From the glitzy and lively nightlife of Sin City, take a journey to some of the United State’s most quintessential desert landscapes. Within just a matter of hours, you can go from immersing yourself in casinos on the Las Vegas strip to the national parks of Nevada and the southwest.

There’s no better way to explore the great outdoors than sleeping under the stars during a camping trip. So rent a campervan from Travellers Autobarn Las Vegas and take the road less traveled to one of these 8 amazing weekend camping trip destinations!

We’ll even recommend some great campervan sites that take you out of crowded accommodations for a Covid friendly escape.

Valley of Fire State Park – Nevada

Want to explore out-of-this-world landscapes in the oldest and largest state park in Nevada? Valley of Fire State Park is a must-visit for a weekend away in a campervan. It’s also one of the most impressive parks, with its incredible, ancient sandstone formations creating the illusion of red fire when hit by the sunlight.

Two campervans passing Valley of Fire

Your road trip will take you along the Valley of Fire Scenic Byway – an iconic road that is a photographer’s dream – and into the heart of the state park. Spend the weekend seeking out the best hiking trails, picnicking at rest areas, and camping under the stars.

Some of our favorite experiences include; hiking Fire Wave, exploring the stunning Pink Canyon, and enjoying the panoramic views at top of The Beehives. Mouse’s Tank Canyon and Trail is another great hike that will let you see the famed petroglyphs (ancient rock carvings) at Atlatl Rock.

There are several state-run RV camping grounds within the Valley of Fire State Park, some of which have water and power hookups available. Our top picks are Atlatl Rock Campground and Arch Rock Campground.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Nevada

If a weekend full of outdoor recreation is what you’re after, Lake Mead is the place to be. Formed by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead is the country’s largest manmade lake, with some 550 miles of shoreline and plenty of exciting outdoor activities to enjoy. Swim, kayak, hike, cycle, and fish the day away, before you set up camp for the night at one of several nearby campgrounds.

After a day outside, make a visit to nearby Boulder City, known as the “Most Charming Small Town” in Nevada.

All campgrounds in Lake Mead National Recreation Area are run by National Park Service and offer restrooms, running water, dump stations, grills, picnic tables, and shade.  You can get to Lake Mead in around 30 minutes from Las Vegas, making it an excellent weekend camping trip option.

Hoover Dam – Nevada

Aerial view of Hoover Dam

Another great option just nearby would be the world-famous Hoover Dam, on the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona. The arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River is a sight to behold … Constructed in the 1930s after the Great Depression, it was an architectural feat that remains as America’s largest reservoir to this day.

Hoover Dam is just 30 minutes southwest of Las Vegas and there are several camping options in the surrounding area. While spending a weekend camping by Hoover Dam, you can spend your days taking part in several exciting activities including walking tours of the dam, kayaking, visiting historical museums, and even taking a plane or helicopter tour of the dam and the surrounding landscapes.

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area – Nevada

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is found within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The locals know it as Mount Charleston, the tallest peak of the Spring Mountain range. Just 45 minutes’ drive from the strip, this national forest makes a speedy escape from the heat of the desert, thanks to its 7,500 ft elevation.

Nature lovers will appreciate the incredibly unique desert flora and fauna in the area, around 50 species found here do not exist anywhere else in the world. Be sure to keep an eye out for the iconic Bristlecone pine trees in this forest too.

In the colder months, the snow-capped peaks become a fun winter sports destination.

You can find several state-run RV camping sites here. We recommended Fletcher View Campground as it has been updated, and now has all the essential amenities including electrical hookups, drinking water, picnic sites, and fire rings.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – Nevada

Red Rock Canyon in Nevada

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just 20 miles west of Las Vegas and encompasses almost 200,000 acres within the Mojave Desert. A distinct contrast from its nearby town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock Canyon is well known for its abundance of outdoor adventure.

Its geological features, such as its towering red sandstone peaks, make it the perfect destination for outdoor recreational activities. Hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature observing, and picnicking are just some of the many drawcards of this incredible destination.

To get to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, you’ll head down a 13-mile scenic drive. When you’re ready to settle down for the evening, nearby Red Rock Canyon Campground is a good choice. The government-run site is suitable for campervans, RVs, and tent camping.

If you have time for an extended or holiday weekend getaway, the next destinations are fantastic options for you.

Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona

If you live in the southwest of the United States, or even if you are visiting from elsewhere, we’re almost certain the Grand Canyon is a place you have on your to-do list. But have you considered renting a campervan and spending a few days here camping out? It’s the most epic way to enjoy this incredible geological marvel.  In under 2 hours from Las Vegas, you can visit this wonder of the world and camp, hike, and sightsee to your heart’s content. When you’ve finished your day of adventure, head back to your campervan for a warm meal, and sleep under the stars.

For options on where you can stay overnight, check the camping options on the National Park Service website. We recommend Mather Campground on the South Rim, located in Grand Canyon Village. Camping in the Grand Canyon is very popular, so make sure you’re booking well in advance.

Death Valley National Park – California & Nevada

Death Valley has earned its name by being the hottest, driest, and lowest region in the United States. It lies on the border between the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert. Despite the name, this dessert still holds plenty to see and explore.

Some must-visits include Artists Drive – where you’ll find rainbow-colored rock formations and Badwater Basin – iconic salt flats that take you to an alien world. If you’re a Star Wars fan, Death Valley National Park made up the backdrop of Tatooine in the movies, go on a tour to find some of these special locations.

Experience campervan camping in one of the world’s harshest environments in comfort at Furnace Creek Campground. There are 18 RV sites available with full hookups and flush toilets. Spots are usually in high demand, so be sure to make reservations early.

Zion National Park – Utah

Campervan rental in Zion National Park

Zion National Park is the perfect destination for a weekend of camping and outdoor activities. Though relatively small, Zion attracts millions of visitors every year, due to its unique and breathtaking landscapes of red cliffs, mountains, and forests offer plenty of opportunities to photography enthusiasts, hikers, and rock climbers.

Located in southwest Utah, you can get to Zion National Park in less than 3 hours from Las Vegas. While in this destination, don’t miss the world-famous hiking trails; The Narrows, Angel’s Landing, and Canyon Overlook, just to name a few.

If you’re looking for an epic campground to book, we recommend South Campground due to its close proximity to the best hiking trails.

What are you waiting for?  Book your campervan rental in Las Vegas and hit the open road to one of these incredible campervan road trip destinations!

About the Author

Bastian Graf

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.

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