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Southern Nevada offers a wide variety of camping opportunities on public lands. BLM features one developed campground at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and many primitive (no facilities or water provided) camping opportunities.

Within the Las Vegas Valley, camping is not allowed. The boundaries are:

• North – Apex on I-15 or Lee Canyon on US 95
• South – Sloan Exit on I-15 or mile marker 22 on State Route 604
• East – National Park Service’s Lake Mead National Recreation Area
• West – U.S. Forest Service’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Las Vegas Valley camping closure map

While camping choices are almost limitless, camping stays in the same location are limited to 14 days. Primitive campsites must be located at least 200 feet from roads and water sources such as spring, ponds, creeks or waters provided for wildlife or livestock. Gray water may be dumped at least 200 feet from any water source. Dumping sewage on public land is not legal.

Because there are many primitive campfire pits already on the landscape, please use existing pits. Before building a fire, please check local fire restrictions as campfires may be banned during certain times of the year.

To preserve the Mojave Desert and good camping opportunities for others, please practice Leave No Trace principles.

These include:

• Plan ahead and prepare
• Travel and camp on durable surfaces
• Dispose of waste properly
• Leave what you find
• Minimize campfire impacts
• Respect wildlife
• Be considerate of other visitors

Due to the area’s hot summer climate, camping is generally recommended from October to March.

Popular camping locations include:

Knob Hill Primitive Camping
Knob Hill offers primitive camping south of Nelson and north of Searchlight and is primarily used by hunters, rock climbers and local campers. Directions – Highway 95 south to white county sign that reads “Nelson.” Take road two miles east to powerline road. Take powerline road east four miles to granite outcropping.

Logandale Trails System Primitive Camping
Directions – Follow I-15 to Logandale exit number 93. Turn right on Liston Drive (3.3 miles on SR 169 from I-15) immediately after Post Office. Follow road 5.6 miles to trails system. Campsites with some tables are found along the 13 mile loop.

Virgin Mountains Primitive Camping
Virgin Mountains offers primitive camping east of Mesquite. Directions – Highway 15 toward Mesquite. Follow road to Bunkerville. After concrete bridge, turn left.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – Campground

This campground features 71 individual campsites and 7 group sites with a 14 day limit. The campground is on Moenkopi Road just past the BLM Fire Station, two miles east of the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive entrance and 2.5 miles west of I-215 off Highway 159 (Charleston Blvd). Most campsites include a picnic table, fire pit and grill & half the individual sites have shade structures, all the group sites have shade structures. Drinking water and vault toilets are available, no hookups or dump station are available. The campground is open 24 hours, however quiet times are 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Individual sites $15 per night with a limit of 9 people and two vehicles per site; group sites are $40 per night and are available for groups between 10 and 20 people and 8 vehicles per site. For more information & group site reservations please contact RRC_Reservations@blm.gov or call (702) 515-5367.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – Primitive Camping

Backcountry camping is available in some areas above 5,000 feet. Please call (702) 515-5371 for more information.

Last updated: 03-16-2015