With its deserts, mountains, rivers, and national preserves, Nevada generates a sense of wonder for RVers. As you travel through the Silver State, you'll see vast swaths of land where the horizon stretches forever before being suddenly interrupted by large cities such as Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno.
The Class C Motorhome is the most popular RV to rent in Nevada. These units include kitchen appliances like ranges, microwaves, and refrigerators. Beds are imaginably distributed throughout, sometimes sleeping as many as 10 or as few as two. These units may rent for as little as $129 per day, like the 24-foot Gulf Stream Conquest that sleeps six.
The second-most popular RV rented in Nevada is the travel trailer. These units are self-contained with many of the same accouterments as the Class C Motorhome. The advantage of these units is that travelers can park them in an RV campground and explore the surrounding area with their tow vehicle. The travel trailer is generally cheaper than the motorhome, with the smaller versions such as the 22-foot Keystone RV Hideout that sleeps four renting for $90 per night.
Las Vegas, the largest and most famous city in Nevada, began as a sleepy village limited in size by a lack of water. After the creation of Hoover Dam, the lack of water became a moot issue, and new industries—gambling and entertainment—attracting thousands of visitors to the area inspired immense growth and created an incredible array of businesses and amenities, including:
Henderson is the second-largest city in Nevada, with over 320,000 residents. However, it began as a small magnesium mining operation in the 1940s that supplied 25% of all magnesium toward the WWII effort. Today, Henderson is growing every year with new entertainment businesses, and it's a mecca for corporate offices. These large businesses generate the need for amenities including:
Reno, advertised as the “Biggest Little City in the World,” is the third-largest community in Nevada. Located in northwestern Nevada, the town receives most travelers from the Pacific Northwest and northern California areas. The city grew from humble beginnings as a supply depot for gold miners. Today, Reno is known for its large casino and entertainment establishments, drawing visitors from all over the world. Other businesses and amenities grew with the larger establishment creating:
The only national park inside Nevada is Great Basin National Park, located along the east-central border with Utah. The park is a desert, which, ironically, is also the location of the southernmost glacier in the northern hemisphere. Springing from the desert floor, Wheeler Peak reaches 13,063 feet, where its glacier clings to the summit. Visitors come to the park seeking its solitude, the silence, and the fantastic night sky. More than 60 miles of established hiking trails run through the park, and hikers are welcome to roam little-known pathways in search of sightings of wildlife, wildflowers, and petroglyphs.
The nearest national parks to the Las Vegas area lie in Utah and California. Located 158 miles to the northeast from Las Vegas, Zion National Park preserves a 15-mile-long, half-mile deep canyon. A striking feature of the park is the narrowest section of the gorge through which the Virgin River flows. Walking “The Narrows” is considered an iconic, once-in-a-lifetime event that draws visitors from all over the country. The entire area is a collection of canyons, spires, cliffs, and buttes that challenge rock climbers with epic ascents.
To the west, across the California border, is Death Valley National Park. With the eastern entrance to the park only 130 miles west of Las Vegas, the park is an easy two-hour drive through the desert. Many RV travelers visit this park understanding that it is the hottest, driest, and least hospitable place worldwide. Yet this park's gorgeous views, challenging terrain, and awe-inspiring life draw visitors to its fragile terrain in flocks.
Situated 150 miles north of Las Vegas on the Nevada-Utah border, Beaver Dam State Park is a 2,000-acre site consisting of thick forests, rocky outcrops, wild streams, warm springs, and deep canyons. It is very remote but offers 35 campsites for RV visitors seeking incredible views, excellent fishing, and over 10 miles of hiking trails.
Also on the Nevada-Utah border, the 1,600-acre Cathedral Gorge State Park presents dramatic landscapes of eroded bentonite clay making rugged buff-colored cliffs with incredible spires. There are 22 campsites available for RV travelers venturing into the desert to discover these stunning views, miles of hiking trails, and unusual wildlife like kangaroo rats, kit foxes, and black-tailed jackrabbits.
Only 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire State Park protects 46,000 acres of ancient Aztec sandstone formations. The area was a curiosity long before European explorers and pioneers stumbled across the site as is evidenced by many petroglyphs in the park. During the day, the sun splashing off the rocks shimmers, giving the impression of fire. Hiking trails lead visitors to heights where the swirling pattern in the sandstone below blends into a flow of colors. A visitor center provides vital information on the formations found in the park with exhibits explaining the geological sources involved.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 15 miles west of Las Vegas, is one of the principal landmarks in Nevada. More than 3 million people visit these sandstone cliffs that average 3,000 feet high each year. The tallest peak, La Madres Mountain, reaches 8,154 feet and is a favorite for rock climbers and photographers. More than 600 examples of desert flora exist in this area along with wild burrows, jackrabbits, and an occasional bighorn sheep.
A significant Nevada landmark is the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. Erected in 1959, this sign has greeted millions of visitors over the years. Long lines of people seeing Las Vegas for the first time wait their turn to take a photo before this iconic sign.
Few realize that the first developers in Las Vegas were Mormons who set up camp and raised structures as early as 1855, one of them being a fort. Today, it is known as the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. The facilities are the remains of the original buildings and hold many artifacts resurrected from the desert of early pioneering efforts in the Las Vegas area. A visitor center has exhibits, old photos, diaries, and many more memorabilia pieces that bring the early times into perspective.
Enjoy resort living while camping in an RV at the Las Vegas RV Resort. This resort with 318 RV sites reserves 150 full hookup campsites for temporary guests that are 18 years old and above. Each site is 30 feet wide and can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet without a problem. An elegant, heated pool and hot tubs have incredible views of the neighboring mountains. An exercise room and rec hall with an impressive game room are available for all guests.
Desert Sands RV Park in Henderson provides an escort to your choice of 237 RV campsites, 207 of which have gravel pads and 30 of which have paved pads. Maintenance personnel ensure that guests are connected to the full hookup system, WiFi, and metered propane. A control access gate and patrols by staff provide a safe and secure community. The facility is next to downtown Henderson with access to all the city's shows, casinos, and restaurants.
Visitors enjoy staying at the fully powered Grand Sierra Resort and Casino RV Park in Reno. With 165 campsites to choose from alongside a significant casino, this RV park is the most prestigious in northwest Nevada. The extra amenities are excellent, with highly rated restaurants, saunas, bars, and entertainment centers right next door. The Truckee River runs beside the park, where anglers are free to fish from the banks. A mini-golf course, driving range, and putting green add fun to the adventure.
While planning an RV trip in Nevada, it is a good idea to be aware of the location of public dump stations along the way. Visitors often find themselves staying in remote sections of the state, enjoying the natural wonders found there. Pioche City Park in Pioche, NV, is free to all users and is close to the Great Basin Highway, making it easy to get to and from the facility. To find more facilities, try this list of dump stations in Nevada.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Nevada?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Nevada from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Nevada?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.