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Beaver Dam State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/bd.htm

Beaver dam state park is eastern nevada's most remote park, and is a popular area for hikers and nature enthusiasts who enjoy its primitive and rustic character. deep canyons, pinion and juniper forests, a flowing stream and numerous beaver dams are the primary features, offering fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, photography and nature study. facilities include campgrounds, a group use area, a day-use picnic area, and hiking and interpretive trails. beaver dam is open year-round, weather permitting, but travel is not advised during winter months.

Belmont Courthouse State Historic Site

http://parks.nv.gov/bc.htm

Built in 1876, the belmont courthouse was the seat of nye county government until 1905. the building is partially restored and offers a glimpse into nevada's colorful past. belmont courhousealthough no developed facilities are available, camping and picnic facilities are available on nearby public lands or the u. s. forest service pine creek campground in the monitor valley, located 20 miles north of belmont via nevada highway 82.

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/bi.htm

Berlin-ichthyosaur state park is located 23 miles east of gabbs, via state route 844. the park is open all year but extreme winter weather may prohibit travel. nestled at 7,000 feet on the scenic western slope of central nevada's shoshone mountain range, the park provides a vast array of stimulating recreational opportunities. the forested slopes provide shade and breezes help to moderate the summer temperatures which seldom exceed 90 f (32 c). late spring and early fall can often be the nicest times of the year. winter visits to the park are possible, but be certain to call for weather and road conditions.

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area

http://parks.nv.gov/bb.htm

Big bend state recreation area is located five miles south of laughlin on the needles highway. the park is within the town limits of laughlin, one mile south of casino drive on south needles hwy. big bend is nevada's newest state park that opened in 1996. situated on the shores of the colorado river below laughlin in nevada's southern tip. the park offers dramatic views of the river and surrounding mountains. the park offers camping, hiking and group facilities and popular activities include picnicking, boating, fishing and swimming. although the town of laughlin is also relatively new, it offers many amenities including casinos, golf courses and an outlet mall.

Cathedral Gorge State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/cg.htm

Cathedral gorge is located in a long, narrow valley where erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. trails abound for exploring the cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires. miller point, a scenic overlook just north of the park entrance on u.s. 93, offers excellent views of the scenic canyon. shaded picnic areas and a tree-shaded campground area are open all year. hiking, picnicking, camping, nature study, photography and ranger programs are the most common activities at the park.

Cave Lake State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/cl.htm

Cave lake is open year round and is located 15 miles southeast of ely via u.s. 50/6/93 and success summit road. the 32-acre reservoir at cave lake state park is popular for trout fishing, crawdadding, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping. perched in the middle of the schell creek range, adjacent to the humboldt national forest at an elevation of 7,300 feet, the park offers outstanding scenic views and opportunities for nature study and photography. facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat launch. winter sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing and ice skating are also available. snow sculpting is becoming a popular activity, and the white pine fire & ice show is the premier winter event in the area.

Dayton State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/dsp.htm

dayton state park is located in the town of dayton, one of nevada's first permanent settlements. the carson river flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. the rock point mill, built in 1861, was once used to process rich silver ore from nearby virginia city. remnants of the mill are still visible within the park, just west of u.s. 50. picnicking, camping and group use facilities are available. dayton summer temperatures range from 80-100 degrees fahrenheit with lows around 40-50 degrees. dayton state park is located on u.s. 50, 12 miles east of carson city.

Echo Canyon State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/ec.htm

echo canyon state park offers a 65-acre reservoir with a campground, picnic area, group use facilities and boat launch. the park is popular for camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of eastern nevada. abundant wildlife, a wide variety of native plants and unique rock formations make exploration a favorite activity. echo canyon is located 12 miles east of pioche via state routes 322 and 323. the park's elevation is 5,200' and although it is open year-round, visitors should be aware of occasional snow during winter months. echo canyon state park is one of five state parks located in lincoln county, and is a popular area for camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of eastern nevada.

Elgin School House

http://parks.nv.gov/eg.htm

The elgin schoolhouse is a historic school in rural nevada's lincoln county. the schoolhouse was used from 1922 through 1967, when its last student reached eighth grade. in 1998, the building was restored to its original appearance and volunteers opened the building for tours by request. it became a state historic site in july 2005. the elgin schoolhouse state historic site features half of the house's original items. the rest are authentic to the time period. the site is open saturday and sundays in april, may, september, and october.

Fort Churchill State Historic Park

http://parks.nv.gov/fc.htm

A visitor center displays information and artifacts of the fort's history. the pony express and the overland telegraph once passed through this area. nearby is buckland station, a pony express stop, supply center, and former hotel built in 1870. facilities at fort churchill state historic park include trails, a campground, picnic area, group-use area and access to the carson river. visitors can enjoy hiking, historic and environmental education, camping, picnicking, photography and canoeing. the park is located eight miles south of silver springs on alternate u.s. 95, and one mile on fort churchill road.

Kershaw-Ryan State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/kr.htm

Kershaw-ryan state park is located two miles south of caliente via u.s. 93 and state route 317. it is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern limit of rainbow canyon. steep canyon walls tower over a long, narrow valley. early settlers here cultivated a garden of grape vines, trees, and grassy lawn surrounding a spring-fed pond, providing a sharp contrast to the rugged landscape. a picnic area, restrooms and trails offer visitors nature study, photography, picnicking, and hiking.

Lahontan State Recreation Area

http://parks.nv.gov/lah.htm

Lahontan state recreation area is located on the carson river, 18 miles west of fallon and 45 miles northeast of nevada's capital, carson city, via u.s. highway 50. the reno-sparks metropolitan area is slightly over one hour away by auto. you can access the park from two entrances: u.s. highway 50 east of silver springs and u.s. highway 95 south of silver springs. the reservoir is almost 17 miles long with 69 miles of shoreline. when full, it contains 10,000 surface acres of water.

