Nevada Nature April 13, 2022
Take This Unforgettable Road Trip To 4 Of Nevada’s Least-Visited State Parks
Who doesn’t love an epic road trip? With so many attractions being over-crowded, it can often be discouraging to visit scenic locations like state parks. However, here are four often-overlooked destinations that are perfect for appreciating nature – naturally. So, get ready to gear up and hit the Nevada highways to these four amazing and least-visited state parks in the silver state.
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1. We’ll start the trip by heading to Spring Valley State Park.
Established in 1969, this state park has archaeological evidence of civilization dating as far back as 5,500 B.C.E! Covering 59 acres of pristine rivers, mountains, and valleys, visitors will be in awe at the park’s stunning tranquility. In addition to hiking trails, boating, picnicking, camping (there are 37 campsites), and historic cabins, visitors are encouraged to ask park staff about their many programs. The crown jewel of this state park, however, is Eagle Valley Reservoir. It is 65-acres of water and home to a variety of fish including the Rainbow trout. Don't leave your binoculars at home! Birds of many species, including the American Bald Eagle, are a common sight.
2. South Fork State Recreational Area
Driving north, you will find South Fork State Recreational Area not far from the town of Elko,
NV. Treat your eyes to the wondrous sight of the Ruby Mountains and the 11,387-foot-tall Ruby Dome. Enjoy water sports in the 3-mile-long South Fork Reservoir. There's ample opportunity for hiking and fishing as well. Visit the South Fork website for more details about fishing requirements as the area is protected though open for public use. When it's time to take a break, rest at a 25-site campground before setting off to explore this state park some more.
3. Walker River State Recreational Area
Traveling along Interstate 80, Walker River State Recreational Area awaits you in western Nevada. Want to feel like a true rancher? At this state park, visitors are given access to two ranch properties that have been around for more than a hundred years! Pitchfork Ranch and The “Elbow” at Nine Mile are currently open to the public and two more are set to open in the near future. Please visit the Nevada Parks website for details on how to get to either ranch. Outdoor lovers will be enthralled by the options to fish for world-class trophies, camp, hike, bike, kayak, learn about the history of the park, and so much more.
4. Beaver Dam State Park
Ending your trip and coming full circle is Beaver Dam State Park. Located close to Spring Valley State Park in the southeast corner of Nevada, Beaver Dam covers 5,500 acres and is a photographer’s dream. Hikers who explore the Overlook Trail are rewarded with a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the gorgeous canyon. Note that the park is a Watchable Wildlife area. Get your camera ready to spot foxes, bobcats, coyotes, jackrabbits, and even mountain lions! There are also waterfalls and natural springs at this impressive location. It's sure to be the perfect way to end your unforgettable road trip.
Nevada’s rugged and rustic appearance is the perfect backdrop for exploration. For a more relaxed and off-the-beaten-path experience, you’ll want to visit these four state parks. Dress appropriately and prepare for Nevada’s arid weather to make the most of your trip. All that’s left to do is hit the road, sit back, and enjoy.
Nevada State Parks website for up-to-date information.
10 (More) State Parks in Nevada That Are Stunningly Beautiful. Address: Spring Valley State Park, Pioche, NV 89043, USA Address: South Fork Reservoir, Nevada 89815 Address: Walker River State Recreation Area, 211 E Walker Rd, Yerington, NV 89447 Address: Beaver Dam Rd, Caliente, NV 89008