The campsite can be a little noisy during the day, but it slows down drastically at night. It’s a wildlife refuge, so you will see and hear wildlife all day, and all night. We loved it! Especially the kids… they woke me up super excited at 2 in the morning telling me they could hear coyotes.
The kids caught their first fish at this site as well, for that I will always appreciate this hidden gem. They caught catfish, perch and a huge carp. We released all of their catches, because it was the right thing to do.
Ranger Review: GCI Pod Rocker at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, near Alamo, NV.
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, 9 miles south of near Alamo, NV. This campground is absolutely gorgeous and FREE!! However, nothing is ever really"free," so the price you pay is tolerating the noise from the very close US 93 highway. Noise diminishes at night, as there's very little truck traffic. At the time of this writing, Interstate 15 is detoured to this highway en route to Utah(until Spring 2020). All sites are first come first serve. Each site has a picnic table, grill, fire pit, and a view of Upper Pahranagat Lake. Sites were clean& tidy in spite of no camp hosts. There are very few amenities: No water and a few scattered vault toilets. There is a handicap accessible site at the end of the long campground road with a paved stretch of sidewalk that goes to the south end of the lake. At the south end, there is a telescope for viewing wildlife and a park bench. We fished in the kayak a bit, but there were no bites. The landscaping is beautiful, with song birds always chirping. There's also a loop trail around the lake and another trail to the visitor's center.
Campground highlights: https://youtu.be/Gch2ndb3t4Y
As a ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. While camping at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, we tested the GCI Pod Rocker.
GCI Pod Rocker looks very sharp and is well constructed. However, it seems to be more suited for a heavier person. For a lighter person, the rocking motion takes some work, unless the chair is positioned on a downward sloping hill. Sets up quick and easy, has a little drink holder pouch, and it has nice storage case with shoulder strap.
Pod Rocker in action: https://youtu.be/MnZ4hCHwrXY
In summary, we loved camping at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, but with no water the stay was brief. However, adding this fun chair to our camping gear made our stay extra comfy!
This is a little oasis is the middle of the desert. Camping area is very well maintained better for smaller tents but was able to find a space for my 12 man tent. Camping is done in the front of the park, the staff was amazing and went above and beyond. 3/4 of a mile in was a fantastic area with play grounds, a spring water filled wading pool, many beautiful flowers and trees. Hiking trails with scenic overlooks. Currently trail maps are out of date because they are currently updating and expanding their trails. There are also horse shoe rings and a volleyball net, but you need to bring your own ball and horse shoes.
This campground has super small sites that are close together and offer little to no "camp privacy". I would say that this is more of an RV/trailer friendly campground than tent-friendly. There are tent pads at a couple of the sites. Each site offers fire rings, grills and covered picnic tables. There is flushable toilets and free showers available which is super nice.
The more we explored this park, the more awesome things we found. Close to the day use area, there is a horseshoe pit and a very nice volleyball court. There are a couple short hikes super close to the campground also, that offer beautiful views of the fall foliage. I highly suggest visiting this in the Fall as the colors were amazing.