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Nevada State Parks, Recreation Areas and Historic Sites

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Beaver Dam State Park

In Eastern Nevada near Panaca, Beaver Dam is a rustic area of pinyon-pine, juniper, and pondorosa pine forest with streams and waterfalls. It is a great place for hiking, wildlife viewing, camping and fishing

Belmont Courthouse Historic State Monument

The courthouse is in the Toquima Range of Nye County. It is located in the ghost town of Belmont, 45 miles northeast of Tonopah, Nevada. The Courthouse was deeded to the Nevada State Parks in 1974. The partially restored courthouse, which is open to the public, was built in 1876. It was the seat of Nye County government until 1905. There are limited picnic tables and public toilets available in Belmont; however, picnic and camping facilities are available at the U.S. Forest Service Pine Creek Campground in the Monitor Valley, located 20 miles north of Belmont.

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area

Big Bend is on the edge of the town of Laughlin. The park is right on the Colorado River. There is a nice campground as well as picnic areas, boat dock, hiking trails and other amenities

Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park

Pronounced "ick-thee-o-sores", these creatures were ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm inland sea which covered Nevada 225 million years ago. Visitors from around the world come to the park's Fossil House to see these recovered giant animal fossils on display. A nature trail connects the Fossil House to the campground. Hiking and picnicking are also popular. Seasonal tours relate the history of the area and the nearby mining town of Berlin. At 7000 feet elevation, this park prohibits travel during extreme winter weather, but is normally open all year. For more information contact: Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, HC 61 Box 61200, Austin, NV 89310, (702) 964-2440.

Buckland Station

Part of the Fort Churchill State Park, Buckland Station, known as Weeks or Toll Ranch by locals was build by Samuel Buckland around 1959. It has served as a way station and supply post, a hotel, and a hunting lodge.

Cave Lake

Open year-round. There is a 32 acre reservoir stocked with rainbow trout and home to German brown trout. Other activities include swimming, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and mountain biking.

Cave Rock

On the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe, Cave Rock is a great place to put in a boat and explore the lake The boat launch offers a double ramp and the park has more than 40 spaces for trailer parking. A small beach at the south end of the park provides a perfect place for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling, as well as a good spot to launch a canoe or kayak.

Cathedral Gorge State Park

This state park is right off Hwy 93 near the town of Panaca. Erosion created unique formations in the soft clay of this narrow canyon. The campground has lots of trees and shaded picnic tables. There are many hiking trails in the park.

Danberg Ranch

The Dangberg Ranch located west of Minden, was founded in 1857 by Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg, Sr. The ranch grew to 48,000 acres and became the largest in the Carson Valley. In the 1900s, Dangberg's son H. F. Dangberg, Jr., founded Minden on company land and commissioned most of its early buildings. The ranch was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 5, 1980. The park covers 5.5 acres and is under the ownership of Douglas County and managed by a non-profit, the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch

Dayton State Park

Dayton is one of Nevada's first settlements. The remnants of Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, to process silver ore can still be seen. Birds watching is a favorite pastime by the Carson River which flows through the park. Fishing, camping, picnicking is also available. Located 12 miles east of Carson City on US Hwy 50. For more information contact: Dayton State Park, P.O. Box 412, Dayton, NV, 89403, (702) 687-5678.

Echo Canyon State Park

In Eastern Nevada near Pioche, Echo Canyon has a 65 acre reservoir. There are 33 campsites in the park. Attractions and activities include fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, boating and viewing unique rock formations and native plant species

Elgin Schoolhouse

Near Caliente in Eastern Nevada, the school house was used from 1922 to 1967. It still retains a lot of the original items used at the school.

Floyd Lamb State Park

Located about 20 miles off the Las Vegas strip, this park encompasses 2,040 acres which includes four stocked ponds, picnic areas, barbecues, scenic paths and volleyball and horseshoe facilities. The park is home to peacocks, ducks and geese and other wildlife. You can also explore Tule Springs Ranch, one of the best examples of Pleistocene paleontologic sites in western North America.

Ft Churchill Sate Park

Fort Churchill State Historic Park - The famous Pony Express once passed through this area. This parks offers campgrounds, picnic areas, group use areas, trails and access to the Carson River. Great place for photography and historical information. You can also go canoeing. Located 8 miles south of Silver Springs on US Hwy 95. For more information contact: Fort Churchill State Historic Park, Silver Springs, NV, 89429, (775) 577-2345.

Kershaw-Ryan State Park

Kershaw-Ryan is named after the original owners of the area and the second owner who eventually donated the land to the nearby town of Caliente. It is a great area for nature study and hiking. There is a group picnic area, volleyball courts, and camping was recently re-opened at the park.

