Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Cave Lake adventure.
With a 32-acre lake surrounded by mountains and trees, this Nevada park offers a scenic getaway.
Cave Lake State Park is one of those parks you would never guess is in Nevada—surrounded by wooded hills and tucked into a lush canyon, the area looks like it could perhaps be in Colorado instead. Despite its off-the-beaten-path status near the small town of Ely in eastern Nevada, Cave Lake is a destination in itself with several hiking trails, mountain biking opportunities, and a namesake lake wonderful for fishing, boating, swimming, and kayaking. (It’s even open for winter ice fishing.) Choose a spot at one of the park’s two campgrounds to experience Cave Lake for a few days.
The best time to go to Cave Lake is during the late summer and fall when roads are open and the trees are turning colors. Because of the high altitude and lake, summers are nice and cool at Cave Lake. Spring can bring some last-minute snowstorms, and in winter, the Elk Flat Campground is closed. Even still, winter sports such as ice fishing and snowmobiling are popular at Cave Lake.