RV Adventure: National and State Parks of Nevada

Is it time to take off for some open road and see the sights of one of our most beautiful states? Nevada offers plenty of opportunities to travel by RV to see gorgeous caves in Great Basin and great contrasts in Death Valley, as well as abundant recreational opportunities and pristine waters at Lake Mead.

Nevada National Parks and National Historic Sites:

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park

You will find Great Basin National Park in east central Nevada, near the town of Baker and while it may be cold to camp there, it is worth visiting. You will find sage-covered foothills to the summit of Wheeler Peak at 13,000 feet elevation. You can partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages.

Don’t skip Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the Mojave Desert where you can boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mojave, or find solitude in one of the park’s nine wilderness areas.

There are also National Monuments and historic trails in Nevada and you won’t want to miss Tule Springs Fossil Beds. Here, mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and is ready to be discovered.

And in Death Valley National Park, you will see a below-sea-level basin, which steady drought and record summer heat have made this park a land of extremes. These extremes make Death Valley a rare picture of contrasts: towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite the name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.

National Forests in Nevada

You can also enjoy our National Forests in Nevada as you drive through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, one of the largest national forests in the lower 48 states.  It covers all of Nevada and a small portion of eastern California. Because it is so large there are 10 different ranger districts taking care of it.

Just a short 45 minute drive from Las Vegas is the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, which is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 45 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity.

Enjoy snow-capped mountain peaks that are surrounded by desert and are home to over 50 sensitive plants and animals, some of which are found only in this special area and nowhere else in the world. The panoramic mountain range provides a quick getaway from the city. RVers can enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and wildlife and wildflower viewing.

State Parks of Nevada

You can also find lots of beautiful state parks in Nevada. Big Bend of the Colorado Recreation Area, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Sand Harbor and Lake Tahoe, South Fork, Cave Lake State Park and Echo Canyon State Park are just some of the Nevada parks that are all well worth visiting.  Viewing the scenery at Spring Valley State Park and Valley of Fire State Park from the front seat of a motorhome is highly recommended.

RV Rental

If you’d like to rent an RV for your adventures in Nevada, start at our conveniently located Las Vegas El Monte RV Rental in Henderson, just southeast of Las Vegas. To get some exercise, you can start your adventure with a beautiful hike through nearby Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, taking in all the stunning vistas from well-maintained trails. Wild sheep live in the area and are great subjects to photograph.

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