Nevada State Parks COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What is Nevada State Parks doing to protect visitors and staff during the COVID-19 health crisis?
Nevada State Parks is actively following the Governor’s direction as well as CDC guidelines regarding public safety during outdoor recreation activities. We are working to keep our parks open, while protecting the health and safety of our visitors and staff and ask that visitors practice “responsible recreation” while visiting a state park.
What are the best ways to practice “responsible recreation” while exploring State Parks?
- Recreate locally and close to home.
- Separate yourself and honor the social distance of others.
- Avoid crowded parks and trailheads.
- Wear a face covering or mask inside all Visitor Centers, Museums, Gift Shops, Park Offices or while outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
- Avoid gathering in groups of more than 50 people.
- Limit interactions to members of your household.
- Stay home when you're sick.
- Keep parks and facilities clean by following principles of Leave No Trace.
- Know and follow all current fire restrictions.
When and where am I required to wear a face covering?
You should wear your mask while inside a public space such as a Visitor Center, Museum, Gift Shop or park office, or while outside in a public space when 6 feet of social distancing from those not in your same household isn't possible. You are NOT REQUIRED to wear a mask while engaging in outdoor recreation while alone or with household members, or when you are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others. For more information on the Governor's directive on face coverings, view the guidance document.
How long will the social distancing measures be in place?
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make adjustments to procedures and requirements as soon as it is determined to be safe to do so. Please check back frequently, as this page will be updated as adjustments are made.
Which Nevada State Parks are open for day-use?
All Nevada State Parks are open for day-use: Some parks have limited hours of operation and may close at varying times throughout the day once they reach a capacity that still allows for effective social distancing.
Which park facilities are closed? When will they reopen?
Most Nevada State Park visitor centers, museums, and gift shops have reopened. Within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, the parking lot at Memorial Point and the Tahoe East Shore Trail between Memorial Point and Sand Harbor are closed until further notice. Most group-use areas have re-opened. Please contact the park directly for information on group-use areas.
When will Nevada State Parks reopen for overnight camping?
Per the Governor's Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery, Nevada State Parks campgrounds have reopened with restrictions when necessary. Please come prepared with an alternate destination in mind in the event that campgrounds are full. When visiting a Nevada State Park, we ask that all visitors follow the CDC’s guidelines on outdoor recreation and practice “responsible recreation", which includes recreating locally and camping close to home.
Are the restroom facilities open at Nevada State Parks?
Yes. Restrooms are open. We do ask that you bring hand soap, or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Where can I launch a boat?
Currently, boat ramps are open at Echo Canyon, Spring Valley, Lahontan, Washoe Lake, Wild Horse, South Fork, Big Bend, Sand Harbor (view restrictions), Cave Rock (view restrictions), Rye Patch and Cave Lake (non-motorized only).
What is the procedure for launching a boat at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor and Cave Rock
Check this site for information on boat inspections at Lake Tahoe . Thank you for your patience and for helping protect Lake Tahoe.
Is fishing still allowed at Nevada State Parks?
Yes, fishing (where applicable) is still allowed during hours of day-use operation.
Are hiking trails open?
Yes, hiking trails (where applicable) are still open during hours of day-use operation.
Are fire restrictions in effect?
Yes, statewide fire restrictions are in effect. Read more about current fire restrictions
How do I purchase an annual permit?
Please follow the instructions on the permit page to purchase an annual Nevada State Parks permit.
Will my annual permit be extended?
Any permit issued between March 2019 – May 2020 is automatically extended 3 months from the expiration month punched on the permit.
Do I still have to pay to visit a Nevada State Park?
Yes, all day-use and camping fees are still in effect. Please pay the entrance fee at the fee booth or one of the self-pay stations.
Can I make a reservation to camp at a Nevada State Park?
No, all campgrounds at Nevada State Parks are first-come, first-served (with the exception of group-use campgrounds and rental cabins).
Is Nevada State Parks still hiring?
Yes. We have critical positions to fill that provide essential functions to the state parks system. Please visit our employment page for a list of current openings.
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In the case of an emergency, please call 911. All other inquiries call (775) 684-2793.
Nevada’s State Parks play an important role in the lives of all Nevadans and visitors by providing a restorative, natural setting that promotes physical and emotional well-being. We are working to keep our parks open, provided we are able to do so safely, in a manner that protects the public and our staff and will take steps as necessary to ensure that social distancing requirements are met. Given our collective efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, Nevada State Parks will offer only limited day-use service at some state parks, and we urge Nevadans to take part in “flattening the curve” by participating in hyperlocal recreation, such as backyard activities, neighborhood walks and local bicycle rides.