The best camping near Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Cool off in Lake Mead and Lake Mohave at the country's oldest recreation area.  

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Desert Glamping

20 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Meadview, AZ
Meadview Arizona was founded in 1826 by Jedediah Smith on his Southwest Expedition in search for Beaver! Staying a small remote and quiet town it can feel like it would have in the Wild West. We obtained our campground from a couple that owned it for 20 years but just weren't able to do to it what they had originally planned.. So it was essentially a blank canvas for us to create!! We are the closest town to the Grand Canyon SKYWALK, which is just 40 minutes from us. Meadview, the town we are located, is the only place to obtain Free Entree to the Lake Mead Recreational Center.  Our Campground just 10 miles from Lake Mead and 17 Miles from the Colorado River.  We have outstanding Lookouts, Top notch Stargazing, Gold Prospecting, Bird Watching, Fishing, Off Roading etc. Some of the Best Desert Off-Roading through trails within the Joshua Tree National Forest, Please note you must bring your own OHV, horse, etc, there is currently no rentals available.  We do have Kayaks to rent upon arrival. There is a hidden water fall in the Grapevine Wash that you can get to with a 4 wheel vehicle and you hike in about 15 minutes in. Stunning views and gorgeous natural spring and waterfall. We are 45 minutes off the 93 Freeway Free WIFI provided at the office!..  The town doesn't always have a powerful signal, please keep that in mind in your travels.  However, if you have Verizon, it gets GREAT service! There are three restaurants in town, all just one mile from site... The Boathouse, Anchor Smokehouse and Fishermans Landing Bar.  We have a Bakery called Rosemary and Thyme that serves Delicious foods & Pastries and makes great coffees.  There is also a Gas n Grub that has ice, propane etc... 5 miles away is a Family Dollar store which we lovingly call the "Mall of Meadview"
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Las Vegas RV Resort

378 sites · Lodging, RVs10 acres · Las Vegas, NV
With 379 full hook-up sites and accommodations for 100-plus feet, we are overwhelmingly the first choice for RV camping in the Las Vegas region. All sites have 30 and 50 AMP connections for recreational vehicles. And, the only Adult-Only RV Resort in Las Vegas! Choose from standard, deluxe, premium, and XL sites. RVs must be fully self-contained with a grey and black water holding tank and must be 20 years or newer. RESORT AMENITIES & FEATURES Swimming Pool Laundry Clean Restrooms Meeting Room 24 Hour Courtesy Patrol Fitness Center Spa Pet Area General Store
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Garden Oasis in the Heart of Vegas

1 site · RV2 acres · Las Vegas, NV
Our property sits on 2 acres in the heart of Las Vegas. It is one of the original homesteads of Las Vegas which we are trying to take back to a homestead. The original owners of the property played a huge hand in the building of Vegas. As we have cleaned up the property treasures of a 100 years ago have been found all over the property. On the property you will find a huge garden out front that you are welcome to pick from. We also have over 50 trees on the property you are welcome to walk around and enjoy. If you find yourself in the duck coop or the chicken coop and find an egg you are welcome to enjoy it. Feel free to enjoy the pool, bbq and outside bathroom which has a shower, and full size washer and dryers. We are a smoke/drug free site please be respectful of this rule and violators will be asked to leave without refund. Because we are a "working hobby farm" you will see some weeds and you may even see a project or two we are working on, feel free to join in but please be understanding that in order for us to improve things it will get little messy and can take time to complete. Also, please check the weather before you book, Vegas if very hot during the summer months, if your rig doesn't have AC you will not be comfortable as night temps can be easily over 100.
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Desert Paradise with Mountain Views

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Moapa Valley, NV
Learn more about this land:Tiny farm campsite in Southern Nevada surrounded by beautiful mountains, trails, green hay fields and simple farm life. Grassy field campsite with large shade trees lining the west and beautiful 180 degree mountain views surrounding. Secluded and peaceful setting perfect for bird watching and open skies for stargazing at night. Valley of Fire, Lake Mead and Red rock mountains with ATV and hiking trails less than 30 minutes away. You can park a trailer, or set up your tent with water available, and commode with eco friendly composting toilet. Wifi available close to the house only.
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Meadview RV Park

