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Camping Adventures

Developed, public campgrounds are scattered throughout the Elko area. Most are managed by the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management and have daily camping fees posted. The majority of undeveloped areas on public lands are also open to camping.


campingTravels through these towering, rugged peaks. The glacially formed canyon winds around Ruby Dome Mountain, highest peak in the range at 11,387 feet, and is filled with spectacular scenery. Thomas Canyon Campground has over 40 overnight sites, for both RV's and tents.


Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway

Distance from Elko: 25 miles (40.3 km)
Services: Limited services available in Lamoille (13 miles)
Map: #1 on map

South Fork State Recreation Area

Nevada's newest State Park features a 90-foot high dam restraining a 1,650 acre reservoir. A developed campground has 25 campsites.

Distance from Elko: 16 miles (25.8 km)
Services: Limited services available in Spring Creek (5 miles)
Map: #2 on map

Angel Lake Scenic Byway

A small blue jewel nestled in the East Humboldt Range, Angel Lake is the only alpine lake accessible by paved road in the area. Main campground has 26 overnight camping sites with 18 additional sites at Angel Creek.

Distance from Elko: 58 miles (06.7 km)
Services: All services available in Wells (8 miles / 13.4 km)
Map: #3 on map

Wild Horse State Recreation Area

This recreation area is centered on the northwest shore of Wild Horse Reservoir. Area offers beautiful views of the Independence Range. Several developed campground areas to choose from.

Distance from Elko: 70 miles (112.7 km)
Services: All services available
Map: #4 on map

Wildhorse Reservoir

Wildhorse Reservoir is managed by the Nevada Division of Wildlife but the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes manage several camping areas on the northeast side of the reservoir. These camping sites and day use areas provide easy access to the water. Day use, nightly, weekly and monthly camping is available at reasonable rates. Vault toilets and some picnic tables are available.

Distance from Elko: 70 miles (112.7 km)
Services: Limited services through Dunn’s Wildhorse Resort (1 mile / 1.6 km)

South Ruby Campground

Perched in the foothills of the southern Ruby Mountains overlooking the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, this 35 campsite facility is located in a pinyon pine and juniper setting. Bird watching, fishing hunting and just relaxing are popular at this site. Also, associated with the campground is a fish cleaning facility and RV sanitary station.

Distance from Elko: 65 miles (104.7 km)
Services: None available
Map: #5 on map

BLM Campgrounds

• Tabor Creek - 30 miles northwest of Wells on mostly gravel road. Elevation 6,000 feet, 10 campsites, tables, fire rings, toilet facilities, no drinking water, fee $2 accessible mid April - late November. 

• Zunino / Jiggs Reservoir - 30 miles southeast of Elko via state route 227 to state route 228. Elevation 5,600 feet. Open camping on north and south shores only. Tables, grills, toilet facilities in day use area, no drinking water, fee $2 

• Wilson Reservoir - 83 miles northwest of Elko via state route 225 to state route 226, the last 16 miles on gravel road. Elevation 5,300 feet, 15 camp sites, tables, fire ring, toilet facilities, dump station, hand pump water, boat ramp, fee $2 per visit, camping $4 per vehicle per night. Accessible late April - October. 

• North Wildhorse Campground - 70 miles north of Elko on state route 225. Elevation 6,200 feet, 18 campsites, tables, fire rings, grills, three group sites, toilet facilities, hand pump water, gravel roads, camping fee is $6 per night, per vehicle. Drinking water not available. Open late May - October.