Great RV Camping Locations
RV camping in Nevada offers a wide range of great destinations. RV parks are located throughout the state. From desert and mountain campgrounds to the bright lights of Las Vegas, you should have no trouble finding the perfect camping location. The Humbolt-Toiyabe is the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states, and offer the RV boondocker wonderful remote camping experiences. BLM encourages dispersed camping (boondocking) as well, and Nevada has over 47 million acres available.
Free RV camping locations are available almost everywhere in Nevada. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) alone administers 67% of Nevada's land area. The USFS (US Forest Service) and NPS (National Park Service) also have large areas of public land they administer available for free RV camping. Free RV camping locations are usually primitive which means there are no RV hookups.
Near Alamo is the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. RV camping as well as hiking and fishing.
24 miles east of Austin is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area. Free RV camping with no water or dump facilities.
20 miles south of Battle Mountain is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Mill Creek Recreation Area. This campground offers 11 tent camp sites, three RV sites, two accessible sites, one dual accessible vault-type toilet, day use area, tables, and grills. Open year round. There is no drinking water and no fee.
While mostly located in California, Death Valley National Park also sits inside Nevada near Beatty. Regulated free RV camping (boondocking) is permitted within the park.
Northwest of Las Vegas is the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. This 1.5 million acre offers RV camping opportunities in a desert environment. Check their web site for details and Refuge maps.
Traditionally free RV camping has been allowed in several of the Casino's in Laughlin. Recently, there has been a dispute about the legality of this. There are different rules being followed than in previous years, and should be posted in the casino parking lots.
BLM managed primitive camping east of Mesquite. Click Here for more information and directions.
South of Nelson is BLM's Knob Hill managed primitive camping area. Click Here for more information and directions.
HWY-169 heading south from of town...
There is BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land around this ghost town suitable for RV camping. Contact the BLM Battle Mountain Field Office for more information.
North of Searchlight is BLM's Knob Hill managed primitive camping area. Click Here for more information and directions.
Sunnyside is little more than a wide spot in the road highlighted by the Sunnyside Rest Area. However, great RV camping is available a short distance away at the Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and specifically the Dave Deacon Campground. This free RV camping location is one of our - Featured RV Camping Locations.
RV camping in Nevada is great for RVers looking for varied outdoor experiences. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Nevada State Parks offer RV camping, and the same is true for most County and Community parks. USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer cooler locations to escape the Summer heat. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups. This is only a partial listing of RV camping opportunities at public campgrounds. There is a nominal camping fee in most cases. State and National Parks are higher priced.
We recommend the Benchmark Recreation Atlas to help locate Nevada public campgrounds.
The following are only a few examples of the great public campgrounds available in Nevada.
While mostly located in California, Death Valley National Park also sits inside Nevada near Beatty. RV camping at designated locations within the park is permitted.
RV camping is available in both primitive and improved camping areas of the Great Basin National Park. Parts of the park often have snow until July so pack the RV carefully.
The BLM Elko Field Office
First come first serve RV camping is available at Cave Lake State Park. Reservable group campground as well as water, and showers.
About an hour from Reno and Sparks is the Lahontan State Recreation Area. Offering RV camping as well as hiking, boating, swimming and hunting. RV dump available.
Located 23 miles east of Gabbs, the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park has RV dump and RV camping sites. Check on maximum RV length requirements.
Las Vegas RV camping opportunities include...
Just south of Laughlin is Big Bend of the Colorado State Park. Only self contained RV camping allowed.
Improved and primitive RV camping sites are available at Rye Patch State Recreation Area. RV dump, water, trash, flush toilets and showers.
Near Overton is the Valley of Fire State Park. RV camping is available in the parks two campgrounds on a first come first serve basis.
RV camping is available on a first come first serve basis at Cathedral Gorge State Park. Water, flush toilets and showers are available.
RV camping is available at South Fork Recreation Area. 16 miles south of Elko
The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Tabor Creek campground is located 30 miles Northwest of Wells and offers great remote RV camping.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Nevada. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Nevada. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.