20 sites · Lodging, RVs10 acres · Meadview, AZ
Our park is located just twenty-six miles from the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and is the closest RV Park to the Grand Canyon Overlook, home to the world-famous "Skywalk." It is conveniently located near Lake Mead, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. While you are here at Meadview RV Park you can take advantage of all the available water sports and outdoor activities.
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Jeffry’s Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Las Vegas, NV
We are a local farm and rescue. All funds earned from our spare space go to feeding, maintenance and the care of all of our animals. We are best known for Fergie The Camel. She’s been spotted on national news multiple times for her love of french fries in the In-N-Out drive-through. She lives on property and loves attention! Check her out! https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/have-you-seen/2022/10/06/camel-gets-french-fries-n-out-drive-thru-las-vegas/8194957001/
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Mom's RV Spot

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Las Vegas, NV
Welcoming camp experience in the Las Vegas area. Private RV spot tucked away on a large lot in a quiet neighborhood, yet only 15 minutes to the downtown Fremont Street Experience, and about 25 minutes to the large strip properties like Caesars Palace and MGM. Las Vegas has a lot to offer, but we have you covered with the RV spot. We are in the NW valley with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. When the sun goes down over the Spring Mountains and Mount Charleston beautiful colors illuminate evening clouds. We are in somewhat of a rural area, so you might see bats in the evening, and bunnies in the morning. We have even seen coyote, owl, and of course lots of geese flying between golf courses in the morning during many months of the year. We are away from the city lights, so nighttime can be quite dark, but the moon can be a spectacular site in the night sky. Red Rock Canyon is 16 miles away. Many of our guests enjoy the scenic beauty or climbing opportunities in Red Rock. Nevada's newest state park, Ice Age Fossils State Park, is just a few miles away and offers a glimpse into prehistoric time in the region. If you enjoy ziplining then check out Slotzilla at Fremont Street or on the Las Vegas strip at the LINQ. Our Hipcamp comes equipped with water, electrical service (both 30amp and 50amp), and a sewer connection.
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Lake Mead Overlook - Meadview

1 site · RV1 acre · Meadview, AZ
Purchased this land for my father who loved living on his own in stark conditions. The property literally came with a shack on it. He loved shifting for gold with one of the neighbors in the desert up the road. He has since passed and the shack was torn down due to normal wear making it unstable.Me and my wife plan to put a home on it in the future, but felt it would be nice to allow adventurous types to stay on the property for the cheap.Learn more about this land:(Directions at bottom of description)The property is up on a hill surrounded on 2 sides (W/N) by BLM land with an overlook of Lake Mead. Just 10 miles from lake access (downhill) inside Lake Mead recreational area. Also, about 9 miles from Grand Canyon West access point. The property once had a shack on it, which is now gone - some remnants remain. But, there are flat drive areas in which to park (RV ok) and/or tent camp. Property is a little rough, but the views are gorgeous! From the property you can see Lake Mead, the west wall of the Grand Canyon, and an overlook of the town of Meadview. There are other residents in the area, but are far away, but visible (it is a desert). But, the property is absolutely quiet and peaceful.There is no electric, water, or facilities - so, it is primitive (or self-contained) camping. There is a fire-ring, but you must bring your own wood. There is some limited shopping and restaurants in town (Meadview or Dolan Springs) and on the main road (Pierce Ferry). We plan to build on the property in the future, but wish to share it with others until then. Definitely for the rugged at heart or self-contained camper.General location:* 9 miles after grand canyon walkway turn-off* 1.5 miles after General Dollar (on left)*** before historical marker and turn-off to Meadview (on right)Directions (from Pierce Ferry - heading north):* Turn left at Newport (next road after King Tut [on right])* Turn right on Caribbean (dead end sign straight ahead)* Turn right on Starlight Way (end of nicely graded road with house up-hill on left)* Property at top of hill on right - at Starlight Way and Starlight Circle IntersectionGPS coordinates of property: 35.9845206, -114.0983649Other useful information:Closest restrooms are 11 miles north on Pierce Ferry - at boat ramp (all paved road)or in Meadview proper (at restaurants and gas stations)
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Beagletopia Among The Desert

