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Nevada State Parks

Photo galleries of various Nevada State Parks and other points of interest

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Beaver Dam State Park

Belmont Courthouse Historic State Monument

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area

Big Bend is Nevada's newest State Park. It 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.

Cave Lake

Danberg Ranch

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.

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

Elgin Schoolhouse

Floyd Lamb State Park

Ft Churchill Sate Park

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

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

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

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.

Spring Mountain Ranch

Spring Valley

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

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

Ward Charcoal Ovens

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.


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