National Parks in Nevada.
Explore natural wonders and learn about westward expansion at Nevada’s national parks.
Although Nevada is best known for its gambling hotspots of Las Vegas and Reno, it's also a great place to get out and explore, with miles of untouched desert and lots of opportunities for hiking, camping,Read more...
Although Nevada is best known for its gambling hotspots of Las Vegas and Reno, it's also a great place to get out and explore, with miles of untouched desert and lots of opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing. Along with over two dozen state parks, Nevada has two national parks: Death Valley National Park, which it shares with California, and Great Basin National Park near the border with Utah. There’s also one national monument, and one national recreation area. Three of the Western US's National Historic Trails also pass through the state.
Although northern Nevada doesn’t have any national parks or monuments, the National Parks Service (NPS)-managed California National Historic Trail, which spans from the Midwest all the way to Oregon and California, passes through the northern part of the state. You can learn more about the trail at the California Trail Interpretive Center near Elko.
Near the border with Utah, Great Basin National Park is the only national park situated entirely within Nevada's borders. Here you'll find trails, caves, and Wheeler Peak, the second-highest mountain in the state, along with a handful of campgrounds. The Pony Express National Historic Trail also runs through this region.
Although most of the famous Death Valley National Park is located in California, a small section of this Mojave Desert wonder is in Nevada. Here you'll find dunes, rock formations, and a couple of peaks (Grapevine and Wahguyhe), but the park's public campgrounds are all situated on the California side.
Many of Nevada's most popular attractions are situated in the southernmost part of the state, within easy driving distance of Las Vegas. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is one such attraction, featuring ancient rock formations and prehistoric fossils. West of Vegas on the Colorado River, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a great place to swim, boat, and fish—and has over 900 campsites. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail also passes through southern Nevada, though there's not much of historic interest along this stretch of the route.