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Toiyabe National Forest covers 3,171,705 acres near Reno, NV. The word “Toiyabe” means a mountain in the Shoshone language. It was designated as a national forest in 1907. Also known as Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest, this forest is spread over several counties in Nevada and California, is one of the largest forests in the United States, and encompasses 24 wilderness areas. The most notable natural attractions within the forest include caves, lakes, creeks, and canyons.
Spanning 6,306,777 acres of land near Reno, Toiyabe National Forest is jam-packed with outdoor recreation and wonderful scenery. Over five million six hundred acres are spread in Nevada, while 649,083 acres are in Eastern California. As you would expect, such a vast forest touches several cities far from each other. So, regardless of the direction, you are coming from, you can always find a major city around. Nearby cities, including Las Vegas and Carson City, offer affordable RV rentals. Outdoor enthusiasts will find tons of activities in this vast forest. The most popular recreation includes birding, hiking, fishing, birding, rock climbing, mountain biking, wildlife watching, and picnicking. Rent an RV in Reno in winter to enjoy snowmobiling, skiing, and snowshoeing.
With 1,741 miles of trails, Toiyabe National Forest is a hiking paradise. Four national recreation trails meander through the forest, including Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail, Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail, Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail, and The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
Wildlife viewing is as popular as hiking. Animals found here include bighorn sheep, wild horses, deer, and elk. Birders can spot yellow warblers, hawks, and eagles.
With so many scenic byways traversing the forest, this place is no doubt a nature lovers haven. While here, don’t miss driving your travel trailer rental along the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway. Considered as one of the most scenic byways in the forest, this road passes through the lush green scenery giving RVers breathtaking views of the towering canyon walls, mountains, alpine lakes, and waterfalls. Other scenic driving areas passing through Toiyabe National Forest include parts of Lake Tahoe Eastshore Drive, Angel Lake Scenic Byway, Kyle Canyon Road, and Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway.
When you are looking for a place to park your RV rental, there are nearly 70 campgrounds within the Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest. About three-quarters of the campsites are found within the Toiyabe National Forest section of the forest.
Located near Bridgeport, CA Bootleg Campground offers 63 campsites. Nestled within the Walker Canyon and along West Walker River, this campground has restrooms, drinking water, and fire rings.
Fletcher View Campground in Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is yet another campground to check out when you come with your campervan rental. Located in Nevada’s side near Mount Charleston, Fletcher View Campground is one of the few campgrounds offering electric hookups in Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest. This 12-site campground provides amenities such as central water spigots, picnic tables, and grills. Other popular campgrounds include Big Bend Campground, Thomas Canyon Campground, and Angel Lake Campground.
Because of the large forest size, you’ll find many cities where you can rent an RV on both California’s and Nevada’s sides. While it is very easy to spend your entire RV rental vacation exploring Toiyabe National Forest, the nearby cities have lots of nice attractions awaiting your arrival.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, this region has plenty of museums, skiing resorts, wildlife habitats and parks scattered throughout. The accessibility and nearness of attraction largely depend on the point you are accessing the forest from. But as long as you have your motorhome rental, you have the flexibility of accessing different attractions based on your interests.
Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of the best places to visit when you book a camper rental near Las Vegas. Nature lovers will fall in love with the colorful display of lush gardens, sculptures, flowers, plants, and fountains. Another place you can check out with your motorhome rental is the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Visitors can see interesting exhibits such as dinosaur fossils, Egyptian mummy, and shark teeth. In addition, there are interactive exhibits for kids.
Should you be traveling with kids during your RV rental trip, be sure to check out Grand Adventure Land. There are fun attractions, such as go-karts, rides, and mini-golf. If your family prefers animals, drive your motorhome rental and see what's happening at the Sierra Safari Zoo. Animals spotted here include deer, tigers, monkeys, camels, and lemurs, so don't forget your camera!