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Nevada National Parks

and Nevada State Parks

There is more to do in Nevada than play slot machines. Get the family outdoors this year to experience the great Nevada outdoors.

Some of the most breathtaking landscapes are located in this state, and the wildlife to be found outdoors is always more wholesome than the wildlife found on the casino floor. Whether you need a place to stretch your legs when you are passing through, or you want to hook up the RV and stay awhile, there are mountains, canyons, lakes and deserts waiting for you in Nevada National Parks.

Nevada State Parks

Beaver Dam State Park
Many Nevada state parks feature miles of sand and interesting dunes, but you can also wander through the forests if you find Beaver Dam State Park. The forest features a gentle stream and trails to escort you through the beautiful pines. Hiking and fishing are popular activities in the park for locals, but there is also a campsite if you are not from the area and want to get lost in the trees for a day or two. The park is located off of highway 93 near Caliente.

Beaver Dam State Park

nevada-national-parks;Cathedral Gorge State Park By Phil Konstantin via Wikimedia Commons

Cathedral Gorge State Park
Visit this park with your camera in hand. You will have to roam north of Las Vegas through small railroad towns along US 93 to find this amazing park, but you will be glad you went on the hunt once you arrive. This park features spectacular rock formations you will want to take pictures of and show your friends. There are also caves and other natural features that you may want to explore. A small campsite is available, and you can self-pay to take a scenic drive through the park.

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Echo Canyon State Park
Settle in for a picnic and stretch your legs on the nature trails. Explore the rich collection of plants and watch wildlife scurry by. Head out on the water in a boat or sink your fishing pole into the water to catch dinner. This Nevada state park is small, but it is also relaxing. This is a great park to visit if you love exploring plants and other elements of the natural environment. The park is located just east of Pioche.

Echo Canyon State Park

Floyd Lamb State Park
This is one of the most interesting Nevada state parks from a historical perspective. Native Indians once walked through the area before it was turned into a ranch. At one point in time, those interested in coming to Nevada to get divorced fast would stay at a ranch on this land until they reached their residency requirements to achieve their divorce. You can now enjoy a picnic using the on-site grills or enjoy an afternoon of fishing on one of the park’s four lakes. Get the family out for a brisk hike or a bike ride and spend some time away from the Nevada heat. Admission is $6 per person, but this park is located right in Las Vegas on Tule Springs Road.

Floyd Lamb State Park

Lake Tahoe State Park
This state park is accessed by a small road found along the access road leading to Spooner Lake. This is located along the east edge of Lake Tahoe, and the park is a treasure for those willing to seek it out. There are hiking trails that stretch out for miles, leading to high country land, lakes, summits, and spectacular scenery. If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, you may want to take the risk on some of the smaller ravines that are passable only in four wheel drive vehicles. The road cutting through the park creates a loop, and it goes close to a three-mile stretch of Lake Tahoe at one point. Sand Harbor is a popular beach located within the park.

Lake Tahoe State Park

Valley of Fire State Park
Head 30 miles northeast from Las Vegas and you will find the red expanse known as Valley of Fire State Park. Boulders, sand dunes, and sandstone cliffs paint the landscape bright red throughout the park, and there is a lot to explore. You venture near cliffs, canyons and dunes getting to the state park, so the trip should be interesting for the entire family. Make sure to bring a camera, because you will not find scenery like this anywhere else in the United States.

Valley of Fire State Park


Nevada National Parks

Death Valley National Park
The name may sound like a place you want to stay far away from, but there is a lot to love about Death Valley. Venture into this desert and you will find one of the most exciting Nevada national parks for the whole family. Miles of sand stretches across the park, and you can enjoy dunes, canyons, evaporative salt formations, and unique animals native to the region. Make sure to visit the Devil’s Hole, Coffin Peak, and Hell’s Gate while you visit the park. The park is located to the east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can only reach some parts of the park in a four wheel drive vehicle.

Death Valley National Park

Grand Canyon National Park
Of all Nevada national parks, this is the park that draws people from around the world year after year. There is a lot of beauty in this state, and much of it is found in this expansive park. You can take air tours from Las Vegas out to the park and back, or you can simply drive out to see it for all its wonder on foot. You may also choose to take a bus tour if you do not want to drive from Las Vegas to the canyons yourself.

Grand Canyon National Park

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Great Basin National Park
This park rests more than 200 miles north of Las Vegas, but it is worth the travel if you are tired of the flashy casinos and typical Las Vegas heat. This is one of the most unique of all Nevada national parks because you can see mountain views and dip under the ground for views of the caves. There is some view of the desert lands as well, but it is the Lehman Caves that steal the attention at the Great Basin National Park. This is a little known national park, so you won’t have to fight the crowds that can be found at some other Nevada national parks.

Great Basin National Park


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