Lahontan State Recreation Area

This water recreation area is located 20 minutes west of Fallon. A man-made lake, 16 miles long has more than 69 miles of sandy shoreline and covers 12,000 surface acres. It offers visitors swimming, fishing, boating and numerous watersport activities. There are also RV dump facilities here. For more information contact: Lahontan State Recreation Area, 16799 Lahontan Dam, Fallon, NV 89406, (702) 867-3500.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

Includes Sand Harbor

Sandy beaches, boating, catch-and-release fishing, hiking and cross country skiing offer a wide variety of activities to visitors. The back country has horseback riding trails and two primitive campsites. Located 3 miles south of Incline Village on Star Route 28. For more information contact: Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, P.O. Box 8867, Incline Village, NV, 89452, (702) 831-0494.

Mormon Station State Historic Park

This is the site of Nevada's first non-native settlement. A replica of the old trading post built in 1851 stands in place of the original. A museum inside displays artifacts and relics of the wagon train days. Picnic sites and group use areas are available. The park is open from May through October. Located in Genoa, 12 miles south of Carson City off US Hwy 395 and Star Route 206. For more information contact: Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV, 89411, (702) 782-2590.

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort was the first permanent, non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley. Today the park is located in downtown Las Vegas and includes a visitors center, historic artifacts, and other exhibits.

Rye Patch Recreation Area

A large reservoir created from the Humboldt River covers 11,000 acres of this park. Picnicking, fishing, boating, water skiing and camping are just a few of the popular activities here. Located 22 miles north of Lovelock on I 80. For more information contact: Rye Patch State Recreation Area, 2505 Rye Patch Reservoir Road, Lovelock, NV, 89419, (702) 538-7321.

South Fork State Recreation Area

Rolling hills and beautiful meadows cover this 2200 acre recreation area. The South Fork reservoir is 1650 acres large. Camping, hunting, boating are some of the pastimes enjoyed here. The wildlife is abundant and the trophy size trout is common. There is also a bass fishery. The park is open all year but may be inaccessible during the winter months due to extreme cold and deep snow conditions. Located 16 miles south of Elko on State Route 228. For more information contact: South Fork State Recreation Area, HC 30 353-8, Elko, NV, 89801.

Spooner Lake & Backcountry

Encompasses more than 12,000 acres of forested, open space. The park features 50 miles of hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trails and primitive roads. There are three primitive walk-in camping areas as well as some cabins. Other activities include hunting, fishing and cross country skiing.

Spring Mountain Ranch

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is adjacent to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It was the first working ranch in the Las Vegas Valley. It has been used historically as a working ranch and a luxury retreat. Today visitors can explore some of the oldest buildings in Nevada, a 1860s blacksmith shop, the Sandstone Cabin that was home to the founding family and the ranch house. There are hiking trails throughout the park, in addition to tree-shaded picnic sites with tables and grills. Every year Super Summer Theatre offers a variety of outdoor shows to enjoy.

Spring Valley

Named for the many springs in the area, there is also a 59 acre reservoir that provides fishing and boating. It is a great area for birding and wildlife viewing. You can also see several historic buildings. Two campgrounds in the area, a picnic area, hiking trails and boat launch.

Valley of Fire

Located 55 miles Northeast of Las Vegas and 6 miles from Lake Mead, Valley of Fire is an area of fascinating red sandstone formations. There are also petroglyphs and petrified wood located within the park boundaries

Van Sickle

A short walk from the Stateline, NV casinos, the park is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians and is linked to the Tahoe Rim Trail

Washoe Lake State Park

The Sierra Nevada mountain range provide a beautiful backdrop for this park. The lakes in the park are used for sailing, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. Or you can go horseback riding, picnicking, or hiking. A viewing tower provides a great place for nature study or bird watching over the wetlands. For more information contact: Washoe Lake State Park, 4855 East Lake Blvd, Carson City, NV, 89704, (702) 687-4319.

