7 Best Campgrounds & RV Resorts around Las Vegas

Jul 24, 2017

Camping around Las Vegas ranges from pitching a tent under the stars in the open desert to RV camping under a neon sign within the city limits. Both have their advantages, and there are plenty of great places for either. Within a 30-minute drive of Las Vegas, you can find wonderful campgrounds in outstanding natural surroundings, and if you're willing to travel an hour outside the city, your options open up even further. For RVers coming to Las Vegas to experience the city, you'll find quality RV parks within a short drive of the Strip and downtown Las Vegas.

Summer temperatures around the city can soar, with daytime highs in the 100 degree Fahrenheit range. In winter, nights in the desert can be cool. The best time for camping around Las Vegas is generally in the spring and fall, which is also the high season. Many of the state parks and national parks have first-come, first-served campsites, but RV parks should generally be booked in advance.

1 Boulder Beach Campground at Lake Mead

Boulder Beach Campground at Lake Mead
Boulder Beach Campground at Lake Mead | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

On a warm day there is no better place for camping around Las Vegas than at Boulder Beach. The pebble and rock beach, which attracts hordes of people here on sunny days and warm weekends, is just a 15-minute walk or short drive from this national park campground. It's far enough away that you won't be bothered by the noise but close enough for easy access. From the campground, you also get outstanding views over the deep blue water of Lake Mead to the distant mountains on the opposite shore. Huge trees dominate the grounds, providing shade and filtered light to the campsites and attracting birds. From a distance, the campground looks like an oasis in the desert.

The campground has 154 sites, all of which are first-come, first-served. Facilities consist of flush toilets, and there are no hookups and no showers.

2 Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach

Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach
Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Next to the national park campground is the Boulder Beach RV Park. This is a privately owned RV park located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The RV Park is set on a gently sloping hillside, with huge palm trees scattered around the grounds and unobstructed views over Lake Mead. You can walk to the beach in about 20 minutes.

This RV park offers 115 RV-only sites with full hookups. Facilities include showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, an on-site store, and recreation areas.

3 Red Rock Canyon Campground

Red Rock Canyon Campground
Red Rock Canyon Campground | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Just 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, and five minutes from the western edge of the city, Red Rock Canyon Campground is the closest wilderness style campground to Las Vegas. And although you have all the conveniences of the big city at your doorstep, this campground offers no hint of city life. Set off on its own in the desert, just two miles from the main entrance to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the feeling here is remote and rugged. Surrounded by mountains and hills, the campsites are well spaced and have scenic views in every direction. If you don't want to camp right in the city but would like to be near enough to enjoy Las Vegas, you can't beat Red Rock Canyon.

This is a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) campground, and sites are first-come, first-served, apart from group sites, which are reservable. This campground is closed for the summer, from late May to the start of September. In peak season and around holidays, you definitely want to arrive early in the day to secure a campsite. The campground is frequently full, particularly on weekends, but turnover is high, with most visitors only spending a night or two. Facilities include vault toilets only, and there are no hookups or dump station.

4 Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort
Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

The Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort is a well maintained facility right in Las Vegas, just south of the Las Vegas Strip. The grounds are like an oasis, with large trees and grass, and palm trees surrounding a lovely pool. This is a huge facility with 700 sites, including pull-through sites, sites for big rigs, paved sites, full hookups, and a security gate at the check-in area. Recreational facilities include a family pool, adult pool, hot tub, exercise room, games areas, and a rec hall. Also on-site are a snack bar, grocery store, ATM machine, restaurant, laundry, and more. This is like a small town designed for RVers.

5 Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town

Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town
Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Located in Las Vegas, about 15 minutes northeast of the Las Vegas Strip, and along what's often called the "Boulder Strip," this RV park makes a convenient base in the city. The park has 287 sites, including pull-through sites, big rig access, full hookups, a small pool, and showers. You can purchase Wi-Fi at your site for a daily fee. The park has a north and south section; the largest section is the south portion.

A free shuttle service to the Las Vegas Strip is provided by the park for guests. In the area surrounding the Las Vegas KOA are all kinds of restaurants and other retail outlets.

6 Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Although Valley of Fire State Park is an hour from Las Vegas, the camping here is outstanding. Set around huge red rock formations and dramatic desert scenery, the setting is reminiscent of camping at Joshua Tree National Park in California. The hiking trails in this park are some of the most scenic in Nevada.

The park has two campgrounds, both of which are first-come, first-served. The main campground, open year-round, is Atlatl Rock Campground, with 44 sites, 22 of which are for RV sites with water and electrical hookups. Three walk-in only tent sites are well positioned and very private. Facilities include flush toilets and showers. Nearby, Arch Rock Campground is equally, if not more, beautiful than Atlatl, but has only 29 sites, pit toilets, no showers, and is not suitable for large RVs. This section may not be open depending on the season.

7 Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead

Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead
Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

This beautifully manicured national park campground is scenic and particularly lovely in spring, when the flowering trees are in bloom. Huge eucalyptus trees provide shade, and many of the campsites have views across the valley to the distant mountains. The campground does not have views of Lake Mead, but does look out over Las Vegas Creek, which winds its way through the dry landscape, far below the campground.

The property has 85 first-come, first-served sites, and is open all year to tents and RVs, with a 30-day limit on stays. Facilities include flush toilets and showers.

Where to Stay if Campgrounds are Full or the Weather is Bad

One of the things that can easily throw a wrench into your camping plans, particularly if you are tent camping, are heavy winds, which tend to crop up from time to time around Las Vegas. Even on sunny days, you can sometimes see winds of 50 to 80 miles per hour, and this can wreak havoc on tents. If you want to temporarily abandon your camping plans, you can find reasonably priced accommodation in Las Vegas. Prices vary greatly depending on whether or not major conventions or events are taking place in the city during your stay.

  • Mid-Range Hotels: The Mirage Hotel is one of the large resorts right on the Las Vegas Strip, and it's hard to miss with an erupting volcano that blows up every evening on the half hour. You can usually find good prices here, and the hotel has a variety of room types, from standard rooms to three-bedroom villas. With a great location on the Strip, New York - New York Hotel also frequently offers good deals. If you want to step up a level and treat yourself, The Palazzo Resort Hotel offers spacious suites and luxury amenities, but is also usually quite affordable.
  • Budget Hotels: For budget hotels, your best option is to avoid the Las Vegas Strip and find a hotel 10 to 15 minutes away. One of the best budget hotels, which also has a little character, is the Main Street Station Hotel, near the downtown Fremont Street area. This economical train-themed hotel offers comfortable and spacious rooms. If you really want to be on the Strip, try the trendy LINQ Hotel, with smaller rooms but a prime location near the Ferris wheel on the LINQ.

Discover More Beautiful Campgrounds in the Southwest

One of the most beautiful parks and camping areas in the Southwest is Joshua Tree National Park, just 3.5 hours away, where you can camp among bizarre rock formations and Joshua trees. For travelers heading into Utah, have a look at our articles on campgrounds around St. George or nearby Zion National Park. In the high country, see our articles on camping in Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. In Northern Utah, you can find great spaces to pitch a tent or park your RV in the campgrounds around Moab, including nearby Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.

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