Line after line of alternating desert and mountain ranges look like ripples running across hundreds of miles of the Silver State. Nevada is perhaps the best state to get away from it all. While it doesn’t yet see as many RV travelers as neighboring states like California, Arizona, and Utah, the plentiful Nevada RV parks and campgrounds can hold their own, and represent some of the best options in the entire western United States.
Most of Nevada’s population resides in the southern edge of the state, where Las Vegas, Henderson, and Paradise are located. This is also where Interstate 15 passes through, and folks are drawn to Sin City, the Hoover Dam, and Lake Meade National Recreation Area year-round. This area also has the highest concentration of RV resorts, some of which are in downtown Las Vegas. Further south, towns like Laughlin and Searchlight are an easy drive from Vegas, Lake Mohave, and Mojave National Preserve just across the border in California. Closer to the Las Vegas metro area is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a perfect spot for hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing just a stone’s throw from the Strip. Further out, the Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge is nearly 25,000 acres of desert wetlands, truly a rare occurrence, where the water present here creates an oasis teeming with wildlife.
Towards the middle of the state, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, and Reno represent Nevada’s other major metro area, and represents a geographical shift from high desert to the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range along the border with central California. The RV parks in this area are popular among folks who want easy access to the natural attractions of the area and those just across the border, like Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests, but also want the freedom to gamble at one of the state’s many casino resorts. Lake Tahoe itself is an ideal blend of that freedom combined with the breathtaking wilds of the Sierras. In the wintertime, you would be hard-pressed to find a better region west of the Rocky Mountains for skiing and snowboarding than at the resorts that surround the lake. In the summertime, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking in this area are top-notch. Finish your day on the lake or in the mountains by bellying up to a poker table or plopping down in front of a slot machine to try to finance your way into never having to leave.
The northern and central sections of Nevada are by far the least-visited and least populated. Many who visit this region will stay on Interstate 80, and to be fair, the vast majority of the area’s well-regarded RV parks are along this route. But if you have the time and a nasty case of wanderlust, simply pick a road and turn off to visit Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest or Black Rock Desert. You could be the only person for miles, depending upon where you decide to make camp. That’s an adventure.