Leave the glitz and glam of the Las Vegas Strip behind and come camping in Nevada. Explore the petroglyphs and ancient cultures at the Valley of Fire State Park or relax in the high alpine along the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe. With over 80% of the state dedicated as public lands, there’s an adventure for everyone.
For some of the best camping in Nevada, head to Pyramid Lake. Located just 40 miles outside of Reno, the lake offers a variety of camping and recreation options. Keep in mind that the lake is located on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's Reservation. In order to camp here, you’ll need to obtain a permit first. Enjoy dispersed camping along the water’s edge. Don’t forget to bring your boat, SUP or kayak and cool off in the lake, be sure to check out the Pyramid Rock island and see how this awesome spot got its name.
The Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s largest state park, contains over 40,000 acres of stunning red rock formations peppered with ancient ruins and native artifacts left behind by the Ancient Puebloan People. Admire petroglyphs, climb the red rocks and uncover another world in this Mars-like landscape. Due to the sweltering summer temps, the Valley of Fire State Park offers perfect place for winter camping in Nevada.
Looking to climb a mountain? Consider hiking to the top of Mount Rose in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Although this area is quite popular and crowded during the summer months, it’s well-worth a trip to this sapphire, high-alpine oasis. Various camping options are available.
Located just outside of Las Vegas, Lake Mead is one of Nevada’s premier outdoor recreation areas. If you’re tired of the crowds, consider hiking up Black Mountain. This lesser-known trail can be done in a day and there is plenty of camping at nearby Lake Mead.
If you’re a national park lover, you’ve got to check out the quiet scenery at the Great Basin National Park. Dramatic mountain ridges meet sagebrush valleys at this little-visited park. Plenty of wildlife and excellent camp spots await you. With so many lakes, deserts and mountains, there are endless possibilities for Nevada camping. No matter where you choose to go in this great state, The Dyrt is here to help you find the perfect perch to pitch a tent.
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Beautiful mountain. In the summer months I’d like to camp higher up. This site is about half way up the mountain and the quick difference going from Vegas through the desert and ending up on top of a lush green mountain side nestled below overhanging peaks is amazing. I always seem to arrive during the night which is something I need to correct, don’t do that. Especially if you are a first timer and have zero knowledge of an area. When you pull into the empty turn around and onto the dirt road you could be immediately disarmed. The second you pull off the road you notice gang symbols spray painted on the tree’s (sad) and a lot of empty beer cans. It could be alarming but if you continue up the dirt road it clears up. Really beautiful sites all around. I went in February and got some nice slow flurries which was a nice treat. Problem was that is snowed through the night and I woke up to about three inches. When you’re going in its all down hill, exiting with snow reminds me why I need 4 wheel drive. Enjoy the photos, I will be back! -Chuck P.S. Don’t forget, always leave the area better than you found it! LEAVE NO TRACE. P.S. Don’t forget, always leave the area better than you found it!
Quick stop off the side of the road. Perfect for overnight stop, not much more. Road noise can be an issue
This state campground only has 50 of it’s 150 sites open. The other 3 loops have been basically abandoned for years the host stated. I think that is sad…. No electric and I wouldn’t trust the water. It’s probably a 2 mile drive to the Marina and only for boats, not swimming. There is a tiny little store and lounge on the premises, but that’s about it. Pretty empty when I stayed in site 9 in March for 2 nights. Lots of area to ride bikes on pavement. There were bathrooms, but no showers.
You will hear the Highway noise unless you use ear plugs. But if you need to do laundry & are in need of a shower, and worn out from the drive from Las Vegas, then it will do. Water, electric, sewer, in a gravel parking lot. 2 laundry machines out of order and the bathrooms have keypad locks. It was very quiet when I stayed in March and only one guy working. What more can I say…..
Stayed just one night in my high top van. It was beautiful. The weather was perfect. Quiet at night. Some generator noise in the morning but it wasn't too loud or for very long. I went for a short hike on the rocks with my pup. It's ten bucks a day to be in the park and ten bucks a night at the place. The nearby place is twenty bucks a night plus a park fee. There are water stations and a dump station. As well as bathrooms. Each site appears to have shade, a table, fire rings a tent spot and a charcoal grill. Pets are welcome but on a leash. The park is very clean. I think the camp grounds are closed in the summer months but not positive. The park rangers do patrol regularly. Truly a beautiful place hidden away in the desert.
This place is a real treat, it is not inexpensive but is a fun escape if you want to enjoy a really beautiful, well equipped resort. They have multiple pools, lovely bbq facilities, a gym, tennis and pickleball. We also love the little dinner that is just outside the gates- very convenient for breakfast, lunch or dinner, although I can only vouch for the breakfast!
If you want a site with specific amenities (site owners have built out different levels of amenities) be sure to ask when you make a reservation.