The camping season is well upon us, and Nevada has no shortage of spectacular campgrounds where no reservation is required. From the many mountains in the Silver State to the blue waters of Lake Mead, Lake Tahoe, and other bodies of water to the desert for which Nevada is known, here is a list of 11 of the best no reservation campgrounds for a restful sojourn within nature. Take a look.
1. Fletcher View Campground, Las Vegas
Located in the Spring Mountains near Mt. Charleston just 24 miles from Las Vegas, Fletcher View Campground sits in an open forest of ponderosa pine, mountain mahogany and Gambel oak. Most sites have views of the surrounding towering canyon walls. This recently renovated campground is open year-round and contains several single and double sites, all of which have electric hookups, tables, campfire rings and grills. Drinking water is also available, while roads and parking spurs are paved.
2. Davis Creek Regional Park, Reno
Just 20 miles south of Reno is Davis Creek Park. This campground/day area offers outstanding views of Washoe Lake and Slide Mountain. The 62 campsites feature individual picnic sites, dump stations, and hot showers. Additional amenities include self-guided nature trails, equestrian trails, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and a small scenic pond for non-motorized watercraft. Larger trailers can be accommodated at 19 sites; however, there are no hookups. The campground is open year round, and pets are welcome.
3. Boulder Beach Campground, Lake Tahoe
Located on Lake Mead approximately 1.5 miles south of the marina and boat launch area, Boulder Beach campground is a gorgeous, no reservations necessary, primitive campground. Amenities include scattered water faucets, room for larger RVs, BBQ or fire pits, and picnic tables. There are no hook ups.
4. Great Basin National Park
Stay in one of five developed campgrounds in this amazing national park. Amenities include vault toilets, picnic tables, tent pads, and campfire grills. Be aware, however, that there are no hookups. Each campsite is limited to eight people, three tents, and two vehicles. Or rough it in the one primitive campground. Only Lower Lehman Campground is open year round.
5. Arch Rock Campground, Valley of Fire State Park
Choose from one of two campgrounds at this gorgeous park complete with bright red rock formations. Both campsites are first-come, first-serve and have a combined total of 72 units. Amenities include shaded tables, grills, water, and restrooms. A dump station and showers are also available.
6. Toquima Cave Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nestled in the forest, this small campground has just five single sites and one larger one; however, if you can get a spot here, you will not be disappointed. In addition to picnic tables and toilets, this campground is in close walking proximity to the petroglyph-decorated Toquima Cave.
7. Elk Flat Campground, Cave Lake State Park
This gorgeous campground sits on Steptoe Creek, near Cave Lake. Amenities include toilets, picnic tables, and showers, as well as gorgeous views.
8. Bob Scott Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nestled in a pinyon-juniper forest, this high altitude campground sits at 7,200 feet. Amenities include drinking water, toilets, and picnic tables, as well as ample fishing opportunities, mountain biking trails, and hunting opportunities (when in season.) Pets are not allowed.
9. Bayview Campground, Lake Tahoe
Located near Emerald Bay and 7,100 feet above sea level, this campground offers 13 campsites, vault restroom, fire rings, and corral/watering facilities for horses (seasonal.) Great hiking to Cascade falls is nearby as well as gorgeous panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevadas.
10. Black Rock Desert, Gerlach
Best known for the Burning Man Festival, Black Rock Desert also offers spectacular year-round camping.
11. Nevada Beach Campground, Lake Tahoe
Campsites are nestled in a sparse forest of evergreen shrubs and pine trees just minutes from the sparkling blue water of Lake Tahoe. Each site has tables, grills, and campfire rings. Toilets and drinking water are also available.
Have you camped at any of these gorgeous, no reservation campgrounds? Did I leave your favorite off the list? Please comment below.