1 site · RV1 acre · Enterprise, NV
Las Vegas has been booming for years. With all this growth, we were able to get our quiet little place before it got too crazy. We enjoy being close to all the happenings with easy access in and out but are more off the beaten path on a quiet road. We are home to the Southern NV Beagle Rescue Foundation, warmly known as Beagletopia. Learn more about this land: Convenient dry camping, self contained RV spot. (generators may be used on your own. no power supply) Open desert views and close to the Las Vegas strip! Las Vegas strip is @ 9 miles, 15 minutes away) We are close to shopping and the Raiders practice stadium. Hike in nearby Red Rock canyon (25 min away) or Mt Charleston (1 hours). Local I-15 highway is only 5 minutes to get to. When you choose to stay with us, you support a local nonprofit dog rescue. You may see some of our local wildlife and wake up to the dogs tracking and starting the day.
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Wind Dreamer Ranch - Meadview, AZ

10 sites · RVs10 acres · Meadview, AZ
Learn more about this land:Grand Canyon West, JoshuaTree Forrest, Lake Mead, Colorado River, Boating, WaterSports, Canoeing, Mountain Climbing, Hiking, Dirt Bike/ATV/UTV. Town of Meadview, AZ. Camsites are non-commerial , unimproved campsites. Some grading took place to remove jumping cactus and ground cover plants to make RV & Tent camping possible & more enjoyable. 😉 Campsites are next to miles of BLM lands & Mountain Range canyons. Call owner upon arrival to be shown campsites. Meet-up @ Family Dollar Store, 28955 Pierce Ferry Rd, Meadview.
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Travis E.’s Land

1 site · RV1 acre · Moapa Valley, NV
Excellent access to public lands and state parks. 1 block from hundreds of thousands of desert access , 1/2 mile from Main Street Overton, 5 miles from valley of fire state park, 20 miles from lake mead boat launch. Private, fenced, end of street rv hookups with palms, covered patio, water, sewer, and 50 amp service.
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Junebug Ranch

1 site · Tent1 acre · White Hills, AZ
Peaceful desert mountain property. Far away from distractions and under a blanket of stars and amazing views. Plenty of room for a solo trip up to a group with 5 tents. Camp fires permitted in season. Close to Grand Canyon West, Lake Mead, Colorado river, and you can head into Dolan Springs for coffee and supplies.
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The best camping near Lake Mead National Recreation Area guide

Overview

About

Encompassing some 1.5 million acres, Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers all sorts of opportunities for outdoor fun and camping throughout the year. The park is home to two lakes—Lake Mead and Lake Mohave—and with over 900 campsites across the massive park, it's a great place to linger for a while. Many of the most popular activities involve getting out on the waters, and the biggest draw for visitors is the chance to spend days swimming, boating, and fishing. There’s plenty to do on land, too, with miles of hiking and biking trails, plus regular ranger-guided hikes.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for boaters: Temple Bar Campground offers easy access to a launch ramp, plus boat and equipment rentals.
  • Best for anglers: Compact Echo Bay Campground is close to the lake's Overton Arm, ideal for striped and largemouth bass fishing.
  • Best for privacy-seekers: The campsites at Boulder Beach Campground are surrounded by vegetation, creating a natural buffer between sites.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites at Boulder Beach Campground, Las Vegas Bay Campground, Temple Bar Campground, and Echo Bay Campground are allocated on a first-come, first-served (FCFS) basis. 
  2. The Callville Bay and Boulder Beach Group Campground can be reserved online or over the phone through the National Park Service.
  3. Reservable sites are released at 7am Pacific (10am Eastern) six months in advance of your visitation day.
  4. If you’re hoping to snag an FCFS site, try to arrive early in the day to see if anyone’s leaving. Arriving mid-week will increase your chances of getting something, especially during the busy summer months.

When to go

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is open throughout the year, and while it's at its most popular during summer vacation, it's important to be prepared for high temperatures from June through August. Mid-to-late September is a great time to visit, after kids have gone back to school for the year. Weather still tends to be hot but not unbearably so, and the waters are warmer than during the spring shoulder season.

Know before you go

  • Water level levels can impact the usability of boat launch ramps. It's wise to check current conditions before packing up your boat.
  • The lake is at risk of quagga mussel infestation. To help prevent the spread, make sure to clean and dry watercraft and watersports equipment before coming to the lake. 
  • Fire restrictions are often put in place in the spring or summer months to prevent the spread of wildfires. Make sure to check for the most up-to-date regulations before burning anything.
  • Wheelchair-accessible features in the park include designated parking, restrooms, campsites, and fishing piers. 

Nearby attractions

For desert enthusiasts, camping near Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area is a must. Experience camping like never before, with the vibrant hues of the Mojave Desert, unique wildlife encounters, and spectacular night skies that make Beaver Dam Wash a fantastic outdoor experience.

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