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Las Vegas Camping

HikerAs you may be aware, we at LasVegasHomeSpecialist love hiking and camping.  There are so many places to spend time outside here.  Nevada’s prime camping spots offer everything under the stars from family-friendly state parks to remote and romantic getaways.

Cathedral Gorge State Park:  Panaca, NV.  A million years ago, Nevada’s desert was drowned under a massive lake.  Evidence of the silver state’s lacustrine past can be seen at Cathedral Gorge State Park, near Panaca in eastern Nevada.  Kids will have a blast exploring the family-friendly park’s unique caverns, slot canyons and spires on the mostly level 6.5km loop trail.  Then stop in at the visitor center to learn all about the area’s geologic and prehistoric human history.  The campground has 22 sites, each with a table grill and shade ramada.  Electrical hookups are now available.  A $10 surcharge is added to the regular camping fee.  Sites cannot be reserved. Water and flush restrooms with showers are open year-around.  www.parks.nv.gov/parks/cathedral-gorge  775-728-4460

Great Basin National Park:  Baker, NV.  Great Basin National Park is situated in the heart of Nevada’s famous basin and range topography with craggy mountains alternating with vast sagebrush valleys.  Located in east central Nevada, the park is known for dazzling night skies, as well as the Lehman Caves, ancient bristlecone pine tress and over 100 km of developing hiking trails.  Abundant wildlife includes pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep, jackrabbits and coyotes.  Stay at one of the five developed campgrounds with tent pads and fire rings or really rough it at the one primitive campground.  All park camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.  No reservations can be made, except for the Grey Cliffs Group Campground.  www.nps.gov.grba  775-234-7331

Valley of Fire State Park:  Six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.  The park’s blazing red sandstone formations were laid down as sand dunes around 150 million years ago.  As Nevada’s largest and oldest state park, it has a long history of human use and occupation, including the prehistoric Basketmaker and Azasazi Pueblo cultures.  There are two campgrounds with a combined total of 72 spaces.  Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms.  A dump station and showers are available.  All campsites are first-come, first-serve.  Open all year.  vof@mvdsl.com  www.parkns.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park  702-397-2088

Hilltop Campground in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest:  Just outside of Las Vegas, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest offers a cooler alternative to Nevada’s summer heat.  The campground is located in the Spring Mountains at an elevation of 2,500m, making this place a much cooler option as well.  The Bristlecone pine, the world’s oldest organism and the rare Mount Charleston blue butterfly are both found within the Spring Mountains.  The campground is situated so campers are awarded sweeping views of the Mojave Desert below and Spring Mountains above.  Single, double and triple campsites, all with picnic tables, campfire rings and grills.  Some sites have stairs from the parking spur to the campsite.  Flush toilets, showers, drinking water and trash collection provided.  www.recreation.gov  www.reserveamerica.com 702-872-5577

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park:  23 miles east of Gabbs, NV, via State Route 844.  A ghost town and several fossilized sea monsters make this one of the more unique state parks in the country.  During the Gold Rush, more than 42,000 troy ounces of gold were mined from tunnels dug under the town of Berlin.  Everybody left by 1911 after the gold stopped flowing, leaving behind the ore mill, stables, blacksmithand stagecoach shops and residential homes.  In 1928, the first of more than 40 ichthyosaur fossils were discovered, making this one of the most prolific quarries for the massive 225 million year old marine reptiles, several of which are preserved on site.  There are 14 well-spaced units, some suitable for RVs up to 25 feet, with fire rings, BBQ grills, covered tables, drinking water (mid-April to October) and restrooms nearby.  parks.nv.gov/parks/bi  775-964-2440

Black Rock Desert Recreation Area:  53 miles west of Winnemucca, NV.  In late August, more than 50,000 people descend here for the annual Burning Man Festival.  The rest of the year, you’re likely to have this expanse of lava beds and playa plains in remote northwest Nevada all to yourself.  The park encloses more than 300,000 acres, open to hiking, biking and off-roading throughout the park.  wfoweb@blm.gov www.blm.gov/nv 775-623-100

Ruby Mountains Scenic Area:  Elko, NV.  Scars carved by Nevada’s icy past, including moraines, hanging Hikersvalleys and granite cirques can be seen in the Sierra-like Ruby Mountains, just south of Elko.  The area offers five national forest campgrounds and unlimited backcountry and primitive sites.  This is a remote area so go prepared and you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled sunsets, solitude and stars.  www.frankstehno.com  www.exploringnevada.com/scenic-drives/ruby-valley-scenic-drive.php  775-752-3357

Cottonwood Guest Ranch:  A family owned dude ranch in northeastern Nevada, near Wells.  Learn to ride, rope and herd by day and then reward yourself with well-earned hearty meals and a good night’s sleep in one of the seven well-appointed suites.  Other activities include hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, overnigh horse packing trips, trap shooting, wildlife watching and ATV riding.  cottonwoodranch2000@yahoo.com  www.cottonwoodguestranch.com 775-472-0817

Lodging at Lake Tahoe:  Incline, NV.  Located on the border between Nevada and California, on the edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  On the Nevada side, Incline Village is your best bet for a wide range of options ranging from luxury suites to rustic cabins to beach front campsites…If free is more your price range, the Spooner Backcountry section of Lake Tahoe Nevada State park offers three free primitive campgrounds at Marlette Peak, Hobard and North Canyon.  With over 25 designated camping areas and an endless web of lakes and streams, North Lake Tahoe is a virtual utopia for camping and RVing enthusiasts.  www.gotahoenorth.com  775-831-0494

Houseboat on Lake Mead or Lake Mojave:  Both Lake Mead and Lake Mojave in Nevada’s southeast corner offer tent and RV camping options.  Lake Mead has five campgrounds.  You can also rent a houseboat which  sleeps 1 to 12 people with kitchen, dining and bathroom facilities.  cottonwoodcoveresort.com   www.houseboatreservations.com  702-297-1464

 

 

 

 

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