots are suitable for tents, motorhomes, and travel trailers.
Campers have access to shaded fire rings and tables. In addition, there is a dump station near the campsite.
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