Tent Camping Near Reno

Tent Camping Near Reno
The bustling city of Reno, Nevada is chock full of indoor and outdoor adventure. There's fine dining, gambling, shopping and a lively nightlife. There's also hiking and rock climbing in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and the Carson Range, plus mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV tours. Catch-and-release fly fishing on the Truckee River draws anglers from around the region, as does fishing for trophy-size mackinaw on Lake Tahoe. RV-only resorts are located in downtown Reno, but if you prefer more rustic tent camping, there are several back-to-nature campgrounds just outside of town.

Davis Creek Regional Park

Campers have views of Washoe Lake and Slide Mountain from this regional park campground located about 20 miles south of Reno. There are 62 rustic campsites circling a small pond, available on a first come, first served basis. The sites have no hookups but there is a bathhouse with hot showers as well as drinking water and picnic areas. The park has a network of interpretive nature trails, and camping equestrians can access the horseback riding trails in nearby Toiyabe National Forest.

Davis Creek Regional Park
Off US 395
Washoe Valley, NV 89704
(775) 849-0684
washoecounty.us/parks

Washoe Lake State Park

This state park campground is located between Reno and Carson City, about 15 miles south of downtown Reno. It is nestled in the scenic Washoe Valley, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and Carson Range. There are 49 tent sites (no hookups) located at the Main Area Campground and available on a first come, first served basis. Sites have picnic tables, barbecue grills and fire pits. There are two bathhouses with hot showers. The park has a boat launch, fishing docks, picnic areas and horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails.

Washoe Lake State Park
4855 East Lake Blvd.
Carson City, NV 89704
(775) 687-4319
parks.nv.gov

Mount Rose Wilderness

This rustic campground, which sits at 9,300 feet in the Carson Range in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is about 25 miles from downtown Reno. There are no hookups at the sites, but each site has a picnic table and barbecue grill. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis. The campground has restrooms with flush toilets. You can access several hiking trails from the campground, including the Mt. Rose Wilderness Trail, Mt. Rose Summit Trail and the Tahoe Meadows Trail. Lake Tahoe is 9 miles away, where you can fish, swim and boat. Note: the campground is undergoing construction improvements in 2010 and some campsites may only be accessible for walk-in camping until construction is complete.

Mount Rose Wilderness
Hwy 431-Mt. Rose Hwy.
Washoe Valley, NV 89704
(530) 882-2766
fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/recreation/wilderness/mt_rose.shtml

Article Written By Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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