Outdoor Activities

Learn about the outdoor activities at your fingertips here in Nevada! Whether you want to go on your first hike or camping trip you’ll find the information you need here!

Click through the activities tab and the places to go tabs below to learn about different outdoor activities and places to visit!

Outdoor Activities

Click through the drop-downs listed here to learn more about all the different ways you can enjoy time spent outside here in Nevada!

Nevada is the most mountainous state in the lower 48 which for the backpacking community means a jaw-dropping volume of opportunities.


Road biking around the most beautiful lake in North America…check, mountain biking trails throughout the state…check, bike friendly towns check, trail systems… check. Nevada checks all the boxes for your biking needs!


Tent camping, glamping, RV camping, no matter what style you choose Nevada is full of camping opportunities. 

  • New to camping? Checkout the how to camp video series that the National Park Service has put together. Everything from what to do before the trip, to what to bring, to how to pick a campsite and more. 
  • Nevada’s state parks offer excellent camping opportunities for the whole family! Visit the Nevada State Parks webpage, click the filter by amenities dropdown and you will be able to filter through Nevada’s state parks to find exactly what you’re looking for. Find out which parks have ADA campsites, RV hookups, restrooms, bike trails and much more!
  • Are you looking for information on what the BLM has to say about camping on BLM managed public lands? Learn about developed campgrounds, dispersed camping and more here!
  • Do you want to reserve a campsite at a national park, a forest service campground, or a BLM campground? The Recreation.gov website is your one-stop-shop for all of that and more.  
  • Are you looking for private land camping opportunities? Checkout Hipcamp, it’s like Airbnb but for camping.

Nevada might be the driest state in the country but it’s also home to excellent fishing opportunities! Whether you’re looking for a stream, a high alpine lake or simply looking to catch you next meal, Nevada fishing is for you. See our fishing reports, maps, and a variety of other fishing resources and get out on the water today!

  • Are you new to fishing or has it been a while since you last went fishing? Not to worry! We have you covered with this How to Fish series from Take Me Fishing. You can learn about equipment, how to tie knots, different types of fishing and much more. It’s a great suite of tools to learn or re-learn the basics.  
  • Fish NV – this interactive map tool is your go-to resource to learn where all of Nevada’s 534 fishable waters are. 
  • Nevada’s Fishing Regulations – Learn everything you need to know about Nevada fishing regulations, license information, and boating information. 
  • NDOW fishing and stocking reports – scroll through this page and find regularly updated fishing and stocking reports for Nevada’s most popular fishing destinations. 
  • If you are looking for resources on how to catch and cook your next meal look no further than Hank Shaw’s Hunter Angler Gardener Cook website.

Nevada hosts a wide variety of hiking opportunities – whether you’re looking for a close to home stroll or a remote backcountry adventure, Nevada has something perfectly suited for you. Check out these helpful hiking resources. 

  • New to hiking? Don’t worry REI has put together a suite of hiking for beginners resources to help get you up to speed.  
  • All Trails – an interactive website that shares pictures, maps, and ratings for trails throughout the country. 
  • Travel Nevada’s top rated Nevada hiking trails!
  • Reno Hiking Trails – as pointed out to us by visit Reno-Tahoe.  
  • Want some great information on hiking in the Spring Mountains? See what hikes and trails information the Southern Nevada Conservancy has put together on their GO MT CHARLESTON website which has weekly updates for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.

Whether you’re new to hunting and looking into how to get started or the seasoned pro we have the hunting information you need.


Dirt bikes, side-by-sides, ATV’s no matter what you prefer if you’re an off-road enthusiast Nevada as something for you.

  • First and foremost, we want to recommend Off-Road Nevada as your premiere resource for everything off-roading here in the Silver State. 
  • One handy resource is the off-road trail maps Off-Road Nevada provides that can be downloaded before heading out. 
  • Follow this link to see off-road events that are on deck here in Nevada. 
  • Do you want to learn more about local club or associations near you? Check out this link and you will find a exhaustive list of groups found throughout the state.
Paddle Sports

Kayaking at Lake Mead, canoeing on the Truckee River, Paddleboarding across a beautiful cove on Lake Tahoe – no matter what your preference is if it’s Nevada paddle sports related information you’re looking for you’ve come to the right page. Grab your life jacket and let’s go!

Travel Nevada

If you know you want to travel here in the Silver State but you don’t know where you want to go or what you want to do Travel Nevada has the maps, insights, recommendations, and resources that you need to explore Nevada! Start with a broad survey of the landscape and checkout Nevada’s best outdoor recreation opportunities, look into recommended  family friendly activities, map out the perfect NV road trip, or follow this link to get your hands on the Nevada Magazine and Visitors Guide, Travel Nevada is an excellent resource for both residents and visitors alike!

Wildlife Viewing / Birding

Nevada is home to approximately 900 species including three species of bighorn sheep, many birds of prey (hawks, eagles, owls), the desert tortoise, and many others! If you’re interested in encountering these animals in the wild or perhaps just looking for more information on what animals are in your backyard, we are here to help you out!

Places to Go

Nevada is made up of over 80% public land so it’s full of places for you to enjoy and explore! Learn about the different types of places to go throughout the state here.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

67% of Nevada is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on your behalf for YOUR BENEFIT! Whether you’re interested in camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, rock hounding, off-roading, recreational shooting, or horseback riding learn more about the recreational opportunities you have available to you on BLM managed public land. 

United States Forest Service (USFS)

The United States Forest Service (FS) manages the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest which spans seven districts making up nearly 8% of Nevada! Forest Service managed public land offers you a variety of camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, backpacking and many other recreational opportunities that vary between each district. See the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest visitor’s guide or select from one of the seven district recreation information pages listed below.

Nevada State Parks

Nevada boasts 27 fantastic state parks managed by Nevada State Parks located throughout the state, each offering a variety of activities for you, your friends, and family. If you’re looking for camping, hiking and fishing opportunities in eastern Nevada Cave Lake might be your spot. If you’re more of a beachgoer wanting to visit Lake Tahoe Sand Harbor is your ticket. If you need something close to Las Vegas that is a camping, hiking, and rock climbing outpost, try Valley of Fire. If you’re ambitious enough, take on the Passport Challenge by picking up a free park passport before you hit the road! Get your Passport stamped at 15 different state parks and earn a free annual pass!

National Wildlife Refuges

Nevada is home to nine national wildlife refuges. Look no further than the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) website. The USFWS offers a searchable index of all our country’s national wildlife refuges as well as dedicated pages for 41 different types of recreational activities you can enjoy on USFWS managed lands! Each refuge is unique offering different recreational opportunities including some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in our state! Learn more about Nevada’s national wildlife refuges including maps, contact information and the variety of recreational opportunities each has to offer by visiting each refuge’s webpage listed below.

Wildlife Management Areas

There are 13 Wildlife Management Area’s managed by NDOW just waiting for you to come see! Birding, fishing, camping, and hunting are all activities to enjoy on Nevada Wildlife Management Areas. No matter where you live in Nevada there is a wildlife management area nearby that you need to visit!

National Parks

Nevada is home to a pair of incredible, can’t miss, national parks. If you head towards the southern border of the state, you will find Death Valley National Park which is famous for being the hottest place on planet Earth in the summer! In contrast to that Great Basin National Park is made up of a diverse montane landscape that is home to the oldest tree in the world. The National Park Service also manages the Lake Mead National Recreation Area which offers opportunities to have fun on the water, Hoover Dam, and incredible scenery!