Camping Near Las Vegas

Where to Camp - Staff Picks

Red Rocks

Just outside of town, the campsite is on the edge of Red Rocks and ideal for first-time campers trying it out. The site is closed during the summers due to the heat.
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Valley of Fire

Not too far from town along the 1-15, the area has cool rock formations. The campgrounds are a smaller and first-come, first-serve. There are also group sites. 
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Mt. Charlston

A little further outside of town, the mountain is another ideal spot for new campers or to get out of the summer heat. Make sure to reserve early, because spots fill up fast. 
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Caliente

The campground outside of Caliente is located in Kershaw-Ryan State park. It is well maintained and has showers!
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Death Valley

Although not ideal for summers, the views are amazing. There are several places to camp throughout Death Valley.
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Navajo Lake

Lake Navajo is near Brian Head and a great place to camp. There are three campgrounds along the lake and reservations are recommended.
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Gooseberry Mesa

Just outside of St. George, Gooseberry mesa has amazing views and good mountain bike trails.
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Grand Canyon - North Rim

A hidden gem, dispersed camping can be found in 5 different sites along the North Rim. The first roads can be rough, so check conditions before going.
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Where to Camp - Useful Websites and Apps

Great website with information about Nevada parks. 

Recreation.gov allows you to make reservations and get information on recreating at national parks.

Reserve America allows you to make reservations and get information on recreating at state parks. 

Dyrt is an app that connects the camping community. 

Website and app that connects you to private camping options. 

Primitive Camping. You can pretty much camp anywhere, just make sure it isn’t private property or specifically designated no camping. Also, make sure to leave no trace and pack your garbage out!

Etiquette and Support

Classes

Having wilderness or desert skills can mean life or death. It never hurts to pick up some tips and tricks for your adventures.

Wilderness Survival Training
Desert Skills classes

Animals

Squirrels and deer are adorable. Bears and buffalos are majestic and make for great photos. But, no matter how cute or cool the animal is, feeding or interacting with animals can have a negative impact on the animals themselves and can result in loss of human life.

Gear Rental

Not sure you into camping or backpacking? Renting gear may be the way to go. Basecamp is a local business that can get you outfitted for car camping or backpacking.

Ground Rules

Following basic etiquette while outside, especially camping, can help make the experience enjoyable for everyone. Keep in mind that things like loud music may take away the enjoyment from other around you.

Leave No Trace

Showing up to a campsite and seeing garbage is a real bummer. Being good stewards of the land we recreate on is essential for continued access to public lands. Please practice Leave No Trace.

SAR

Search and Rescue usually is compromised of volunteers. These are the people that rescue us when things go wrong. Definitely show them love whenever possible.

Red Rock Search and Rescue
Las Vegas Search and Rescue
Mt. Charleston Search and Rescue