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Parks & Recreation in Nevada
Enjoy the pristine lakes, golden beaches and miles of hiking trails at several outdoor attractions and sites around the state. Nevada’s outdoor destinations include state parks and recreation areas that are open year round. From the shimmering waters of Lake Tahoe to the scenic landscapes around Hoover Dam, you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy an outdoor adventure in Nevada.
Southern Nevada is home to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the perfect place to spend time on the water or head off on a scenic bike ride or horseback riding adventure. You can also go rock climbing at Red Rock National Conservation Area or enjoy a picnic at the White Domes in Valley of Fire State Park.
When you’re heading to the Sierra Nevada region for fishing or skiing, don’t miss the chance to explore sites including the Mount Rose Ski Tahoe and the Heavenly Mountain Resort. Head off on a wildlife viewing exclusion at the Wild Horse State Recreation Area between Winnemucca and Elko to make the most of your explorations in northern Nevada.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Most outdoor adventure in Nevada is found at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area – ideal for everything aquatic and dusty to boot.
Head for Lake Mead for boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, and fishing. And if you’re trying to stay dry, explore the rest of this National Park site with hiking, biking, horseback riding, scenic drives, and more.
Floyd Lamb State Park
Named after former state senator Floyd Lamb, the Floyd Lamb State Park at Tule Springs is a treasured oasis in the Las Vegas Mojave Desert. The park's four lakes – Tule Springs Lake, Mulberry Lake, Cottonwood Lake, and Desert Willow Lake – are stocked with fish and great for those ready to drop in a line.
Other must sees within the park include the Tule Springs Archaeological Site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sight-seeing is highly regarded at the park – look out for the Tule Springs Historic House and Ranch House found along Tule Springs Road.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Silver State travelers looking for outdoor fun along the California border in northern Nevada, have a wonderful option near Reno.
The beautiful Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, home to North America's largest alpine lake, Lake Tahoe, provides plenty of recreational opportunities.
The sandy beaches and boat launching areas of Sand Harbor are a popular area of the park.
Memorial Point and Hidden Beach offer incredible views of the lake and its secluded shorelines. Fishermen, mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders and picnickers love the Spooner Lake area.
Mormon Station State Historic Park
Known as Nevada's "first permanent non-native settlement," the Mormon Station State Historic Park is located in the northern Nevada town of Genoa. The park originally served as a resting area for Mormon pioneers heading west along the California Trail in the 1800s.
Today, visitors of the Mormon pioneer settlement will see a replica of the original 1851 trading post stockade, that now serves as an informative museum, as well as enjoying picnics in the group pavilion. The park and museum are just a short drive from Gardnerville and is maintained by the Western Nevada Region of Nevada State Parks.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Found just 15 miles west of Las Vegas, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a historic once-working ranch in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
The 520-acre ranch, sits below the beautiful cliffs of the Wilson Range.
Las Vegas visitors are encouraged to tour the ranch, the Wilson Cemetery, the Board and Batten bunkhouse, the Hay and Horse Barn/Corral and the Sandstone Cabin.
Also enjoy one of the ranch's living history programs with re-enactments and demonstrations of pioneering skills, as well as the breath-taking views of Sandstone Canyon .
Topaz Lake Park
Located along the Nevada and California border in Northern Nevada, Topaz Lake Park is a beautiful outdoor scene in Gardnerville. Fishing is plentiful at the 3.5-mile long lake, as it remains stocked by the California Department of Fish and Game and the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Featuring a boat ramp, water sports and recreation on Topaz Lake are also popular activities among visitors. Topaz Lakes' primary inflow and outflow – keeping the waters fresh and pristine – comes from the West Walker River.
Valley of Fire State Park
The largest and oldest Nevada state park, the Valley of Fire State Park was officially dedicated in 1935.
The beautiful red sandstone formations, formed 150 million years ago, are the focal point in the park – including sites like Arch Rock, Elephant Rock, Mouse's Tank, the Beehives, the Clark Memorial and the Petrified Logs.
Guests enjoy hiking through the Mojave Desert on a variety of trails or pack a picnic, to enjoy under one of the shelters, or stopping by the Visitor Center for interactive exhibits.
The park is just a short drive southwest of Mesquite in southern Nevada near Lake Mead.
Wild Horse State Recreation Area
Comprised of 140 acres near Mountain City, the Wild Horse State Recreation Area is an outdoors person's paradise set near Elko in northern Nevada. The park is located along the shores of the 2,800-acre Wild Horse Resevoir – making Wild Horse an excellent spot for water recreation like fishing, boating, and swimming.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the scenery via the Wild Horse Loop Trail and the OHV Trail. Likewise, the Nevada Division of State Parks has helped to devleoped the area for ATV and snowmobile use given appropriate weather.