BLM Camping

Tabor Creek Campground

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for 1 in every 10 acres of land in the U.S.

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Nevada, the Tabor Creek Campground is a serene camping area on a stretch of federal land protected by the Bureau of Land Management. The quiet campground is one of many spots used for BLM camping. Found in a remote valley, Tabor Creek Campground offers its visitors affordable campsites, plenty of convenient outdoor recreation and fishing, and a beautiful desert setting. You may want to perform a search for "BLM camping near me" as you approach the area to see what options are available.

What to See and Do

What to See and Do

Hiking and BikingHiking and Biking

Twelvemile Hot Springs

This out-and-back trail is situated near Wells, NV and, as you may have guessed, will take you to some beautiful natural hot springs. The area also features a calm river and some truly magnificent scenery. The Twelvemile Hot Springs trail is an excellent choice if you enjoy solitude in nature as you probably won't come across too many other people. You can also bring your dogs along and even unleash them in certain sections of the trail.

Length: 4 miles

Intensity: Moderate

Winchell Lake Trail

The Winchell Lake Trail traverses a wooded, mountainous area near Wells. The trail features several steep climbs, so make sure that you're prepared for some physical exertion. Livestock animals have been known to roam the area, so visitors should expect to share the trail with a few cattle. The trail is relatively long, so if you're planning to trek the full out-and-back route, be sure to allot most of the day.

Length: 6.8 miles

Intensity: Moderate

Secret Starr Trail

The Secret Starr Trail is a moderately challenging out-and-back trail within the East Humboldt Wilderness. The trail traverses an area of varying elevation with some significant climbs and descents, but the gorgeous views of the mountainous region are consistent throughout. Although there is greenery in the area, you'll find very little shade, so pack plenty of sunscreen and water.

Length: 5.2 miles

Intensity: Moderate

Fishing and BoatingFishing and Boating

The Tabor Creek Campground is a popular destination for local residents and travelers who enjoy fishing. The on-site Tabor Creek is periodically stocked with rainbow trout, so anglers shouldn't have any problem catching a few good-sized fish. The creek is relatively narrow and shallow, so it likely doesn't provide a great opportunity for paddling or floating. Most anglers tend to cast their lines from the shore.


Although rock climbing opportunities are few and far between in the area surrounding Tabor Creek Campground, visitors will encounter several significant peaks. If you're looking for a summiting adventure, one option is Loomis Peak to the east. The impressive mountain stands 8,658 feet tall and is one of several large peaks in the area. Other local options for adventurous climbers and skilled hikers are Stormy Peak and Forleen Butte.

Wildlife ViewingWildlife Viewing

Like most stretches of the Nevada desert, the area near Tabor Creek Campground is home to a variety of creatures equipped for the arid environment. While exploring, camping, or fishing around the BLM site, you might observe coyotes, bobcats, or mountain lions. There's also a good chance you'll spot grazing pronghorn antelope, mule deer, or elk. Several different species of fox and many small mammals have also been frequently seen in the region.


In the desert setting of northeastern Nevada, you won't find too many more peaceful spots to enjoy a picnic than Tabor Creek Campground. The site, which enjoys pleasant proximity to the calm waters of Tabor Creek, features picnic tables, fire rings, and on-site vault toilets. Of course, you can take a picnic blanket and set up your own site wherever you wish in the area, but there's really no reason to stray far from the serenity of the campground.


Bureau of Land Management Camping

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Visitors to the Tabor Creek Campground are free to enjoy some BLM RV camping. The campground boasts 10 campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the campsites are of the primitive variety, and you won't have access to RV hookups or modern amenities. The Tabor Creek Campground is extremely remote, so you won't find other Bureau of Land Management campgrounds nearby. If finding a campground with electrical, water, and sewage hookups is a priority, you'll likely need to drive about 12 miles south to the town of Wells. There, you could stay at Mountain Shadows RV Park or Angel Lake RV Park.

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For anyone who doesn't stay at one of the established sites within the Tabor Creek Campground, dispersed camping is the only other nearby option. If that's your preference, you can enjoy Bureau of Land Management free camping by traveling in either direction along the creek and searching for a comfortable spot. You should find more than enough space and numerous options for where to hunker down.

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Planning Your Trip

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Planning your Tabor Creek Campground BLM trip

When you visit the Tabor Creek Campground, you'll be roughly 10 miles away from any sort of significant town. You likely won't have cellular service nor any convenient options for food, water, or equipment of any kind. Make an effort to plan ahead so that your RV is fully stocked for emergencies. If you're visiting during the summer months, bring several extra gallons of drinking water and anything else that you need to cope with extreme heat. Before you head out on your trip, check out our blog for all you need to know about BLM camping.

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To ensure that the Tabor Creek Campground is open for many years to come, the BLM requires that all visitors to the site follow the Leave No Trace guidelines. To do your part, all you need to do is clean up any mess you create, plan your travel and activities in advance, and respect the land, wildlife, and your fellow campers. In terms of camping-specific guidelines, please camp only on durable land and avoid letting campfires grow too large. Thank you for helping to keep the Tabor Creek Campground clean and beautiful.

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Tabor Creek Campground Location

To reach Tabor Creek Campground from the town of Wells, drive north on Upper Metropolis Road for approximately 30 miles. Follow the signs for Tabor Creek, and they will lead you right to the BLM campground.

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