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Caliente, NEVADA

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No overnight camping allowed

No overnight camping allowed

Beautiful setting

Inexpensive camping in a beautiful canyon. It has showers that may or may not be cold. We experienced a range of temps from ice cold to semi-warm. They have pay showers also available that are hot. WiFi is also available for a fee. Easy access to small and longer hikes was really nice.


Hands down the nicest campground I have ever stayed at! Friendly staff, super clean and nice bathrooms,(bring quarters for the showers) RV hook ups at each space on nice lighted pedestals.

Right at the entrance to Kershaw Ryan State Park!

Super beautiful little park that has a hiking trail at the back that will take you up to some spectacular views, as well as some really cool mountain bike trails! Of which there several others in the area. If you Mountain bike, dont miss this opportunity to take advantage of these trails.

Caliente is only a few miles away, so if you forget anything, like I always do, there are places to shop. The locals couldn't be any nicer!

Dont let the name of the town fool you, it can get quite cool at night.

In short, great place and I will be back!

Big Sites, quiet

Showers were not working when we visited and we missed having a BBQ pit but otherwise great trip. Kids enjoyed fishing. Views were great. Weather was awesome.

Wonderful sunset

Walk ups only no reservation I came into this campground around 4pm on a Friday in July a little worried about finding a spot. When I arrived I was relieved to see more than half of the sites were open. Easy pay system $15 to camp clean bathroom and a shower!! Which you may need if you plan on hiking it gets pretty hot but we enjoyed our shaded picnic table. Nights were cool a must see the caves were magnificent great stop on the 93. Do it!

Tents to the west of spot on map.

RV’s / Trailers won’t like the road out there.

Very Unique location

Nice little campground located in the Cathedral Gorge State Park in Eastern central Nevada. Sites are first come first serve. Each has Electrical hook ups, but no sewer/dump facilities. Bathrooms have running water and a shower which is very nice. The hiking trails are great and provide lots of exploring on the Cathedral Gorge.

Steve, the “Happy Camper”

Beautiful sunset and great fishing for the kids

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.

Nice weekend getaway

We had site #6 - campground was not crowded, lots of empty spots. Easy walk to the reservoir. Large area for a tent, a centrally located fire ring and bbq. Each site had a nice covered table. We did have to kill a couple black widows that had setup shop under the table. And day 2 we fought some tiny little gnats that left some nasty bite marks on both of the dogs. bring bug spray in future All that did not put a damper on our visit. Bathrooms were an easy walk, and clean. The little library was great and had a nice selection and the Family had no problems catching fish (10 bass & 1 crappie) on this visit. We will be back.

Great weekend fishing trip

If you need to throw up a tent and wake up before dawn to go fishing this is the place. Enjoy some of the darkest and clearest night sky. Enjoy being along the shore with a fishing pole and pulling in some trout. And no need to build a latrine, there is a fully functioning bathroom at the camp grounds.

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, near Alamo, NV

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:


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:

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!

Echo Canyon State Park, near Pioche, NV

Ranger Review: GCI Outdoor Comfort Cushion  at Echo Canyon State Park, NV


Echo Canyon State Park, 12 miles east of Pioche, NV. There are two campgrounds: Sites 1-20, on a hill southwest of the reservoir, are for RVs with full hook-ups, restrooms, showers & dump. There are 33 more sites on a hill just north of the reservoir, with restrooms & dump. All sites are first come first serve. Campsites are very well designed and thoughtful with large roofed shade structures over sturdy  picnic tables, fire rings, BBQ grills, and water at every site!  Beautiful landscape, easy access to the Ash Canyon hiking trail loop, and a 65-acre reservoir for kayaking & fishing. Very peaceful and quiet!

Campground highlights:


As a ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. While camping at Echo Canyon State Park, we tested the GCI Outdoor Comfort Cushion.

GCI Comfort Cushions are light-weight, thickly padded, and with a zipped cover. Inside, the padding consists of dense foam and a lighter foam. These cushions are nothing less than wonderful! No more sore sitz bones when sitting at the picnic table (or any place you need extra padding/comfort)! I comfortably sat for 4 hours while we are here, working on a project that required sitting at the table top. It was a delight to be outside for so long and be comfortable! We highly recommend the GCI Comfort Cushions, 5 stars!!

Here we are using the cushions at the campground:

In summary, we loved camping at Echo Canyon State Park (4 days, 3 nights) and adding these great cushions to our camping gear made our stay extra fun & comfy!

Desert Oasis

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.

Simply amazing

Water falls are amazing! Tons of trail riding. Tons of great places to just camp where you park! Will visit again and again.

Beautiful surroundings

Nice campsites might be a little muddy if it has rained.  A couple of nice hikes with lots to see.  We had plenty of wildflowers to add to the beauty of the unique geology.  Campsites were somewhat close together.  Sun shades. tables, and fire rings at the sites.  Water available with a dump station down the road.  Bathrooms with showers were clean.

