Nevada is a land of radically changing terrain, everything from stark deserts to lush mountain forests, and the best way to explore it all is in the Silver State’s many recreation areas. From top to bottom, Nevada is overflowing with these wilderness gateways, so whether you’re in the mood for fishing, hiking or even honest-to-goodness backcountry camping, the state has you covered.
Valley of Fire State Park isn’t just the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, it’s also one of the most impressive, with incredible sandstone formations created when dinosaurs roamed.
Among other beautiful State Parks in Lincoln County lies Cathedral Gorge State Park. Known for its dramatic, carved cliffs and slot canyons, what lies here today are remnants of the Pliocene-era. Officially set aside as State Park turf in 1924, the park became official in 1935 with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Many of the parks picnicking facilities were constructed in the 1930s by the CCC, including the stone water tower, picnic awning, and restrooms.
The Ruby Mountains are flush with wildlife, mountain scenery, lakes, streams and valleys, and provide nearly endless opportunities for hiking and outdoor adventure.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park offers a number of different areas for visitors to enjoy.
One of the most picturesque spots in Nevada can be found in Kershaw-Ryan State Park, just three miles south of Caliente at the northern edge of Rainbow Canyon.