Campers in the know are aware that the best camping near Las Vegas is actually not that far from the lights. There are a variety of campgrounds for RVs and travel trailers close to the city, as well as wooded options for tents and those looking to get out into nature.
The Silver State has outdoor offerings that keep up with any destination in the Desert Southwest, including more than 300 thermal pools to choose from. There are several hot springs near Las Vegas if you want to add one to your itinerary and the weather permits it (some hike-to options are seasonal and closed in summer due to heat). Some even boast of camping nearby.
Las Vegas’ Top Tent and RV Campgrounds
Las Vegas is known for a lot of happenings, with most of them “staying in Vegas”. However, some of the best things to do lie outside the city. Well over half of Nevada’s land is managed by the federal government, meaning campers have a bounty of choices when visiting. There are campgrounds to be found with fast access to the famous “Strip” or within the sole national forest of Nevada, the Humboldt–Toiyabe NF.
Here are the best and closest campgrounds to Las Vegas, NV, in order of proximity:
Las Vegas RV Resort (7 miles)
This is the perfect combination of proximity and luxury. The Las Vegas RV resort is the only adult-only RV resort aroun town. If you’re a solo traveler or a couple looking to get away, this has all the amenities you could want without most of the distractions of a typical RV resort.
For maximum comfort, plan on renting a cottage and having all the space you need to stretch out. For those looking to hit the casinos, you can skip the madness of the Las Vegas Strip with Henderson’s best slots just a 15-minute drive away. Though, Mandalay Bay, Rainbow Casino, and other big-name spots are within driving distance.
- Closest Town: Whitney, NV (2 mi)
- Specs: 379 back-in and pull-through RV sites, one cottage, full hookups, open year-round, max RV length of 100 feet
- Amenities: Pool, laundry, restrooms, 24-hour courtesy patrol, fitness center, spa, pet area, free Wi-Fi, clubhouse, propane for sale, picnic tables
- Reservations: Yes, visit bookingsus.newbook.cloud/… or call (866) 846-5432
- Address: 3890 S Nellis Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89121 (Map)
Las Vegas KOA Journey at Sam’s Town (7 miles)
This is a unique KOA setup in that it’s actually two KOAs in one. While the Journey at Sam’s Town is the name on the sign, there’s a second half of the park: Las Vegas KOA North Section. Located just about a half mile apart, it’s easy to get from one section of the park to the other. The Journey at Sam’s Town has more of the amenities, but you won’t have trouble accessing them from the north side.
- Closest Town: Whitney, NV (2 mi)
- Specs: 307 back-in and pull-through RV sites, full hookups, dump station, open year-round, 70-foot max RV length
- Amenities: Restrooms, showers, laundry, grills, propane for sale, cable TV, pool, dog park, Wi-Fi, hot tub, communal BBQ area
- Reservations: Yes, visit koa.com/campgrounds/… or call (800) 562-7270
- Address: 5225 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV 89122 (Map)
Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort (11 miles)
Want to step into Casablanca? While it may not be a thought that had crossed your mind before, Oasis will show you what you’ve been missing. Blending the best of Las Vegas and Casablanca themes, this luxurious stop offers immaculately manicured spots and a new concierge service to help you maximize your experience.
Unique to this location is an 18-hole putting green so you can keep up on your short game after a long day of exploring. While Oasis is pet-friendly, those who don’t come with pets in tow have the option of staying in the non-pet section for a quieter experience.
- Closest Town: Enterprise, NV (4 mi)
- Specs: 739 RV sites, full hookups, open year-round with rates dependent on the day of the week and time of year, dump station
- Amenities: Fitness center, convenience store, administration building, Hollywood Room, restaurant on-site, two pools, hot tub, laundry, restrooms, shower, propane, 18-hole putting course, 24-hour courtesy patrol, complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor games
- Reservations: Yes, visit oasislasvegasrvresort.com/… or call (800) 566-4707
- Address: 2711 W Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89123 (Map)
Red Rock Canyon Campground (18 miles)
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area only has one developed campground, but it’s worth trying to get a spot here. While it’s a “developed” campground, the amenities here are minimal. There are vault toilets as well as potable water spigots throughout the camp, but that’s about it.
It’s the perfect choice for those looking to feel the vast openness of the Nevada desert without being too far from the city. While there are a handful of RV sites, tent campers have a much better chance of grabbing a site here.
- Closest Town: Summerlin South, NV (6 mi)
- Specs: 53 standard tent sites, six RV sites, seven group sites, no hookups, open from the beginning of September to the end of May
- Amenities: Picnic tables, tent pads, grills, fire rings, shaded picnic area in all group sites and some individual sites, vault toilets, potable water, pet-friendly
- Reservations: Yes, visit recreation.gov/…
- Address: Moenkopi Loop, Las Vegas, NV 89161 (Map)
Las Vegas Bay Campground (23 miles)
Don’t think that you’ll be without adequate shade just because you’re camping in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This campground in the western part of the NRA offers some of the best-shaded campgrounds throughout all of Lake Mead. Get ready to enjoy long days in the shade of the palm, oleander, and cottonwood trees that line your campsite.
While almost all campgrounds are reservable, campers who couldn’t get a reservation aren’t without hope. Las Vegas Bay leaves two campgrounds as first come, first served, but you’ll want to get there early to snag a spot.
