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Camping Nevada

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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Recent Reviews in Nevada
Great spot for a quick overnighter

Found a good spot here to bring the RV. There were a few fire rings already built. Great views and easy to access.

Fun and easy to find!

Great views and good hikes! I had a blast!

Dirt Bike and ATVers

Wilson Canyon is so awesome! Room for everyone, while lots of track to cover. In the summer, the swimming hole across the road is so nice!

First to Review
Dirt Bike and ATVers

Wilson Canyon is so awesome! Room for everyone, while lots of track to cover. In the summer, the swimming hole across the road is so nice!

First to Review
Toilets stocked with Tp, plenty of camping spots

After leaving mesquite at 1 am and desperately searching for a near by place to camp we came to this location. It was a great find!! As we showed up there were people having a bonfire and drinking whiskey so we fit in well. There are multiple camping areas along the road and areas where you can park, turn around, and or park trailers.

This is a popular Jeep/UTV terrain area, but we still managed to hike up one of the nearby mountains before leaving at noon. If you can try and drive in before nighttime to find a prime location.

One of the camping areas had toilets stocked with Tp #coronavirus.

This is for getting away from the daily grudge.

The White River campgrounds offer fire pit areas and some have picnic tables. I have been there a few times. It's quite the drive from Las Vegas. The site that I like is the site that you have to drive through the stream. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IN A CAR,OR A LOW SUV. Trucks are fine to cross over. I guess I need to go up again since it has been awhile. Need to get more pictures from this beautiful place.

Close to Vegas but out of the Fray

Lots of great spots. There were plenty of people camping out here last night but we found a private turn off with epic Mountain View’s. Paved road with dirt road turn-offs. No facilities. Many spots had fire rings.

Beautiful Campground and Scenery

Red Rock Canyon is absolutely stunning. There are vault toilets and some shaded areas but I would still to staying here in any season BUT Summer. 

There are individual sites and group sites and all reservations are done through reservations.org. 

The sites are rocky and surrounded with shrubs so there isn't much privacy. 

No sewage, electrical, or water hookups. But there is water at the visitor center just 2 miles up the road. There is a really cool exhibit about all the processes it took to create such a beautiful landscape that you should check out. 

There are ample hiking trails throughout the park. I was here on a weekday and it was still pretty busy so keep in mind that you will not be in solitude. Especially on the scenic road.

Ranger Review: Kuga Campervan at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Campground Review: This lake is incredible! It is on the road to Cathedral Gorge State Park and filled with wildlife! We were there for the bird count and it took all day just to count the birds on the lake. 

There are fifteen lakeside campsites are available along Upper Pahranagat Lake. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are free, but there is a donation box at the registration kiosk if you want to leave some support for the Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge reserved sites for our group participating in the bird count service project. So be aware that you might want to have a back up plan if the sites are full since there is no reservation channel.  Several of the sites can accommodate multiple tents, camping trailers, or RVs. No electrical, water or sewage facilities are available. There are vault toilets. 

Visitors may stay for a maximum of fourteen days within a 31 day period. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am. Generators are allowed, but if the generator is noisy it should be shut down overnight to respect other campers. Fires are allowed only in provided grills and fire pits. 

Non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors are permitted on Middle Marsh Unit and Lower Lake throughout the year, and on Upper Lake from February 1 through September 30. Upper Lake is closed to boating October 1-January 30. Due to fragile habitats, the use of boats, rubber rafts, or other flotation devices is not permitted on the North Marsh at any time. Watercraft must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules. Trailer launching is not permitted. To prevent the spread of invasive species, only car-top watercraft are permitted. 

Gear Review: Kuga Campervan from Travellers Audobon

While out volunteering over a week for the Audubon Bird Counts, I was able to evaluate the AWESOME Kuga campervan. Since I was gone for 7 days, I broke my evaluation up into sections where the most important features of the van were utilized. If you want to see the rest, check out my reviews for Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Desert Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune Recreation Area. 

This company is awesome, they come from Australia and New Zealand and we are super excited to have a truly affordable rental camper van in the United States! You can rent out different sizes and get an array of gear with them. This is perfect for music festivals, road trips, and for camping in extreme weather. 

