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Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park Entrance Sign

All Great Basin National Park RV camping is first come first serve, and there are numerous free designated dispersed RV camping sites available within the park.

Located in “the middle of nowhere” as many visitors describe it, Nevada’s Great Basin National Park is off the beaten path. One of the least visited national parks, GBNP offers unexpected beauty in the shadow of 13,065 foot Wheeler Peak, the beautiful marble Lehman Caves, and ranger led Night Sky Programs at one of the darkest of all national parks.

Great Basin National Park RV Camping

Great Basin National Park Map Click Map for Large Image.

Camping is the primary type of lodging for Great Basin National Park visitors. All RV camping is first come first serve at GBNP’s Five Developed Campgrounds. All campsites have a picnic table and fire ring, and there are a few pull through sites at the Baker Creek Campground. Nightly camping fees at all developed campgrounds is $12, or $6 with a Access, Senior, or Volunteer Pass.

Great Basin National Park Baker Creek Campground
Baker Creek Campground – Site #34

All campgrounds have water available, but when we visited and stayed in the Baker Creek Campground, the water wasn’t appealing with lots of sediment. Most campsites are surprisingly well separated for a national park. Only Baker Creek is suitable for large RVs as the road to Wheeler Peak Campground has a 24 foot length restriction. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad, and campgrounds have conveniently located vault toilets. Trash receptacles and RV dump stations are available.

Great Basin National Park Wheeler Peak Campground View
Wheeler Peak Campground – Great View!

Of the developed campgrounds, our preference is the Wheeler Peak Campground. Fabulous views of Wheeler Peak and generally well separated campsites. Baker Creek is great for larger RVs, but our personal favorite Great Basin National Park RV camping location is the Designated Dispersed Sites along Snake Creek Road south of Baker. The only drawback to these sites we felt that some are too close to the road, but the beauty of the canyon and the remoteness of the area compensate for any shortcomings.

The park service officially states that RVs and trailers are not recommended on Snake Creek Road, so be aware of that if you question the park staff about camping in the area. When we visited, we didn’t see another vehicle on the road, and only two of the many dispersed sites were in use. The road is well maintained gravel that could be difficult if wet.

Great Basin National Park Snake Creek Campsite
Snake Creek Designated Dispersed Campsite

We ran out of time and didn’t get to the campsites at the north end of Great Basin National Park. The Strawberry Creek Road is listed as primitive dirt so check conditions carefully.

Great Basin National Park Wheeler Peak Campground View East

The spectacular scenery in this remote area makes Great Basin National Park RV camping some of the best anywhere.

Great Basin National Park Snake Creek
Great Basin National Park RV Camping – View From Snake Creek Road

Privately Owned RV Parks

The town of Baker, Nevada is just outside Great Basin National Park, and the only commercial RV park in Baker is the Whispering Elms Motel, Campground & RV Park. 25 sites with full RV hookups available as well as tent camping sites.

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Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

US Forest Service - USFS
Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

National Park Service (NPS)
General information about RV camping 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.

US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE/COE )
USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding Corps managed lakes, RV camping rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

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