Sick of all the hustle and bustle of the big cities? Want to hide away for a few days? Beaver Dam State Park is in the middle of nowhere. Just over an hour from Caliente, three and a half hours from Vegas, and two hours from St. George, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more seclusion than this, but the beauty of the park and nature viewing is worth the trip.
Beaver Dam State Park has a history of disaster. In the early to mid-1930s, the CCC dammed up the area and started construction on the land building amenities and trails for visitors. Storms and faulty manufacturing caused the dam to burst and flood out the park two times in its history, so now the land has reclaimed the park. This makes it a secluded destination for campers who like remote destinations away from civilization.
Don’t you think it’s time for a little seclusion? You deserve to rest. Unplug. Get away for awhile. Beaver Dam is a great place for fishing, hiking, and general wildlife viewing. Rent an RV in Lincoln County and discover Beaver Dam State Park.
Beaver Dam State Park campers claim that this park has some of the best rainbow trout fishing around. The Nevada Department of Wildlife stocks the streams in the area, so you’ll always have a good shot at catching something. Imagine tossing your line into the stream in complete seclusion. Sounds like a pretty relaxing way to spend the day.
Outdoor adventurers camping at Beaver Dam State Park can explore three trails. One of the more advanced trails takes you up to the crest of an overlook where there are 360 degrees of sightseeing over the canyon. An easier trail takes you down to the stream where you can do a bit of fishing. The last trail brings you to a majestic waterfall. A waterfall in the desert? What a pleasant surprise!
The desert is an amazing place for sightseeing. With a keen eye, you might be able to catch a glimpse of some deer, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, or jackrabbits. Just make sure to respect the wildlife since they are, in fact, wild. If birding is more your style, bring your binoculars. You just might see some turkeys or blue herons flying around.
Camping at Beaver Dam State Park
Two developed campgrounds at Beaver Dam State Park welcome guests camping in an RV or small trailer. The only amenities available here include fire pits and picnic tables. Hookups aren't available. All sites are primitive and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The closest alternative place to camp in an RV near Beaver Dam State Park is Kershaw-Smith State Park, located an hour and a half west. This park also has no electrical, water, or sewer hookups, and cell phone reception is spotty. However, this is a place to simply park your motorhome rental to give you a home base for your stay. Pets are allowed on a six-foot leash as long as they are under control. Coin-operated showers are available on-site. Each site also comes equipped with a picnic table, a fire ring, and a grill.
Exploring the Area
If the seclusion of nature starts to weigh on you and you’re ready for bright lights and air conditioning, think about taking a day trip south to Las Vegas. This round trip will definitely take all day, but if casinos, big shows, and celebrity sightings interest you, this trip is worth the drive. Try some of the most amazing food in the country at award-winning restaurants. See your favorite band, or hit it big at the blackjack tables. Marvel at the big entertainment culture that flows through this 24-hour city.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, a short two-hour drive from the park, you’ll find the lost city of Delmar, a modern-day ghost town. There's absolutely nothing there except for abandoned buildings and miles of open desert. This is a popular place to go if you want to take the ATV out on the sand. Like a level in a video game, you can explore the ins and outs of this ghost town on your four-wheeler. Just make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and refuel your RV rental so you can make it back to the RV park.
It seems that, in the desert, there's only Vegas, ghost towns, and UFOs. If you head far enough west, you’ll find Rachel, Nevada, which is the UFO capital of the world. Supposedly, this town is the closest populated area to the secret military extraterrestrial base, Area 51. This alien-themed town has fun diners, strange shops, and even an Alien Research Center. For a bit of fun and an otherworldly experience, check out the town of Rachel.
Be advised that the nearest gas station is a bit of a drive away. Once you get to Highway 93, you'll find a handful of them, so make sure your tank has enough gas to get you there. The nearest major roads back to civilization would be west towards 93 or east towards I-15. Both can take you down south towards the nearest big city, Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.