Camping in Nevada

There's more to Nevada camping vacations besides bright lights and large hotels. Nevada is one of the largest states in the U.S., meaning you won't find a shortage of things to do, see and experience in the Silver State. Although the majority of tourists only visit Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe to gamble, watch shows and indulge in food and drink, Nevada offers the more discerning traveler spectacular western frontier experiences and landscapes utterly different from more populated parts of North America.

Landmarks

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam has been named one of the Top Ten Construction Achievements of the 20th Century and it truly is a sight to behold. Tours offer you the chance to explore lesser known parts of the dam and learn more about its history and what it took to build this concrete giant. The dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on U.S. Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

Highway 50
Life Magazine dubbed Nevada's portion of Highway 50 the Loneliest Road in America, but it might just be the right amount of space to let your imagination run free. This legendary stretch of road closely follows the path of the historical Pony Express Trail and lets you experience some of Nevada’s best hidden secrets in true epic road trip style.

Valley of Fire Byway
Between Las Vegas and Lake Mead lies the Valley of Fire, an impressive canvas of wind-sculpted red sandstone that transforms with each slight movement of the sun. Mimicking the dance of a flame, the rocks change from benign oranges and browns to deeper, more dramatic shades, while the sun and its shadows seem to mold the rocks into new shapes. The roadway takes you past geologic marvels such as Arch Rock, Piano Rock and Rainbow Vista, a favorite with photographers for its panoramic view of multicolored sandstone.

Events

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Every December, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo runs at the Thomas & Mack Center located at the University of Las Vegas. Throughout the event, audiences will see bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, and barrel racing. Widely considered the world's most prestigious rodeo, come and see which cowboys will walk away with the championship gold buckle.

Great Reno Balloon Race
During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about at the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world. With over 100 balloons spotting the skies outside of Reno, this event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors.

Activities

Wild Island Family Adventure Park
Take a break from driving at northern Nevada's largest family amusement complex. Featuring a massive a water park, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, two race tracks and a giant game center, there’s something for everyone.

Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
Get ready for "The Ride of a Lifetime" at the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix. Want to feel the thrill of racing? Youll love the non-stop action on the longest go kart track in Nevada featuring plenty of turns and just the right amount of straightaway to make it all count! This Vegas family hotspot also features rides, a restaurant, and an arcade.

Cultural Sites

The Mob Museum
Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. Get the whole story on famous gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.

National Automobile Museum
The National Automobile Museum in Reno lets you travel through time like few other places can. Explore its streets, sights, sounds, and places while discovering a century of automobiles with over 220 antique, vintage, classic, special interest and one-of-a-kind wonders.

Children's Museum of Northern Nevada
The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada provides families with learning experiences in a hands on environment. Unlike most museums, visitors are encouraged to touch, poke turn, pull and take part in this fun and enlightening adventure.

Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Take a 35 minute ride back into history over the original Virginia & Truckee Railroad. During your journey from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back again, you’ll be able to learn about Nevada’s mining boom firsthand.

Wilbur D May Center
Located in Reno, the Wilbur D. May Center is an adventure for people of all ages. Its museum includes a collection of rare and exotic artifacts and the Arboretum features an incomparable display and living museum of colorful flowers, creek-side meadows, outdoor courtyards and secluded benches. Or, check out the Great Basin Adventure, a fun-filled family experience where kids can pet animals, ride a pony, pan for gold and more.