Top State Parks in Nevada

Ever wondered why the state of Nevada is such a ONEderful place to live? We’ve listed seven reasons why this family-friendly state is a perfect fit for your outdoorsy lifestyle.

1.Echo Canyon (Pioche, NV) 

echo canyon-2Echo Canyon is a massive 35-acre reservoir with campsites, picnic areas, hiking trails, and a boat launch. As a part of the Colorado River watershed, tons of wildlife and awesome rock formations make for an incredible sight-seeing trip for the whole family!

2. Kershaw-Ryan State Park (Caliente, NV)

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This gorgeous state park is nestled in the canyons of the eastern Nevada. The story of Kershaw-Ryan’s contrasting beauty comes from its earliest settlers, who planted grape vines and fruit trees at the base of rocky hillsides.

3. Rye Patch State Recreation Area (Lovelock, NV)

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This 22-mile stretch of reservoir on the Humboldt River offers the perfect opportunity for a day of water-skiing, camping, or fishing! With 72 miles of shoreline, the views from all sides are unbeatable in the summertime.

4. Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort (Las Vegas, NV)

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In 1855, the first band of settlers arrived in the Las Vegas Valley — a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek, successfully diverting the water in order to cultivate the land. Today, partial remains of the original fort are left standing, along with awesome historic artifacts.

5. South Fork State Recreation Area (Elko, NV)

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What do you get when you combine 1,650 acres of reservoir, plus 2,200 acres of meadows and rolling hills? South Fork State Recreation Area. This park’s claim to fame is its unrivaled trout and bass fishing, which frequent fishermen define as boast-worthy.

6. Valley of Fire State Park (Overton, NV)


This is Nevada’s largest and oldest state park, and it attracts some of the world’s top photographers to capture the areas of petrified wood, fiery rock formations, and 3,000-year-oldIndian petroglyphs. The Valley of Fire’s name hails from the notable red sandstone formations,which took shape roughly 150 million years ago.

7. Ward Charcoal Ovens (Ely, NV)

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This beautiful basin originally served as a brief lodging base for settlers traveling from the southeastern side of the state to the nearest railroad town, Toano (which is now a ghost town,in case you were looking for a Scooby-Doo-type adventure). The area is most known for its massive, beehive-shaped ovens, called the Ward Charcoal Ovens; originally used for producing charcoal, the ovens remained standing and later served as large shelters for those passing through Ely, Nevada.


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