List of Nevada state parks
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.
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. 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." The parks are grouped into a Northern Region and a Southern Region.
List of current state parks
|Park name||Image||County or
|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||Nye||7,392 ft (2,253 m)||1974||Interprets a partially restored 1876 courthouse in the ghost town of Belmont.|
|Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||Clark||1,923 ft (586 m)||1991||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||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||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||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||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||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||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
- Floyd Lamb State Park was renamed Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs on July 2, 2007, when ownership was transferred to the City of Las Vegas.
- Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park was operated by Nevada State Parks until June 30, 2011, when ownership was transferred to Douglas County.
- The former Walker Lake State Recreation Area is no longer maintained by Nevada State Parks; boat ramp users are advised "they do so at their own risk."
- "Van Sickle Bi-State Park". Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "About". Nevada Division of State Parks. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- "Nevada State Parks Contacts and Regional Offices". Nevada Division of State Parks. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- All data come from respective Nevada State Parks webpage unless otherwise noted.
- "Geographic Names Information System". United States Geological Survey.
- Puit, Glenn (1997-12-14). "Living History". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas, Nev.). pp. 1B.
- "Parks and Recreation". Nevada Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-11.