- Maximum occupancy per site: 8 people and 2 vehicles.
- Check-in and check-out times: Unless a campsite is reserved, camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers must vacate by 2 p.m. at the end of the term paid for or the maximum stay unless the park supervisor designates otherwise.
- Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Glass is not allowed on any beach or waterfront area.
- Generator use: Prohibited during quiet hours.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: Prohibited, unless in a designated spot or with a permit.
29450 Valley of Fire Highway, Overton, NV 89040
Valley of Fire is easily recognizable by its stunning red Aztec sandstone formations. If it hadn’t been designated a state park in 1935, it may well have become a national park or monument. Only 50 miles from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire is a popular day trip. But if you can secure one of the 72 campsites, the real magic happens after the crowds leave. You are left with the silence, setting sun, glowing red rock walls, and maybe even bighorn sheep wandering through the campground. Atlatl Rock Campground has restrooms, showers, some sites with hookups, and WiFi. The smaller the RV, the more options you have, but there are a few sites that can accommodate big rigs. The campground is easily accessible by a paved loop road.
111 Cathedral Gorge State Park Road, Panaca, NV 89042
This may be the most stunning state park you’ve never heard of. As its name implies, this narrow valley is surrounded by sheer rock spires, formed out of layers of volcanic ash over tens of millions of years. A family-friendly 4-mile loop hiking trail passes through dramatic slot canyons and caves. The campground is an easily accessible and well-maintained loop with 22 sites. All have hookups and most can accommodate larger RVs. Campground WiFi is available. Like many state parks in Nevada, Cathedral Gorge is out of the way. If you’re traveling from Las Vegas, it’s an unforgettable overnight stop on the way to Great Basin or Zion National Park.
State Route 844, Austin, NV 89310
What other state park in the country combines a ghost town with dinosaur fossils? Technically a marine reptile, Ichthyosaurs were contemporaries of the dinosaurs. The largest known Ichthyosaur fossil can be found in the Fossil House at this state park. (When it’s closed for tours, the fossils can still be viewed from the outside.) A self-guided tour delves into the more recent history of the ghost town of Berlin, established in the 1890s. The campground is rustic but well maintained, with a dump station but no hookups. Remote and accessed by dirt road (OK for two-wheel drive), Berlin-Ichthyosaur is a peaceful place to observe wildlife and the night sky in addition to its unique historical sites. Note that sites can accommodate RVs only up to 25 feet.
Nevada state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
Beaver Dam State Park
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
Cathedral Gorge State Park
Cave Lake State Park
Dayton State Park
Echo Canyon State Park
Fort Churchill State Historic Park
Kershaw-Ryan State Park
Lahontan State Recreation Area
Rye Patch State Recreation Area
South Fork State Recreation Area
Spring Valley State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
Walker River State Recreation Area
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
Washoe Lake State Park
Wild Horse Reservoir State Recreation Area
For more information on Nevada state park campgrounds, visit parks.nv.gov.