Walker Lake State Recreation Area

The ancestral home of the Paiute Indians, Walker Lake is well known for its great fishing. The 30 mile long lake was left over from a prehistoric inland sea which once covered the land here almost 10,000 years ago. Besides fishing, this recreation area offers boating, swimming and picnicking. Tables, grills and shade ramadas are available along the sandy beach. Cecil, a legendary sea monster, is rumored to call Walker Lake home. Located on US Hwy 95 11 miles north of Hawthorne. This park is open all year. For more information contact: Walker Lake State Recreation Area, Fallon Region Headquarters, 16799 Lahontan Dam, Fallon, NV, 89406, (702) 867-3001

Walker River State Recreation Area

The Walker River State Recreation Area was officially opened on September 22, 2018. The area encompasses 12,000 acres and 29 miles along the East Walker river. The new state park includes four units: the Pitchfork Ranch, Rafter 7 Ranch, Flying M Ranch and the Nine Mile Ranch. As of September 2018 the Pitchfork Ranch is the only area open to the public and is the most developed. This includes the visitor’s center, a group day use area, a 16 site campground, a picnic area and trails along the river. The WRSRA also emphasizes river access for kyacking and floating with maps and established entry and exit points. There are also opportunities for hunting, fishing, bird and wildlife viewing as well as other activities.

Ward Charcoal Ovens (also includes pictures of Kershaw-Ryan and Cathedral Gorge

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, in Eastern Nevada is in the Egan Mountain Range. The park features six beehive shaped charcoal ovens that were used from 1876 through 1879 In addition to touring the ovens, visitors can also enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Wildhorse State Recreation Area

Wild Horse Reservoir is the center of this 120 acres recreation area nestled high in the mountains. This park is known for recording the state's lowest temperatures in the winter. Camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing and boating are available. The park is open all year but the extremely cold temperatures and deep snow levels make it a difficult access in the winter. Located 67 miles north of Elko on State Route 225. For more information contact: Wildhorse State Recreation Area, HC 31, Box 265, Elko, NV, 89801, (702) 758-6493.

Other Points of Interest

Grimes Point Archaeological Area

One of Nevada's best National Recreation Trails, Grimes Point is filled with intriguing rock writings and art of ancient Native American civilizations. This area was once covered by an ancient lake called Lake Lahontan. Over 8,000 years ago Grimes Point rose above the water and became inhabited. Indian petroglyphs and the rock surfaces where they are etched display many different styles. Scientists and archaeologists disagree on the meanings of these petroglyphs but do concur that they are not a form of writing. Are they pictures of constellations? Perhaps maps to better hunting grounds? You can decide for yourself when you take the self-guided tour. The trail brochure is available at the site to help you explore the area. The site includes sheltered picnic tables, benches, a restroom and a paved parking lot. The trails have been upgraded to increase wheelchair accessibility. Located 12 miles east of Fallon. For more information contact: Greater Fallon Area Chamber of Commerce, 379 West Williams, Fallon, NV 89406. (702) 423-2544

Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Site

The BLM's Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Site is 24 miles east of Austin right along U.S. 50, and offers 14-days of free camping in its pinyon-pine and juniper-studded, 14-site campground with a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. This is a very convienent, quiet stop for anyone heading east or west through Nevada on "the Loneliest Road in America." Pit toilets and drinking water are available. It's at 6,500 feet, so not a good stop in the winter, although the campground is open

Hidden Cave

This cave is one of the most important archaeological digs currently being excavated. It has an exposed 21,000 year stratigraphy, providing fascinating clues to climate, geology and Native American culture that occurred here thousands of years ago. Due to the significant clues to our past unearthed here, the cave can only be explored with a Bureau of Land Management guide. Tours are provided on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. The cave is situated at the end of a half-mile walk up a narrow, dirt trail. The tour is not suitable for wheelchairs, crutches or unsupervised children. You caravan in your own vehicle out to the cave after meeting your guide at the Churchill County Museum, 1050 S. Maine Street at 9:30 am. And the cost is FREE! Group tours and Spanish-speaking guides can be arranged by calling the BLM at (702)885-6000. Located 1 mile north of Grimes Point. For more information contact: Greater Fallon Area Chamber of Commerce, 379 West Williams, Fallon, NV, 89406. (702) 423-2544

Sand Mountain

You'll think you are in the Sahara Desert when visiting Sand Mountain. This 600 foot high mountain of sand is over two miles long and one mile wide. It could be the remnants of a beach from an ancient lake which once covered the area. It is located on Highway 50, 25 miles southeast of Fallon. For more information contact: Greater Fallon Area Chamber of Commerce, 379 West Williams, Fallon, NV, 89406, (702) 423-2544.

Stillwater Wildlife Management Area

A stopping point for thousands of migratory geese and ducks. For more information contact: Greater Fallon Area Chamber of Commerce, 379 West Williams Ave, Fallon, NV 89406, (702) 423-2544.

Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area

Located near the town of Yerrington MVW covers more than 120,000 acres. The primary management emphasis on WMAs is the protection of wetlands and waterfowl including the use of the areas as public hunting grounds. Check the photo gallery


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