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The best camping near Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Berlin-Ichthyosaur adventure.

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This remote Nevada park offers a mining ghost town and a large concentration of ichthyosaur fossils.  

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The best camping near Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park guide



Set on the slopes of the Shoshone Mountains in central Nevada, Berlin-Ichthyosaur is one of the most remote state parks in Nevada. It’s home to two main but separate attractions: the remains of the Berlin mining town, preserved in a state of arrested decay, which visitors can explore on a self-guided tour; and a large concentration of, and some of the largest known, fossilized remains of ichthyosaurs, dating from 225 million years ago, which can explored on a seasonally available guided tour. Several hiking trails, a picnic area, and one campground are also available.

Notable campgrounds

The Berlin-Ichthyosaur Campground offers 14 sites, along with picnic tables, fire rings, BBQ grills, and restrooms.

  • Best for RV campers: The campground offers some sites that are suitable for RVs up to 25 feet, though no hookups are available.
  • Best for tent campers: The campground offers spacious sites for tent campers.
  • Best for groups: The picnic area can be used by groups for overnight camping with advanced reservations.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. All campsites are first-come, first served, so it’s best to arrive earlier in the day, especially during peak periods. 
  2. If your travel plans are flexible, try visiting during the week and during off-peak and non-holiday times.
  3. If traveling with a group, you can reserve the picnic area to camp overnight in advance.

When to go

The park is open year-round, with summer being the peak time for visits. The campground is open year-round, though water is only available seasonally, usually from mid April to the end of October. Tours of the Fossil House are also available seasonally, on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 2pm, and last around 30 to 40 minutes. Winters are cold and snow can restrict road and other access. Late spring and early fall offer the best weather.

Know before you go

  • Bring everything you need with you. The closest services are in the town of Gabbs, while the nearest grocery store is in Tonopah, some distance away.
  • Bring cash as the park does not accept credit cards.
  • Pets are welcome but must be kept on a six-foot leash.
  • With elevations ranging from 6,840 feet to 7,880 feet, be aware of potential altitude issues.

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