5 of the Best Camping Areas Near Las Vegas  

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If you’re living in or visiting Las Vegas, you’ll want to take advantage of their amazing natural sites and camping grounds. So, get ready to pack your bags! In this article, we are going to be looking at 5 of the best camping areas near Las Vegas. (Image Credit: Free-Photos/Pixabay)

Valley of The Fire State Park

If you’re planning on camping in Nevada, the Valley of Fire State Park is one of the hottest destinations. Situated about 50 minutes away from Las Vegas, this state park provides 24-hour access to their campsites and is full of exciting trails to explore. Campgrounds give access to water, grills, and shaded tables, which makes it perfect for a getaway with the family.

Other services available at the park included WIFI (at a price), powered sites, composting toilets, showers, and scheduled programs. Pets are also allowed but must be kept on a leash, and you are only allowed to camp in the designated areas.

Great Basin National Park

Situated about four and a half hours away from Las Vegas, The Great Basin National Park is another popular destination for Nevada residents and tourists. The park currently has five developed campgrounds with toilets, grills, and tent pads. Any RV campsites are on a first-in first-served basis, and there is a fee per night. With trails, caves, and star gazing available, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Cathedral Gorge Park is situated about two and a half hours from Las Vegas and is well known for its incredible scenery. Described as a photographer’s dream, you can follow extensive trails full of cave-like structures and beautiful rock formations caused by volcanic activity millions of years ago. There are 22 camping sites at the park, all with tables, shade, and grills available. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash, and fee information is available both online and at the park entrance.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Two and a half hours away from Las Vegas, Humboldt-Toiyabe is the largest national state forest in the lower states. There are trails for hiking and horse riding, as well as specific areas that can be explored by snowmobile. With an extensive range of campsites available, you’ll want to do your research beforehand, as there are many to choose from, each offering unique sights and sounds.

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

The longest drive away, at around five hours, the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park protects and preserves many fossils at their well-known Fossil House. Currently, there are 14 campsites available year-round, with some available for RV owners. With a great program, tours, and an ‘American Discovery Trail,’ the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is excellent for all ages, and a fantastic destination to expand your knowledge on local fossils.

And there you have it! These were five of the best camping areas within a 5-hour drive of Las Vegas. Before getting ready to head off into the wild, remember to do your research so that you always follow park rules and regulations. Have fun, and enjoy the wonderful world of nature!  

Hannah Jaehnig
Hannah Jaehnig is a professional freelance creative writer. She has been writing professionally since 2014 and writing for entertainment for much longer! She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She hopes to one day publish a fiction book. In the meantime, she’ll write about fashion!
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