Check them out here: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrp64rZuB6AIVB7zACh0xqAEwEAAYAiAAEgKC7PD_BwE

  • *Recommend Gear included package* For only $45 you get the bonus of having the gear come with the rental. With the bonus of the gear the van comes fully loaded. This is great for someone who doesn’t exactly want to travel long distances with a full kitchen and sleeping gear set through the airport. Kitchen Gear: There was a pot(with lid), pan, tea kettle, coffee cups, all the silverware and utensils I could possibly need, plates, mugs, and even travel mugs. Enough gear for 2-3 people. Sleeping Gear: It also came with 3 sleeping bags, pillows, and full sheet sets. The sleeping bags were 30 degree Coleman bags and kept me nice and toasty in 30ish degree nights. They did mention that they were getting new bags soon and those would then be kept for back up. But I preferred them since they were non mummy bags so I used them as comforters. 
  • Cleaning Gear: There is also dish soap and matches in the utensil bin. There were a couple tea towels and a bucket with a broom and dustpan too. I did need to get a sponge and I brought some clorox wipes for cleaning. 
  • Other Gear: Two Camp chairs come with the gear package too which was nice for sitting by the campfire. There are also shower towels and hand towels. There is a USB charging port that is run off the solar panels on top. If you want to use the inside outlets or the microwave you will need to connect to an outside source of power(like an RV spot). The cables are provided and in one of the storage bins.
Ranger Review: Kuga Campervan at Ash Meadows

Camping review: Dispersed camping just South of the refuge. There are lots of dirt roads off the main road outside of the refuge that you can camp on. There are little turn offs and cut outs for you to pull up in. Ideal for car camping or RV's. The main road heading into the park on the South side of the refuge so you can easily get into the park by foot or via the dirt roads. 

You will need to look at maps to make sure you aren't on private property. The road going into the refuge is fine to for overnight stays, but if you want extended stays, you can go to Funeral Mountains Wilderness, which is across the main road on the way into Death Valley and stay up to 14 days for free. 

Ash Meadows is a BEAUTIFUL refuge filled with wonder. A literal Oasis In the Desert. In this refuge you will find many endangered pupfish swimming along in the many warm springs in the refuge. They are federally protected so you will need to keep your distance. You can also see Crystal Spring. Crystal Spring pumps out over 2800 gallons of water a minute form an underground warm aquifer. It is also cerulean blue due to the limestone breakdown in the water. 

There is also the incredible Devil's Hole located in the refuge. This is a geologic wonder of the world. It is a hole int he base of a mountain that is filled with the clearest water and the famous Devil's Hole Pupfish. These guys are incredibly close to extinction and live in a crazy environment. The Devil's hole is known the world over as a dangerous diving spot. Many divers have been lost in the underwater maze and no one even knows how deep it is. Some divers have even died trying to find out. Anywhere in the world if there is a large scale geologic shift (earthquake), it registers in this hole and the water will splash about like a wave pool. 

The entire location is hike in only. You will need a map and check for permits at the visitor's center. 

Travellers Autobarn Kuga Campervan Gear Review(Driving) 

While out volunteering over a week for the Audubon Bird Counts, I was able to evaluate the AWESOME Kuga campervan. Since I was gone for 7 days, I broke my evaluation up into sections where the most important features of the van were utilized. If you want to see the rest, check out my reviews for Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Desert Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune Recreation Area. 

This company is awesome, they come from Australia and New Zealand and we are super excited to have a truly affordable rental camper van in the United States! You can rent out different sizes and get an array of gear with them. This is perfect for music festivals, road trips, and for camping in extreme weather. 

Check them out here: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com/campervan-rv-rentals/kuga-campervan/

  • Driving ability: This van is a pretty smooth drive for being such a big lug of a van. If you drive smart it gets about 500 miles to a 31 gallon tank which means I only spent about$250 total for a 7 day trip across Nevada and Death Valley Region. You have quite a few blind spots but if you leave the curtains open in the back window you can still use your rearview mirror in addition to the side mirrors. I kept the speed no higher than 55-60 so I could keep good gas mileage. 
  • Dirt Road Considerations: Even though this entire Refuge is dirt roads, do not take this on dirt roads if at all possible. They request that you keep to main roads that are paved with the exception of driving up to about 200 yards for campgrounds that are packed dirt. I saw why driving into this refuge when this hunk of a van was rattling and making me nervous. Mostly nervous because it wasn’t mine, but also because I didn’t put all my gear in safe places so I would occasionally hear a cup or book fall off the counter. They were smart and had little door button locks to keep the cabinets closed during drives too, which was handy!