Nevada National Parks, USA
Nevada National Parks
Nevada is a state in the Western United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. Nevada is the 7th most extensive, the 32nd most populous, and the 9th least densely populated of the U.S. states.
There are four national park service sites in Nevada. Two of these sites, Death Valley National Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, are shared with California and Arizona, respectively.
Lake Powell & Monument Valley
Lake Powell sure packs a punch with 185 miles of water in which to boat and swim, plus millions of acres of desert to explore in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This vast playground was formed in the 1960s when a massive dam was built and flooded Glen Canyon. No matter the time of year, water lovers flock here for houseboating and swimming in the wonderfully warm waters, fishing in the springtime and hiking at North and South Lake come fall.
Nearby, Monument Valley offers an untrammeled wilderness, with the best views from Highway 163. With their brick-red spires and sandstone towers, some as tall as 1,200 feet, you’ll recognize these iconic views as soon as you see them. Wander the same land that was once home to Ancestral Puebloans, who vacated the area approximately 700 years ago.
To fully partake in the riches of Lake Powell and Monument Valley, you’ll travel with local, expert guides, who are able to grant entrée into otherwise inaccessible areas of the region. At Monument Valley Tribal Park, you’ll meet a personal Navajo guide, who will unveil this undeveloped landscape, including Elephant Butte, the Three Sister spires, Big Chief Monument and Sleeping Dragon Rock. Snap photos in the restricted-to-most-visitors Sun’s Eye Arch and some of the valley’s oldest Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs and pictographs.
Great Basin - Baker, NV
From the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, to the sage-covered foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place to sample the stunning diversity of the larger Great Basin region. Come and partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages. There's a whole lot more than just desert here!
Tule Springs Fossil Beds - Nevada
Mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and is ready to be discovered.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: No
Visa Requirement: No
Recommended Vaccinations: None
This Destination is Best For:
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: October to April