Camping in Southern Nevada

Southern Nevada is home to a vast assortment of campsites, offering outdoors enthusiasts everything from cultivated, family friendly experiences to serious back-country adventures.

Campsites at Red Rock Canyon offer spectacular views

Each of the four federal agencies managing public land in Southern Nevada – the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – alongside the system of State Parks, offer a multitude of camping opportunities across a range of locations and in many diverse environments:

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area

If you’re looking for something a little further outside of Las Vegas’ urban core, the Big Bend of the Colorado has excellent resources for campers. The following is copied from a brochure from the Recreation Area:

In 2008 the Park added a 24-unit campground. All sites are designed to accommodate RVs with hook-ups for water, electric and sewer. In addition, most of the sites have pullthrough parking pads that can accommodate any size RV. The sites also have a tent pad, a shade ramada, barbecue grill and fire pit. Three of the sites are ADA equipped and reserved for those visitors with the proper ADA permit. Other amenities include restroom and shower facilities

Reserving sites is not permitted, so camping at this area is first-come first-served. Visit the website for the Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area here

Desert National Wildlife Refuge

The DNWR, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, allows campers to set up their site anywhere that falls within 100 feet of a designated road. Campsites may not fall within 1/4 mile of a water source. This area is perfect for those eager to experience the rugged beauty of the Mojave Desert wilderness outside of maintained campsites. For more information about back-country camping, including maps, visit the Fish and Wildlife homepage for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Before embarking on a camping trip, be sure to contact the Range Manager, Amy Sprunger.

Lake Mead

The National Park Service maintains hundreds of campsites along Lake Mead and Lake Mojave. For a complete listing, including campground maps, visit the Park Service’s campgrounds page
Campsites offered by the Park Service are first-come first-served, with a 30 day stay limit. A maximum stay of 90 days within any consecutive 12-month period is enforced for campsites within the National Recreation Area.
The Park Service offers many RV sites in addition to traditional campsites. Back-country camping is also permitted outside of developed areas and sections of the Lake marked “no camping.”
For more information and regulations, see this posting.

Red Rock Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management offers several campsites in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. For more information about camping at Red Rock, visit this page.

Spring Mountains

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest contains several campsites accessible to residents of Southern Nevada. The Spring Mountains area, which borders the Western edge of the Las Vegas Valley, offers seven developed campgrounds with amenities. Reservations are accepted, and the maximum length of stay at any campsite is limited to 14 days.
For more information about camping in the Spring Mountains, visit Go Mt. Charleston, or the U.S. Forest Service.

Valley of Fire State Park

One of Southern Nevada’s most stunning landscapes can be found at the Valley of Fire State Park. Camping is permitted at developed sites within the park, with a stay limit of 14 days over a 30-days period being enforced. Campsites are first-come first-served. For more information, visit the Nevada State Parks website.

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I am trying to find a place to camp with the kids that I can make a reservation for. I cant seem to make the first come first serve sites work. Help please.


Hi Brenna –
There are a few places nearby that either don’t need reservations because they aren’t busy enough or that you can make reservations for.
Desert National Wildlife Refuge (just North of the first exit for Mt. Charleston) is free, does not need reservations, and is rarely used, as it is a kind of hidden gem of the city. This is one of my favorite places to go and it’s great for kids!
Mt. Charleston offers a couple of campsites by reservation and the information can be found at
Red Rock National Conservation Area normally has reservable sites, but their campsite is closed for the summer.

I hope this helps and that you have a great time camping!
Thank you for reaching out!

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