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[4] Elevation[5] Year established[4] Remarks[4]
acres ha ft m
Beaver Dam State Park Lincoln 70032393000000000002,393 7003239300000000000968 70035348000000000005,348 70035348000000000001,630 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 70037392000000000007,392 70037392000000000002,253 1974 Interprets a partially restored 1876 courthouse in the ghost town of Belmont.
Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park Berlin-Icthyosaur St. Park.jpg Nye 70031540000000000001,540 7003154000000000000620 70036975000000000006,975 70036975000000000002,126 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 70031608000000000001,608 7003160800000000000651 70034819000000000004,819 70034819000000000001,469 1935 Showcases a gorge with soft bentonite walls eroded into dramatic spires.
Cave Lake State Park Cavelakeoverlook.JPG White Pine 70034160000000000004,160 70034160000000000001,680 70037198000000000007,198 70037198000000000002,194 Features a 32-acre (13 ha) reservoir in the northern Schell Creek Range.
Dayton State Park Lyon 7002152000000000000152 700215200000000000062 70034360000000000004,360 70034360000000000001,330 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 70031080000000000001,080 7003108000000000000440 70035348000000000005,348 70035348000000000001,630 1970 Adjoins a 65-acre (26 ha) reservoir.
Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site Lincoln 70033402000000000003,402 70033402000000000001,037 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 70034255000000000004,255 70034255000000000001,297 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 70034805000000000004,805 70034805000000000001,465 1935 Features a verdant canyon first homesteaded in 1873.
Lahontan State Recreation Area Lahontan.jpg Churchill and Lyon 70034258000000000004,258 70034258000000000001,298 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 700414301000000000014,301 70041430100000000005,787 70037880000000000007,880 70037880000000000002,400 1963 Comprises six units on the northeastern shore of Lake Tahoe and its backcountry.
Mormon Station State Historic Park Douglas 70003500000000000003.5 70003500000000000001.4 70034783000000000004,783 70034783000000000001,458 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 70031923000000000001,923 7003192300000000000586 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 70034137000000000004,137 70034137000000000001,261 1971 Adjoins the 11,000-acre (4,500 ha) Rye Patch Reservoir on the Humboldt River.
South Fork State Recreation Area SoForkReservoirNV.jpg Elko 70034000000000000004,000 70034000000000000001,600 70035226000000000005,226 70035226000000000001,593 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 7002520000000000000520 7002520000000000000210 70033727000000000003,727 70033727000000000001,136 1974 Preserves the historic Sandstone Ranch established in 1876.
Spring Valley State Park Lincoln 70035869000000000005,869 70035869000000000001,789 1969 Adjoins the 65-acre (26 ha) Eagle Valley Reservoir.
Valley of Fire State Park Valley of Fire Nevada10.jpg Clark 700434880000000000034,880 700434880000000000014,120 70032464000000000002,464 7003246400000000000751 1935 Showcases red sandstone formations in Nevada's oldest and largest state park.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Douglas 7002725000000000000725 7002725000000000000293 70036283000000000006,283 70036283000000000001,915 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 7002160000000000000160 700216000000000000065 70037054000000000007,054 70037054000000000002,150 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 70038053000000000008,053 70038053000000000003,259 70035033000000000005,033 70035033000000000001,534 1977 Provides recreation opportunities on Washoe Lake, between Carson City and Reno.
Wild Horse State Recreation Area Elko 7002140000000000000140 700214000000000000057 70036250000000000006,250 70036250000000000001,900 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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