Kershaw-Ryan State Park

Kershaw-Ryan State Park is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern end of Rainbow Canyon in eastern Nevada. Steep canyon walls tower to 700 feet and overlook a long, narrow valley. Early settlers in the area cultivated a garden of grape vines, fruit trees and a grass lawn surrounding a spring-fed pond, providing a beautiful contrast to the rugged landscape. A picnic area, children’s wading pool, playground, group-use area and trails offer visitors nature study, photography, picnicking and hiking. The park has a new 15-unit RV/tent campground. Kershaw-Ryan State Park is located two miles south of Caliente via U.S. 93 and State Route 317.


  • Camping
  • RV Dump Station
  • Max RV Size: 30′
  • Flush Restrooms
  • Picnicking
  • Group Picnicking
  • Trails Map
  • Nature Study
  • Pets Allowed
  • Fees



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PO Box 985
Caliente, Nevada 89008

Tel: (775) 726-3564
Fax: (775) 726-3557


Park elevations range from 4,312- to 5,175-feet above sea level. Summers are dry and warm, with daytime temperatures reaching above 95-degrees F and nights in the 50s. Monthly rainfall averages less than an inch, but during the late summer thunderstorms can produce flash floods. Caution should be taken if hiking the canyon trails during July and August. Winters can be cold with snow on the ground in December and January. Daytime highs in winter may only reach 40-degrees F.


Camping: The park has a 15-unit campground with a restroom, coin-operated showers and an RV-dump station. Each site has a shade ramada, picnic table, fire ring and grill. The camping limit is seven days in a 30-day period.

Picnicking: Tables and grills are scattered through the oaks at the top of the park and along Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. When not reserved, picnickers may use the tables under the group shelters.

Group Use Areas: There are two group use areas in the park. Contact the park office to make reservations and receive fee information.

Hiking: Experienced hikers may explore the park’s back country above the canyon via the 1.5-mile Overlook Trail. During the summer hikers should be alert for rattlesnakes, particularly along the trails and in the cool shady areas of the park. Also be alert for thunderstorms which may cause flash floods in the canyons. Plan hikes for the morning or evening hours.

Entrance Fees: There is an entrance fee for each vehicle entering the park. A walk-in fee applies to those who do not bring a vehicle beyond the park gate. Additional fees are charged for group reservations. Please consult the posted fee schedule for current rates.

Reminders: State Park regulations are posted on the fee station kiosk. To make your visit and the visits of others more enjoyable, please observe the following rules:

  • Practice Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly principles.
  • Plants, animals, artifacts and rocks are protected by law.
  • Pets are welcome if kept on leashes of no more than six feet in length and are kept under control. Pets are not allowed in buildings or in the wading pond.
  • There is no lifeguard on duty.
  • Fires must be contained within grills. Gathering firewood is not permitted.
  • Horseshoes and volleyball are confined to designated areas.