List of Nevada state parks

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Map of State Parks of Nevada
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Green pog.svg State parks; Red pog.svg State historic parks; Blue pog.svg State recreation areas

This list of Nevada state parks comprises protected areas managed by the U.S. state of Nevada, which include state parks, state historic sites, and state recreation areas. There are currently 24 state park units, including Van Sickle Bi-State Park which opened in July 2011 and is operated in partnership with the state of California.[1]

The system is managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks within the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Division of State Parks was created by an act of the Nevada Legislature in 1963.[2] Their mission statement reads: "The Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors. The Division also preserves areas of scenic, historic and scientific significance in Nevada."[2] The parks are grouped into a Northern Region and a Southern Region.[3]

List of current state parks[edit]

Park name Image County or
counties
Area in
acres (ha)[4]
Elevation[5] Year estab-
lished
[4]
Remarks[4]
Beaver Dam State Park Lincoln 2,393 acres (968 ha) 5,348 ft (1,630 m) 1935 Preserves a section of Beaver Dam Wash in eastern Nevada's most remote state park.
Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park Belmont,NV Courthouse.JPG Nye 7,392 ft (2,253 m) 1974 Interprets a partially restored 1876 courthouse in the ghost town of Belmont.
Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park Berlin-Icthyosaur St. Park.jpg Nye 1,540 acres (620 ha) 6,975 ft (2,126 m) 1957 Preserves several in situ ichthyosaur fossils and the ghost town of Berlin.
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area Clark 1996 Overlooks the Colorado River within the town limits of Laughlin.
Cathedral Gorge State Park Eroded columns in Cathedral Gorge State Park (3193580920).jpg Lincoln 1,608 acres (651 ha) 4,819 ft (1,469 m) 1935 Showcases a gorge with soft bentonite walls eroded into dramatic spires.
Cave Lake State Park Cavelakeoverlook.JPG White Pine 4,160 acres (1,680 ha) 7,198 ft (2,194 m) Features a 32-acre (13 ha) reservoir in the northern Schell Creek Range.
Dayton State Park Lyon 152 acres (62 ha) 4,360 ft (1,330 m) 1977 Features a stretch of the Carson River and the site of an 1861 mill built to process silver ore from the Comstock Lode.
Echo Canyon State Park Echocyn.jpg Lincoln 1,080 acres (440 ha) 5,348 ft (1,630 m) 1970 Adjoins a 65-acre (26 ha) reservoir.
Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site Lincoln 3,402 ft (1,037 m) 2005 Preserves a rural schoolhouse used from 1922–1967. Closed since 2008 due to unrepaired flood damage on Nevada State Route 317.
Fort Churchill State Historic Park Fort Churchill, Nevada Ruins 1.JPG Lyon 4,255 ft (1,297 m) 1957 Encompasses the ruins of a U.S. Army fort staffed 1860–1869, plus a waystation on the Pony Express and Central Overland Routes, and a corridor along the Carson River connecting to Lahontan State Recreation Area.
Kershaw–Ryan State Park Lincoln 4,805 ft (1,465 m) 1935 Features a verdant canyon first homesteaded in 1873.
Lahontan State Recreation Area Lahontan.jpg Churchill and Lyon 4,258 ft (1,298 m) 1971 Surrounds Lake Lahontan, a 10,000-acre (4,000 ha) reservoir on the Carson River.
Lake Tahoe – Nevada State Park Marlette Lake dhReno.jpg Carson City and Washoe 14,301 acres (5,787 ha) 7,880 ft (2,400 m) 1963 Comprises six units on the northeastern shore of Lake Tahoe and its backcountry.
Mormon Station State Historic Park Douglas 3.5 acres (1.4 ha) 4,783 ft (1,458 m) 1955 Interprets Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement, established in 1851 on the California Trail by Mormon pioneers.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park Old Mormon Fort (8227858878).jpg Clark 1,923 ft (586 m) 1991[6] Interprets a partially reconstructed fort built by Mormon missionaries in 1855, the first nonnative structure in what would become Las Vegas.
Rye Patch State Recreation Area Rye-Patch-Reservoir-Nevada-NASA-ISS014-E-17916.JPG Pershing 4,137 ft (1,261 m) 1971 Adjoins the 11,000-acre (4,500 ha) Rye Patch Reservoir on the Humboldt River.
South Fork State Recreation Area SoForkReservoirNV.jpg Elko 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) 5,226 ft (1,593 m) Surrounds the 1,650-acre (670 ha) South Fork Reservoir on the South Fork Humboldt River.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.jpg Clark 520 acres (210 ha) 3,727 ft (1,136 m) 1974 Preserves the historic Sandstone Ranch established in 1876.
Spring Valley State Park Lincoln 5,869 ft (1,789 m) 1969 Adjoins the 65-acre (26 ha) Eagle Valley Reservoir.
Valley of Fire State Park Valley of Fire Nevada10.jpg Clark 34,880 acres (14,120 ha) 2,464 ft (751 m) 1935 Showcases red sandstone formations in Nevada's oldest and largest state park.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Douglas 725 acres (293 ha) 6,283 ft (1,915 m) 2011 Managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks in conjunction with the California State Parks. 575 acres lie within Nevada while 150 are within El Dorado County, California.
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park Ward Charcoal Ovens Nevada USA.jpg White Pine 160 acres (65 ha) 7,054 ft (2,150 m) 1994 Preserves six 30-foot-high (9.1 m) charcoal ovens used from 1876–1879 to produce fuel for smelting silver ore.
Washoe Lake State Park Washoe Lake State Park (2101158767).jpg Washoe 8,053 acres (3,259 ha) 5,033 ft (1,534 m) 1977 Provides recreation opportunities on Washoe Lake, between Carson City and Reno.
Wild Horse State Recreation Area Elko 140 acres (57 ha) 6,250 ft (1,900 m) Provides water recreation on the northeast shore of 2,830-acre (1,150 ha) Wild Horse Reservoir on the Owyhee River.

Former state parks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Van Sickle Bi-State Park". Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  2. ^ a b "About". Nevada Division of State Parks. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Nevada State Parks Contacts and Regional Offices". Nevada Division of State Parks. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  4. ^ a b c All data come from respective Nevada State Parks webpage unless otherwise noted.
  5. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". United States Geological Survey. 
  6. ^ Puit, Glenn (1997-12-14). "Living History". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas, Nev.). pp. 1B. 
  7. ^ "Parks and Recreation". Nevada Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 

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