Welcome to Nevada State Parks


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…

     Other parks provide glimpses into the past. Valley of Fire is one of the state’s oldest, with 3,000-year-old petroglyphs carved in sandstone and breathtaking views of maroon-colored rock formations created during the age of the dinosaurs. Mormon Station in Genoa and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort feature replicas of 19th-century fortifications and visitor centers explaining regional history.
     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

Division Headquarters
901 S. Stewart St., Ste. 5005
Carson City, NV 89701-5248
(775) 684-2770 | Email
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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10/11/16 - Cave Rock improvements have been completed and the park will re-open on Friday October 14, 2016.

09/19/16 - SR 28 Construction Tahoe East Shore Trail: Click here for more information.

9/27/16 – Fire Restrictions Rescinded in Nevada State Parks. Click here to review signed Order

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.

07/15/16 - 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.

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.

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

Public awareness about how to interact with coyotes. Go to http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/coyote.html.