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. 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. The system manages 23 state park units, some of which have multiple units. The Division is headquartered in Carson City and has two management regions statewide: the Northern Region (Fallon Office) and the Southern Region (Las Vegas Office).[1][2]

List of current state parks[edit]

Park name Image County or
counties
Area[3] Elevation[4] Estab-
lished[5]
Remarks[5]
acres ha ft m
Beaver Dam State Park Lincoln 2,182 883 5,348 1,630 1935 Preserves a section of Beaver Dam Wash in eastern Nevada's most remote state park.
Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park Berlin-Icthyosaur St. Park.jpg Nye 1,116 452 6,975 2,126 1957 Preserves in situ ichthyosaur fossils and the ghost town of Berlin.
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area Clark 2,105 852 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 1,632 660 4,819 1,469 1935 Showcases a gorge with soft bentonite walls eroded into dramatic spires.
Cave Lake State Park Cavelakeoverlook.JPG White Pine 4,081 1,652 7,198 2,194 1973 Features a 32-acre (13 ha) reservoir in the northern Schell Creek Range.
Dayton State Park Lyon 152 62 4,360 1,330 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 1,055 427 5,348 1,630 1970 Adjoins a 65-acre (26 ha) reservoir.
Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site Lincoln 0.7 0.28 3,402 1,037 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 3,944 1,596 4,255 1,297 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 265 107 4,805 1,465 1935 Features a verdant canyon first homesteaded in 1873.
Lahontan State Recreation Area Lahontan.jpg Churchill,
Lyon
28,892 11,692 4,258 1,298 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, Washoe County 14,301 5,787 7,880 2,400 1963 Comprises six units on the northeastern shore of Lake Tahoe and its backcountry.
Mormon Station State Historic Park Douglas 3.5 1.4 4,783 1,458 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 3 1.2 1,923 586 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 Rye-Patch-Reservoir-Nevada-NASA-ISS014-E-17916.JPG Pershing 2,449 991 4,137 1,261 1971 Adjoins the 11,000-acre (4,500 ha) Rye Patch Reservoir on the Humboldt River.
South Fork State Recreation Area SoForkReservoirNV.jpg Elko 3,903 1,579 5,226 1,593 193 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 539 218 3,727 1,136 1974 Preserves the historic Sandstone Ranch established in 1876.
Spring Valley State Park 2015-01-15 13 08 41 View east across Eagle Valley Reservoir in Spring Valley State Park, Nevada.JPG Lincoln 927 375 5,869 1,789 1969 Adjoins the 65-acre (26 ha) Eagle Valley Reservoir.
Valley of Fire State Park Valley of Fire Nevada10.jpg Clark 45,938 18,590 2,464 751 1935 Showcases red sandstone formations in Nevada's oldest and largest state park.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Douglas 725 293 6,283 1,915 2011 Managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks in conjunction with the California Tahoe Conservancy; 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 700 280 7,054 2,150 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 3,775 1,528 5,033 1,534 1977 Provides recreation opportunities on Washoe Lake, between Carson City and Reno.
Wild Horse State Recreation Area North Wildhorse Recreation Area on Elko District (7692152228).jpg Elko 120 49 6,250 1,900 1979 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. ^ "About Nevada State Parks". Nevada State Parks. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Contact". Nevada State Parks. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Inventory of State Lands" (PDF). Nevada Division of State Lands. May 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2017.  Area figures are rounded.
  4. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". United States Geological Survey. 
  5. ^ a b Dates and information from respective state parks' webpages.
  6. ^ Johnson, Charlie (September–October 2011). "Parks and Recreation". Nevada Magazine. Nevada Commission on Tourism. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 

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