Getting away from the crowds

Slow driving 28 miles of dirt road lead you to some very nice camp sites.  All the sites looked very usable, relatively flat and clean.  Fire rings, tables and water.  Clean pit toilets.  A couple of nice hikes.  We were glad we had 4x4 to get back from the waterfall hike.  Horseshoe pit was a nice surprise.  We were literally the only people for the night.

So beautiful!

Very nice campground with covered tables, water, fire pits and fire rings. Clean bathrooms, and a book exchange. All the spots are level, so easy for tent camping. Rangers cruise the park, and are super nice. Great fishing and a hike that takes you into a canyon. We will be back for sure!

Great free spot

Established campground with limited spaces. We got the last space when we there and it was full the entire time but for good reason.

Beautiful tent camping site from BLM

I happened upon this campground by accident and so happy about it. There is a sign warning that the grounds are not suitable for RV or trailers so it's perfect for tent campers wanting to get away from that. The campground is set just off the highway leading to Spring Valley State Park. It is a small campground but is surrounded by untouched natural beauty. All of the sites have picnic tables (not covered), fire pits and grills for cooking. The sites are pretty good sized and set far enough away from each other to give plenty of privacy. There are tent pads at some sites but all sites seemed level and spacious. There's easy access to the bathrooms. Bring in your water as there is no access.

Must check this out for fall camping

As with many of the other NV state parks, this campground offers covered picnic tables, flushable toilets and free showers. There are fire rings and grills for cooking at each site. The sites are good size for tent camping and most have tent pads that are level. The abundance of trees gives each site plenty of privacy although there were only 4 other campers there when we visited. There is easy access to the bathroom and the rservoir is only a short walk away.

Beautiful for fall camping

As with many of the other NV state parks, this campground offers covered picnic tables, flushable toilets and free showers. There are fire rings and grills for cooking at each site. The sites are good size for tent camping and most have tent pads that are level. The abundance of trees gives each site plenty of privacy although there were only 4 other campers there when we visited. There is easy access to the bathroom and the rservoir is only a short walk away.

Small sites but the park is amazing

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.

Small, busy campground surrounded by beautiful landscapes

This campground is super busy in the fall. We arrived at approx 3 pm and there were only 3 sites available. Within the next 20 minutes, the entire campground was full. The next day, as people left, people filled the spots. The sites are really small and close together. There are fire rings at every site, but grills at about half of them. Our site didn't have a grill, but we managed ok. The awesome thing about this campground is that there are electric hookups at every site, which was very convenient for charging the phone, iPad and charge box! Wifi is available for a small fee which was awesome also! The bathrooms were very clean and heated, and even had a free shower!

The nature hike to the slit canyons was super short and the kids loved exploring the caves!

Excellent get away

Very few rv sites and no hook ups so be prepared.

First to Review
Spelunking and rappelling time!!!!

Whipple cave is located 3 hours from Las Vegas, heading north. Coordinates to the cave can be found here: latitude 38.48909 longitude 115.01829

Once you get to the Whipple cave access road, pass the wire fenced gate located on the right hand side. Here, you will drive on a dirt road for about 2 miles. A 4w drive is highly encountered. You won’t be able to make the drive in a sedan. You will see the trailhead at the end of the road.

You can camp here for the night. There’s fire pits available throughout, it’s a very secluded area so you will not run into other people or crowds. Just an FYI, it gets pretty windy at night. Dog friendly! No reservation required, free to camp!

The cave is located a couple minutes away, up the mountain. You will see signs for it. You can enter the cave by rappelling down 70 feet. Once at the bottom, you can embark on a 2 mile spelunking adventure!!! You will need a 165 ft rope and headlamps to accomplish this adventure as well as technical rope-climbing skills.

Rise and climb!

Individual camping spots along a river valley with steep climbing walls. Camp almost directly at the base of your climb.

Very limited camping spots, but also features a fully finished spring-fed pool, concession area, flushable toilets and hot showers.

Crawdading in the river is available. Bring a bucket or get one at the concessions.

Lots of kids and families in the pool, most of whom clean up after themselves. A great little gem for climbers and families.

Wifi is available at the pool, at some of the close sites, you may pick it up. Cell service is limited.

Beautiful. What a suprise. So peaceful

Very small nice place .


Nice spot to relax no close highways. Nice hike around camp.

First to Review
Great little spot

Fun place that was the inspiration in the movie Paul with the alien.

Super Clean and Quiet

Very clean well stocked REAL bathrooms with flushing toilets, sink and Mirror. Shower available. (I didnt use it, but heard from someone in our group that it was coin operated, and he was very pleased with length of shower and temperature). Campsite had a fire pit, trash cans, and covered table with lights that come on at night. Campground is in walking distance to all of the amazing sites and things to explore. The rangers were very nice, informative and helpful. They spent quality time with our group givjng us ideas on what to see and do to get the most bang for our time there.