Tunnel Spring Wilderness
Guide

Introduction

Consisting of just over 5,000 acres, Tunnel Springs Wilderness is one of the Bureau of Land Management's smaller areas of land. Even so, you will find deep canyons, mountains covered by tall pine trees, and more. You'll find Tunnel Springs Wilderness near Beaver Dam State Park in Nevada. This is a great place to visit if you're looking to get away from the bright lights and loud noises of Las Vegas. The elevation in Tunnel Springs Wilderness ranges from around 5,000 feet to nearly 7,000 feet.

Many visitors of Tunnel Springs Wilderness enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and watching for wildlife. Speaking of which, you'll likely see a mountain lion, mule deer, or a coyote if you stay long enough.

Visitors of Tunnel Springs Wilderness enjoy staying at one of the nearby campgrounds. These offer a beautiful place to rest your head and get some sleep after an exhausting day exploring Tunnel Springs. Whether you're looking for a great place for a solo adventure or you're after an amazing location to bring the whole family for your next vacation, Tunnel Springs is worth looking into.

RV Rentals in Tunnel Spring Wilderness

Transportation

Driving

Whether you're a visitor of Nevada or you're a local, Tunnel Springs Wilderness is an amazing place to visit. It is located directly east of Crystal Springs, Nevada near the border of Utah. Since it is located in such a desolate area, the easiest way to get there is by using directions for Beaver Dam National Wash Conservation Area, as it is directly south of the wilderness. Surprisingly, you won't experience too much rough terrain on your way there.

There are a few sharp curves on the drive up the mountain. As long as you take your time and be patient, you'll reach Tunnel Springs Wilderness with no problem. Once you arrive, you will notice that the terrain is quite hilly. There are valleys that horseback riders take advantage of. The rugged terrain along the hills and mountains make this the perfect area to hike. While the majority of people get around on foot, some choose to ride horses as their mode of transportation.

Near Tunnel Springs Wilderness, people also have fun riding off-highway vehicles. Though this is not permitted within Tunnel Springs Wilderness, it could be useful information to know. Due to its location, when visiting Tunnel Springs Wilderness, you won't have to worry about extreme weather such as blizzards or thunderstorms.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Tunnel Spring Wilderness

Campsites in Tunnel Spring Wilderness

First-come first-served

Beaver Dam State Park

The first campground you can stay at while visiting Tunnel Springs Wilderness is Beaver Dam State Park. This state park is open 365 days a year and you will be able to get a campsite on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to how large it is, Beaver Dam State Park is in both Nevada and Utah. Every campsite has its own picnic table, fire ring, and a parking spot. This state park also offers vault toilets for campers.

It is important to note that drinking water is only available from Spring until the end of fall. Campers can stay at Beaver Dam State Park for up to two weeks straight per month. One of the best things about camping here is that the campsites aren't near each other, so you won't have to worry about rowdy neighbors. If you're traveling with kids, they may enjoy that this campground has yard games such as beanbags and horseshoes.

Baker Reservoir Recreation Area

The second camping area that you can enjoy goes by the name of Baker Reservoir Recreation Area. It is located in Utah, near the border of Nevada. There are campsites available for RVs, tents, and hammock campers. There are 16 campsites in total, each available on a first-come, first-served basis. It may be important to note for RV campers that there are no hookups available.

There's also a limit of 25 feet for trailers and RV lengths. This campground is open from the beginning of spring until the beginning of winter. Many people enjoy camping here for the views. There are mountains all around as well as bodies of water nearby. This is the perfect place to visit if you're looking for space to get away from the busy city life. Baker Reservoir Recreation Area doesn't have a lot of campsites available, which makes it nice and quiet for those who stay there.

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Last but not least, you'll be able to rest your head at Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. This is a campground that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and it offers affordable camping for locals and visitors. There are 11 campsites here that are all available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each of these 11 campsites is equipped with a picnic table. You will also find flushing toilets and water available.

It may be important to note that there are no hookups available for RV campers. People who camp here enjoy a plethora of activities including hiking, looking for dinosaur tracks, and watching wildlife in their natural habitat. There is a lot of room available for campers at Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and it never feels too crowded. You may want to camp here during the spring or autumn due to the hot weather during the summer.

Seasonal activities in Tunnel Spring Wilderness

In-Season

Horseback Riding

One of the main peak season activities that visitors of Tunnel Springs Wilderness enjoy is horseback riding. This is a great way to see the beauty of Tunnel Springs Wilderness. Since there aren't any stables nearby, you will need to bring your own horses and any necessary riding equipment.

Tunnel Springs Wilderness makes it easy to pull up your horse trailer and hit the trails. Because of Nevada's heat, it is important that you bring enough water for both you and your horse.

Fishing

Another great outdoor activity that people visiting Tunnel Springs Wilderness enjoy is fishing. There are several creeks, rivers, and streams nearby. If you're traveling with an angler, this activity is a must. The more common fish you're likely to catch are black bullheads, northern pike, trout, smallmouth bass, perch, and walleye. This is a laid back activity that the entire family can enjoy at just about any time of year! Be sure to bring your own fishing equipment.

Hunting

Tunnel Spring Wilderness is also a great destination for those who enjoy hunting. You may get the opportunity to hunt antelope, turkey, elk, or a rabbit.

First off, whether you're a local or visitor, it is important to have the proper licenses and certification for hunting in Nevada. You could easily get this online. It's also important to note that Nevada does not allow hunting in national parks. Be sure to pick up any shells or empty cartridges that come out of your weapon.

Off-Season

Wildlife Viewing

A popular off-season activity that visitors of any age enjoy is wildlife viewing. Tunnel Springs Wilderness has a variety of different animals available to see in their natural habitat. You may see a fox, a wild turkey, or even an elk. If you're interested in birdwatching, be sure to pack a pair of binoculars to get the best view possible. Kids will enjoy seeing different types of slithering snakes, fuzzy tarantulas, and frogs scurrying around the desert floor.

Photography

For the more creative individual, you may enjoy a bit of photography on your visit to Tunnel Springs Wilderness. You can include a DSLR while packing for your trip to make sure you get the best photos possible.

You can take pictures of the local wildlife, the beautiful landscape, or the group you're traveling with. Taking photos during your trip is a great way to make memories that your friends and family back home can see.

Picnicking

A fun off-season activity that people enjoy when visiting Tunnel Springs Wilderness is picnicking. This is a great way to get some rest after a long day of hiking or fuel up for a day filled with outdoor adventures.

This area of Nevada does have a No Trace Left Behind policy. This basically means that it is enforced for visitors to clean up after themselves to help preserve the area. There aren't any picnic tables available, but you can eat outside of your RV or lay a blanket down to immerse yourself in nature.

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