The Nevada State Parks Passport is available at a state park near you!
Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, nature study, star gazing — not your thing? How about mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, water skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating? Choose your favorite outdoor activity and Nevada State Parks will provide a place for it. Nevada’s 23 state parks, recreation areas, and historic sites are stretched across terrains as diverse as alpine forests and bone-dry deserts. Among them are natural lakes and man-made reservoirs, such as world-famous, 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe or the much smaller Echo Canyon and its 35-acre reservoir. Read more below…
Many campgrounds and RV facilities are open all year, depending on the weather — you even can stay in a yurt at Cave Lake State Park near Ely. All single campsites are first come, first served. Reservations are required for areas designated for group camping or day use. Trailheads are well marked, and facilities at many parks include RV dump stations, showers, and day-use facilities for groups. For information on Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) registration, go to Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles website.
Several parks offer seasonal programs: You can see Civil War re-enactors fire their rifles or go on a moonlight hike. Live performances in summer include the Shakespeare Festival at Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor and Super Summer Theater at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park near Las Vegas. Although you can get into most parks year-round, it’s best to check ahead in winter, as access roads can be blocked by snow. Sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing are popular cold-weather activities. Cave Lake State Park near Ely hosts the White Pine Fire and Ice Show, which features a snow sculpture contest and fireworks. Nevada State Parks offer you plenty to do all year long.
Those with developmental and/or physical limitations are invited to enjoy all of the recreational activities and events at Nevada State Parks. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the great outdoors. If you need additional support to enjoy use of the state lands please let us know. Please enjoy your visit to our website — and to our many state parks.
Eric Johnson | Administrator
OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES/EVENTS:
07/22/16 - Due to the declining water level at Lake Tahoe the Sand Harbor Boat ramp is now closed to all boat launching (with the exception jet skis). Complete closure of the boat ramp is expected by months end.
07/18/16 - Request for Proposal of a Lease Agreement for the operation and management of a Livestock Grazing Operation within Fort Churchill. Click here to view the RFP
07/15/16 - Due to low water levels, both docks at Lahontan State Recreation Area have been removed from the water. Beach launching is allowed at your own risk. Please call (775) 577-2226 for more information.
07/15/16 - Request for Proposal of a Lease Agreement for the operation and management of a Livestock Grazing Operation within Washoe Lake State Park. Click here to view the RFP
7/5/16 - A long awaited improvement project is set to begin at the Cave Rock Boat Launch facility on July 11th. Between July 11th and July 31st, the southern half of the parking lot will be closed. Boats can be launched, but parking will be limited. Beginning on August 1st, the entire Cave Rock facility will be closed until further notice. The closure period will be approximately 30 to 60 days. We apologize for this inconvenience but hope you will join us in looking forward to the completion of this very important work. Public launch facilities are available at Lake Forest, Obexers, and the Tahoe Keys Marina. Please visit http://tahoeboatinspections.com for further information.
6/6/1016 – The State Forester/Firewarden has imposed fire restrictions for Beaver Dam, Big Bend of the Colorado, Spring Mountain Ranch and Valley of Fire State Parks effective immediately. View complete Order
05/26/16 - Due to (dry) well issues from the drought we do not have Showers, flush toilets
or potable water on the Dam side (Fallon) at Lahontan. We have been working on a new well and expect
to have water sometime later this Summer. All beaches and vault restrooms are open along the Fallon
side but the dump station and drinking water faucets are closed. As soon as we complete the new well
project we will open these facilities. Any passes or entrance receipts purchased at the Dam are good
for either side of Lahontan. Water, showers, and the Dump Station are available at Silver Springs.
If you have any questions please call the park ranger offices at:
Dam (Fallon) 775-867-3500
Silver Springs 775-577-2226
05/4/16 - Diana Mine Tours will resume on Friday May 6, 2016. Tours are by reservation only. Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 11 a.m. & 1:00p.m. Please call 775 964-2440.
Public awareness about how to interact with coyotes. Go to http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/coyote.html.