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Nevada campgrounds for the family

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Adventures in Nevada

Get away with the family to enjoy outdoor adventures at camping parks throughout Nevada. Recreation and relaxation are just ahead!

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Nevada campgrounds are ideal for a variety of family activities -- from hiking and fishing to simply relaxing against a backdrop of gorgeous scenery and enjoying time together. It's a budget-friendly way to vacation or spend a weekend. The national and state parks, wildlife preserves and reservoir areas in the state offer amenities that make them great camping destinations.

Virgin Valley Campground

On the eastern side of the beautiful Sheldon National Wildlife Preserve, the campground is high-desert scenic with expansive valley views. A pond with a small dock is a great spot for casual fishing and the camp sports hot springs that are 90 degrees for a warm soak. The area has wild horses and burros, and campers often spot antelope herds. Primitive camp sites all have picnic tables and the area has upgraded vault toilets.

Location: Highway 140, Denio, Nevada

Phone: 775-941-0200

Website:  www.sangres.com/nevada/wildlife-refuges/sheldon.htm

Beaver Dam Campground

Located in Beaver Dam State Park, these grounds have 33 available sites with piped water and fire pits. There are two loops for tents and RVs, and easy hiking trails with scenic views that lead to Beaver Dam. As you hike you'll discover a very small hot spring that's a relaxing place to take a break and enjoy the view.

Location: Panaca, Nevada

Phone: 775-728-4660

Website: www.parks.nv.gov/parks/beaver-dam-state-park/

Echo Canyon Campground

In a flat area across from the reservoir in Echo Canyon State Park, these family-friendly campgrounds are open all year and have conveniences including flush toilets, fire pits and grills, piped water in summer and garbage facilities. The 33 sites don't take reservations so it's filled on a first-come basis. A well-graded gravel surface makes it suitable for most cars. Each site has a shade ramada, picnic table and water spigot. The park has horseshoe pits and a volleyball court, plus an amphitheater to host groups and where park rangers lead nature activities. Two of the sites are handicap accessible.

Location: Highway Contract 74, Pioche, Nevada, 80943

Phone: 775-962-5103

Website: www.parks.nv.gov/parks/echo-canyon-state-park/

Washoe Lake Campground

On the shores of Washoe Lake with awesome panoramic views of the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this campground is marked by tall desert shrubbery but few trees. Each camp site has a picnic table and fire ring, and there are available flush toilets, piped water, hot showers and garbage facilities. Open all year, the camps are hosted by park rangers working in Washoe State Park.

Location: 4855 E. Lake Blvd., Carson City, Nevada, 89704

Phone: 775-687-4319

Website: www.parks.nv.gov/parks/washoe-lake-state-park

Wheeler Park Campground

Spectacular scenery greets you at this gorgeous campground in Great Basin National Park. The semi-desert areas full of sage and junipers transition to spruce forests and then denser forests of aspen and pine as the elevation climbs. Well-spaced large camp sites edge meadows or nestle among the trees, and wildlife is abundant in this protected habitat.

Location: 100 Great Basin National Park, Baker, Nevada 89311

Phone: 775-234-7331

Website:  www.nps.gov/grba/index.htm

Thomas Canyon Campground

About 30 miles south of Elko, these campgrounds snuggle in the Lamoille Canyon Recreational Area in a thickly-forested setting. Overhead, 2,000-foot glacier-carved cliffs loom, and waterfalls can be seen early in the season before foliage fills in. Sparkling creeks flow near the sites and the on-site camp hosts and maintenance crews keep the area in top form. The 42 sites are quickly filled so make reservations early.

Location: 140 Pacific Ave., Wells, Nevada 89825

Website: www.landscapeimagery.com/thomascanyon.html

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