Walker River State Recreation Area near Yerintong Nevada along the East Walker River is a brand new Nevada State Park being developed for opening in 2018-2019. The large park was recently donated to the state by private organizations looking to preserve the area. Home to historic cattle ranch lands the large property will be opened to the public for hiking, fishing, and exploration. Multiple camping options are being developed including a full hookup RV campground at this location (former site of Pitchfork Ranch) and primitive campgrounds are being developed along the river within the property.

    Opening details are yet to be finalized but work is ongoing to develop the area for public use. “A primitive campground that includes flush toilets and showers is being developed near the main house at Pitchfork Ranch. A full-hookup campground is also being built nearby. The main house on the property – a southwestern-style building, will be converted to a visitor center. ”

    The recreation area is located on the former Flying M, Rafter 7 and Pitchfork ranches and includes the Nine Mile area, a prized fishing area. The Walker Basin Conservancy purchased the properties and their water rights as part of the Walker Basin Restoration Program to preserve flows into Walker Lake. In 2016 the conservancy offered the land, valued at $8 million, to the state for use as a park.

    Equestrian and off-road vehicle use and water sports, including floating, fishing and kayaking. The park includes 28 miles of waterway, but for someone who wanted to float or kayak from the former Flying M Ranch to Pitchfork Ranch, it’s about 50 miles.

    RV Park and Campground

    South Ruby Campground near Ruby Valley Nevada in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is situated above Ruby Lake below the beautiful Ruby Mountains at a 6000’ elevation, near the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Ruby Valley Nevada. Ruby Valley is a surprising wildlife oasis. An expansive marsh is laced with riparian corridors coursing with cool, spring fed waters. Together with lush meadow and shrub-steppe uplands, these habitats support a diversity of wildlife seldom found in the high desert and is one of the most important waterfowl nesting areas in the region. The refuge is either home or a stopover location for over 220 species of birds. Of specific interest are canvasback ducks, trumpeter swans, greater sandhill cranes and sage grouse. Mule deer and pronghorn antelope can also be found in the area.

    Ruby Lake is visible from the campground and offers excellent birding, fishing and hiking. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass and several species of trout. The Ruby Lake NWR headquarters is 2 miles north of the campground and offers visitor information.

    The campground is located on the Hastings Cutoff route, near the Pony Express Trail and historic ruins of Fort Ruby. A new interpretive trail was recently constructed at the Fort Ruby historic site and provides insight on local history as well as spectacular views of the southern Ruby Mountains and beyond, all relatively uninterrupted by human development. The southern trailhead for the Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail at Green Mountain is located within a reasonable driving distance from the campground. Many dirt and gravel roads begin at Harrison Pass (just north of the refuge) and Overland Pass (south of the area) and provide enjoyable routes for jeeps, off road motorcycles, OHVs, and mountain bikes.

    A forest of pinyon pine and juniper covers the area offering partial shade. The campground contains 33 single sites, 1 double and 1 handicap site with picnic tables and campfire rings. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided during the main summer season, which usually runs from early May to late September. The lower loop of the campground remains open all winter at a reduced fee with only campsites, picnic tables, and fire rings offered to campers during that time. Both RV and tent campsites are available for those who visit the campground. A fish cleaning station is located on site. Firewood and a trolling motor charging station are also available for a fee.

    Advanced reservations are available.

    Sacramento Pass Recreation Area BLM Campground 40 miles east of Ely Nevada near the top of Sacramento Pass along the northern edge of Great Bason National Park is a developed primitive (no hookups) campground with both pull thru and backin campsites just off US 50. Easy access for any size RV or tent camping this is a great location for inexpensive camping along US 50 in eastern Nevada. Sacramento Pass Recreation Area is centrally located between the Osceola Mining Town and Weaver Creek. The Blackhorse Mining District in the Sacramento Pass area was booming in 1906 with hard rock mining for gold. There are ghost town remains north of the recreation site across the highway. The Osceola Town site is still an active mining community that has unique mining equipment present. A network of signed two-track roads allows hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and OHV enthusiasts a chance to explore some beautiful country and see some historic mining ruins. There is approximately three miles of single-track trails that explore the unique rock formations near the campsite. These trails are not open to motorized use. Nearby, Weaver Creek is located in a beautiful canyon drainage offering wildlife viewing, mountain biking and hiking opportunities. Sacramento Pass Recreation Area also has a small pond for fishing. This pond is stocked with trout from the nearby Spring Creek Fish Hatchery. The remodeled site includes 10 new “pull-thru” and/or “back- in” campsites with low maintenance furnishings, interpretive kiosks and displays, toilet buildings and concrete walkways, pond-accessible trails and fully-accessible fishing deck, a hiking and biking trail, and an equestrian trailhead, as well as road improvements. The new Pond Campground Loop includes six new campsites and a vault toilet building, interpretive displays and a trailhead area. Five of the sites provide single family sun-shelters and furnishings, and the larger group campsite includes a group shelter, multiple tables and other furnishings. One of the single family units is fully-accessible. The Upper Trailhead/Campground offers four new camp sites, a vault toilet building, interpretive displays and a trailhead area. The trailhead/campground was especially designed to accommodate equestrian trail users with easy access to a multitude of trails just outside Great Basin National Park boundaries. One of the four campsites is fully accessible. Restrictions: Hunting/shooting is not allowed within developed recreation sites.