Camping in Nevada

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About Nevada Camping

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.

Recent Dispersed Reviews In Nevada

675 Reviews of 139 Nevada Campgrounds

Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2021

Dispersed, hot springs, donkeys. What more could you want?

Once you get past the fact that this is truly dispersed, with no toilets, water, or trash, and no real established sites and no trees, you then remember, this place has wild hot springs and wild burrows. WILD BURROWS!! WILD HOT SPRINGS!! So, you roll up to this big open area with tons of“roads” cut…

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Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2021

Cute little state park in town

Neat little campground close to town with lots of mining history on display. There are 10 sites that are nice sized, some private and some out in the open. Site 7 is my top pick, and it has good hammock trees. While there is a nice bathroom, there are no showers. There is a dump station for RVs.…

  • Clean if only utilitarian
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Month of VisitJuly
Cheryl M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Dispersed Sites Before Campground

Official campground is only open May-September. As noted by others there are a few dispersed sites off the entrance road to the official site. Views are stunning but most of the better sites are high clearance vehicle access only, with few turn around locations. Highway noise isn’t bad off…

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Month of VisitDecember
aThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Really easy place to stay for access to Death Valley

Stayed here on a 3 day trip to Death Valley. Full hook up for $35/night, 30 months from Death Valley-easy drive. It’s basically a parking lot but we’ll maintained, WiFi, a store and casino, showers and bathrooms. And gas here is literally 1/2 the price you’ll pay in Death Valley.

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Month of VisitDecember
KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Close but bumpy

Be prepared to have a bumpy ride. But worth the view and solitaire

Month of VisitDecember
Amy K.
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

No longer available for camping.

We came and camped here two weekends in a row. It's a great spot, however two rangers showed up and told us that any kind of camping is no longer allowed. There is a little sign at the beginning of the road that says no camping that we missed 🤦‍♀️

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Month of VisitDecember
Alexa M.
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2021

Very nice and accessible

I absolutely loved this camping area. There are so many along this highway anyway, but this one was definitely the easiest to get to. I was in a Chevrolet Colorado (not 4 wheel or all wheel drive) and it did just fine. I was here during November so it was fairly dry so no problem with wet roads.…

Month of VisitDecember
KThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2021

Easy access

We ended up dry camping here overnight just passing through. It was a great spot with some nice scenery. The Ranger was helpful with some questions we had. We stayed in the upper lot as we arrived at dusk and didn't want to go down below with our rig and figure out a spot. They can accommodate…

  • Upper lot w. many picnic tables. Electric vehicle charging station in the background to the right.
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  • River running next to the campground
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SiteUpper Lot
Month of VisitDecember
Cheryl M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2021

Nice views, Road soft in places

Windy, minimal highway noise about 1-1.5 miles back in. Nice views. Joshua trees nearby.

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SiteNo dedicated sites at this point along the road
Month of VisitDecember
Wesley M.
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2021

Oasis in the desert!

We spent a month at this lovely campground. The amenities are awesome with a small lake in the middle of the park. Our dog loved walking around the lake and spending time in the dog run. There's a cafe in the casino with daily specials. The convenience store and gas station on site are a plus as…

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  • A happy, tired boy from walking around the lake
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Month of VisitDecember
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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2021

Great experience

We arrived late afternoon and Debbie was so nice. She greeted me even though she was busy with another camper. It is a perfect stop on our last leg of a very long trip of over 5000 miles. We will definitely stay here again when we do “The Loneliest Road in America”.

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Month of VisitDecember
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2021

Desert Oasis

Campground is awesome, super clean, and pretty much empty. There is fresh water, a dump site and put toilets which are clean. No real privacy or shade, but no one is here so it doesn’t really bother me. It’s beautiful in a desert way, huge expanses of blue sky and nothing for miles. Hot springs…

Month of VisitDecember
Wesley M.
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2021

Great for overnight or if you love OHVs

We stopped here overnight during our trek south. Super easy access via Valley View Blvd to the east side camp. We arrived at night so we couldn't enjoy any views. There is a small market (Martell Market) 7 minutes south that is open until 10pm and has just about everything you need for food and…

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Month of VisitDecember
Sotnos B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2021

Quiet, off freeway, overnight

Arrived very late at night. Not well marked and difficult to navigate in the dark....I may have stayed in picnic area (with a few other self contained vehicles). But very quiet, far from the noise of the 80. The bugs are awful...open your door for a second and they'll swarm any lightsource.…

Month of VisitOctober
FThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2021

Could use a little TLC

This place is inexpensive and a convenient location, with a decent grounds and pool. Unfortunately, the check in process for newcomers is a bit flawed and disorganized. The two women working the front desk seem to not even know there is an rv park connected to the hotel (best western). When asked…

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Month of VisitDecember

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