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.

    Boulder Beach Campground near Boulder City Nevada in Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a National Park Service Campground (NPS) offering primitive (no hookup) RV and tent camping adjacent to Lake Mead. The large campground is located within walking distance of the dammed Colorado River forming Lake Mead (the Hoover Dam creates the lake). Surrounded by scenic desert vistas the campground is popular during the shoulder seasons (fall and winter) for guests looking to enjoy boating on the lake or exploration in the surrounding desert.

    Note that summer camping can be dangerous due to extreme temperatures in this area. In the winter many mistakenly think this location will be warmer than it is (this area is “high desert” and experiences a cool to cold winter season).

    Not far from Las Vegas Boulder Beach is rough around the edges and will thankfully undergo improvements in 2017 thru 2018. “Rehabilitation of 73 campsites in Loop D and the northwest section, along with the campground roads, and the sanitation and potable water refill stations. Shade structures will also be added to the group sites.”

    Boulder Beach Campground is primarily used by short term campers in tents and small RVs looking to enjoy the recreation area. For guests looking for hookups the Lake Mead RV Village, privately operated, is immediately adjacent to this campground.

    Lake Mead Recreation Area is a NPS operated park with operational fee entrance stations requiring a significant cost to enter. Plan accordingly.