Mormon Station State Historical Park

http://parks.nv.gov/ms.htm

Mormon station state historic park, located along the california emigrant trail in genoa, is the site of nevada's first permanent non-indian settlement, established in 1851. a small log cabin museum, built in 1947, houses artifacts and displays of information from nevada's early days. the site was once a trading post providing supplies to weary emigrants heading to california in search of gold. today, the park includes a museum, a stockade area with several wagons, meandering pathways, individual picnic sites, and a group use pavilion. the museum at mormon station is open to the public wednesday through sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. the park offers clean restroom facilities, eight individual picnic sites with bbqs, as well as a group use area (available for a fee by reservation only). there is no charge to wander through the park or to use the individual picnic sites. there is a $1 entry fee for the museum and a fee for using the group use pavilion. the 3.5 acre park is located 12 miles south of carson city via us 395 and state route 206, and approximately 12 miles east of south lake tahoe via state route 207 (kingsbury grade).

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

http://parks.nv.gov/olvmf.htm

The first permanent non-native settlers in the las vegas valley were a group of mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along las vegas creek in 1855. the fort was called old las vegas mormon fort. they successfully farmed the area by diverting water from the creek.today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which contains interpretive displays. the visitor center contains exhibits on the history of the site, as well as historic artifacts. historic interpretation is and will remain the focus of the park.

Rye Patch State Recreation Area

http://parks.nv.gov/rp.htm

Rye patch reservoir, along the humboldt river, covers 11,000 acres when full. here, visitors enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking. a campground, boat launch and picnic sites are provided. rye patch is open all year round

South Fork State Recreation Area

http://parks.nv.gov/sf.htm

South fork reservoir covers 1,650 acres and is surrounded by 2,200 acres of wildlife-filled meadow lands and rolling hills. it is popular for hunting, camping, boating, picnicking, winter sports and wildlife viewing. the park is best known for its trophy-class trout and bass fishery. facilities include a boat launch, campground, trailer dump station and picnic area. located 16 miles south of elko on state route 228, the park is open year-round, but access may be hampered by extreme cold and snow during the winter months.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/smr.htm

Spring mountain ranch is located within the red rock canyon national conservation area, beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent wilson range. the many springs in these mountains provided water for paiute indians and later brought mountain men and early settlers to the area. this 520 acre oasis was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat by a string of owners who have given the area a long and colorful history. past owners of the ranch included chester lauck of the comedy team "lum & abner," german actress vera krupp, and millionaire howard hughes.

Spring Valley State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/sv.htm

Spring valley state park offers water oriented recreation at the 65 acre eagle valley reservoir. boat launching, picnicking and camping facilities are available. visitors also enjoy hiking, exploring and touring the historic ranch house museum. the park is located 20 miles east of pioche via state route 322. spring valley state park is open all year, although snow may make winter access difficult.

Valley of Fire State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/vf.htm

Valley of fire state park is located only six miles from lake mead and 55 miles northeast of las vegas via interstate 15 and on exit 75. valley of fire is nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. the valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the mojave desert. ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old indian petroglyph. popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. the park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. several group use areas are also available. the park is open all year.

Walker Lake State Recreation Area

http://parks.nv.gov/walk.htm

Walker lake is one of the last remnants of an ancient inland sea which covered much of western nevada nearly 10,000 years ago. visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking, plus facilities at the park include shade ramadas, tables and grills along a sandy beach. walker lake state recreation area is located 11 miles north of hawthorne on u.s. 95. the park is open all year.

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

http://parks.nv.gov/ww.htm

W ard charcoal ovens state historic park is located in the egan mountain range approximately 18 miles south of ely, nevada. this beautiful park is mostly known for its six beehive-shaped historic charcoal ovens; however, the park offers an array of recreational opportunities. there are trails for hiking, mountain biking and atv riding. there are abundant wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. willow creek, a small perennial stream, supports naturally reproducing rainbow, brown and brook trout for a unique fishing experience. in addition there are facilities for picnicking and camping. the park also has fantastic views of wheeler peak, located in the great basin national park. in addition, if you decide to stay the night you will be treated to some of the starriest skies in the west.

Washoe Lake State Park

http://parks.nv.gov/wl.htm

Washoe lake and little washoe lakes are located in the heart of scenic washoe valley, between carson city and reno. here, visitors will find spectacular views of the majestic sierra nevada and the carson range. popular activities in the park include nature study, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, windsurfing, water skiing, catamaran sailing, jet skiing and fishing. a campground, boat launches, group use area, day-use picnic sites and equestrian trailhead are available. a wetlands area with a viewing tower and interpretive displays is a new addition to the park. the park is located 10 miles north of carson city and 15 miles south of reno. take u.s. 395 north to the east lake boulevard exit, than drive north on east lake boulevard approximately 3.1 miles to the park entrance. from reno, take 395 south to the east lake boulevard intersection, turn left, and drive south on east lake boulevard for 7.1 miles to the park entrance.

Wild Horse State Recreation Area

http://parks.nv.gov/wh.htm

Wild horse state recreation area is located on the northeast shore of wild horse reservoir. the 140 acre recreation area is an excellent focal point when visiting wild horse. visitors to the area enjoy camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing and boating. facilities include campgrounds, a trailer dump station, boat launch and ranger station. the park wildhorse reservoir is open year-round, but access may be hampered by extreme cold and snow in winter months. wild horse reservoir commonly boasts the state's lowest winter temperatures. the park is located 67 miles north of elko on state route 225.

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