If you’re looking to escape into the desert and find some solitude in the Nevada state parks, then Valley of Fire State Park is calling your name. Located about an hour from Las Vegas and near Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park’s white domes and petroglyphs are exactly what your campervan bucket list needs!
While the area between Las Vegas and Valley of Fire State Park isn’t filled with options for campers looking to bed down for the night, that doesn’t mean you’re limited on quality options.
Whether you’re an avid hiker looking to Mouse’s Tank or someone looking for peace in the shade of rock formations, here are 6 great campervan campgrounds near Valley of Fires State Park to choose from!
If you’re looking to wake up and immediately head to the trailhead or visitor center, then nothing can beat the Atlatl Rock Campground for convenience. Located inside the park itself, this RV camping site has full hookups with a sanitary dump station located near the entrance. Wifi may be spotty at this site; however, you may get some cell signal depending on your carrier.
Atlatl Rock has 22 RV sites with hookups, and all sites are first-come, first-serve. The one exception to this rule is group camping, so if you plan to come in with a large group, you’ll need a reservation. You’ll want to have cash for the entrance fee as well as fees for the site itself, just in case!
Willow Beach at Lake Mead
Since Valley of Fire State Park is right next to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the majority of your campervan options are going to be in the Lake Mead NRA. Also, because Lake Mead is on the Nevada-Arizona border, some of these campgrounds (like this one) will actually be across state lines!
One of the more expensive options at a camping fee of $60 per night, this site makes sure you get your money’s worth! With full hookups, wifi, picnic tables, fire rings, and all your other needs met, you’ll be able to relax in comfort! There are 28 total RV sites at Willow Beach, so be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time as cell service here is spotty at best.
Fun ‘N Sun Mobile Home & RV Park
If you want an option that isn’t in Valley of Fire State Park but also doesn’t put you too far away from red rocks and the Fire Wave, Fun ‘N Sun is your best bet. Just outside of the park in the city of Overton, it’s a short drive on Nevada Route 169 to get to Valley of Fire Highway and into the park itself!
Since this is an RV Park that has many long-term stays, you can count on full electric, sewer, and water hookups as well as available wifi. You’ll want to call ahead about reservations, though, as this isn’t a first-come, first-serve setup.
Echo Bay RV Village
Located on the Nevada side of Lake Mead, this is a simple option with full water, sewer, and electric hookups. If you’ve been on the road for a while and are just looking for a simple, comfortable campervan spot, you can’t go wrong with Echo Bay!
The only possible downside here is that those who are looking for fire rings may be disappointed. While Echo Bay does have fire rings, you may run into temporary closures due to high winds or fire concerns. If this is something important to you, you’ll want to call ahead and confirm that they’ll have fire rings available for your use. Otherwise, you’ll have all your creature comforts, including wifi and phone service for most major carriers.
Las Vegas RV Resort
If you want to visit Valley of Fire State Park and Las Vegas, then the Las Vegas RV Resort is the most convenient option for you! Located on the eastern side of the city, it’s a bit of a drive to park, but you’ll have the advantage of proximity to all the city has to offer. In addition, a simple drive from Interstate 15 onto the Valley of Fire Highway will take you into the park’s west entrance, where you can enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing, or any number of outdoor activities!
If you have a longer itinerary planned and may continue east to see more of Nevada and Arizona’s state and national parks, this spot is worth the extra drive time! You can enjoy the park and city all while having full hookups and wifi. You’ll need to reserve your spot ahead of time; however, spots are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’re particular about where you want to park your RV, you may want to get there earlier so you can be better accommodated.
Happy Trails Campground & Mini Motel
While we realize that “RV” isn’t actually in the name, fear not! While this last spot does offer motel rooms and campsite (which might be a nice change of pace for campervans on long road trips), Happy Trails Campground also offers RV sites with full hookups! With full water, sewer, and 30 and 50-amp electric hookups, you’ll be able to enjoy your time and the views at hand! In addition, wifi is available in the office, so you have the option to step away from your devices as well as get service when you need it!
Make sure to reserve in advance. An RV spot is $35 per day, all-inclusive. This site is also over state lines and into Arizona. The bonus here is you can get views of the Grand Canyon from your campsite! If you don’t feel like making the drive to Valley of Fire State Park at any point, this little Arizona town has all the outdoor activities that you could want to enjoy!
No matter where you stay, Valley of Fire State Park is a gem that is passed over in favor of some of the area’s national parks and recreation areas. If you’re looking for some good hiking trails while visiting Valley of Fire, consider the Fire Wave Trail, White Domes Trail, or Petroglyph Canyon via Mouse’s Tank Trail. If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, consider Prospect Trail or Top of the World Arch Trail.
Whatever outdoor activity you’re looking for (even if that’s just lying in the sun), Valley of Fire State Park has it! Make sure to check the park’s website before your trip for the most up-to-date information on trails, camping, safety briefings, and more!
If this list has you envisioning a trip to the desert southwest, why not make that trip in a fully loaded campervan with free, unlimited miles? With a Las Vegas campervan rental, it doesn’t get any easier to enjoy the open road!
We hope you have a fantastic trip and can’t wait to hear all about it!
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Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.