- Closest Town: Henderson, NV (10 mi)
- Specs: 87 tent and RV sites, no hookups, open year-round, dump station
- Amenities: Potable water, Wi-Fi, campfire rings, grills, cell phone service, flush toilets, pet-friendly
- Reservations: Yes, visit recreation.gov/…; Campsites 1 and 2 are first come, first served
- Address: Boulder City, NV 89005 (Map)
Boulder Beach Campground (30 miles)
If you don’t get a spot at Las Vegas Bay, Boulder Beach is the other Lake Mead campground with good shade around each site. It’s also a larger option with more amenities, providing the most comfortable experience in the Lake Mead NRA. RV campers will still want to note that hookups aren’t available.
- Closest Town: Boulder City, NV (5 mi)
- Specs: 135 tent and RV sites, 5 group sites, no hookups, open year-round, dump station
- Amenities: Campfire rings, flush toilets, potable water, cell phone service, fish cleaning station, campground host, picnic tables, Wi-Fi, grills, pet-friendly
- Reservations: Yes, visit recreation.gov/… Campgrounds 1-9 are first come, first served
- Address: 268 Lakeshore Rd, Boulder City, NV 89005 (Map)
Callville Bay Campground (30 miles)
Callville Bay is a smaller campground located near a short hiking trail that allows you some of the best views in the area. While just 2.7 miles, this is a moderately strenuous hike, so make sure you’re adequately prepared during warmer times of the year. There’s a café within walking distance of the campground.
It’s located on a marina, but you’ll only be able to enjoy the lake by boat, with hourly rentals available. Swimming and fishing aren’t allowed, though you’ll have access to backcountry trails. Anglers are encouraged to hike into the backcountry and use other fishing spots in the area.
- Closest Town: Henderson, NV (22 mi)
- Specs: 52 tent and RV sites, no hookups, one year-round, dump station
- Amenities: Potable water, cell phone service, flush toilets, grills, pet-friendly, campfire rings
- Reservations: Yes, visit recreation.gov/…; Campgrounds 1 and 2 are first come, first served
- Address: Overton, NV 89040 (Map)
Lake Mead RV Village (30 miles)
Looking to stay in the Las Vegas area but not be too near the noise? Park your trailer at the Lake Mead RV Village to have resort-level conveniences without having to head into the city. With breathtaking views of the local area, you’ll be able to enjoy your morning coffee while taking in the scenery of the lake and local mountains. If you want to get out onto the lake, you’ll find a boat launch about a mile from the RV village.
- Closest Town: Boulder City, NV (5 mi)
- Specs: 115 RV sites, full hookups, open year-round
- Amenities: Wi-Fi at most sites, propane for sale, two meeting rooms, outdoor sports area, BBQ, convenience store on-site, 24-hour laundry facility, nearby launch ramp
- Reservations: Yes, visit lakemeadmohaveadventures.com/… or call (702) 293-2540
- Address: 268 Lakeshore Rd #2, Boulder City, NV 89005 (Map)
Fletcher View Campground (36 miles)
West of Las Vegas lies the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, a vast expanse of wilderness with dispersed and established campgrounds to choose from. This campground is a part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, within that forest.
While dispersed camping is free on select federal land, the Fletcher View Campground offers a number of services and amenities unavailable to primitive campers, including electric hookups and paved walking trails. It’s open year-round, but note that the monsoon season is from mid-July to mid-September. Reservations made during that time may get canceled for weather.
- Closest Town: Las Vegas, NV (36 mi)
- Specs: Nine RV and tent sites, two group RV and tent sites, electric hookups, open year-round
- Amenities: Picnic tables, flush toilets, potable water, grills, fire rings
- Reservations: Odd-numbered campsites can be reserved at recreation.gov/…; even-numbered campsites are first-come, first-serve
- Address: Forest Rd, Mt Charleston, NV 89124 (Map)
Hilltop Campground (40 miles)
Another offering in the Spring Mountain Recreation Area, this larger site is better for tent campers than RV travelers. While sites fit up to 30 feet, there’s a recommended maximum length of 25 feet or less due to tight roads through the campground.
You can navigate this area with minimal trouble if you’re a confident driver and piloting a smaller rig. For RV campers who don’t fit these qualifications, it’s best to choose another option. With only 23 of the 35 total sites accessible to RVs, tent campers have a better chance of grabbing a spot here anyway.
- Closest Town: Las Vegas, NV (40 mi)
- Specs: 23 tent and RV sites, 12 tent-only sites, open from mid-May to the beginning of November, no hookups, max trailer, 25-foot maximum recommended length
- Amenities: Campfire rings, picnic tables, tend pads, hiking trails nearby
- Reservations: Odd-numbered campsites can be reserved at recreation.gov/… Even-numbered campsites are first come, first served
- Address: Las Vegas, NV 89166 (Map)
There’s a wealth of choices for camping near Las Vegas. While RV travelers have several options in town, those looking to experience the beauty of the Nevada desert are better served away from the city, pitching a tent under the stars.
For those camping out during the wintertime, there are some ski areas near-ish to Las Vegas, including Lee Canyon only an hour’s drive. Other resorts can be found 3 to 4 hours out from the Strip.