Virgin Mountains Primitive Camping area offers dispersed camping on BLM managed land in Southern Nevada where it would be hard to run into another person. The area is known for rugged desert terrain and wide-open spaces back by jagged mountains. There are a handful trails and dirt roads that wind through the area. This remote area is home desert dwellers like coyotes, snakes, scorpions, and the occasional tarantula.

There are no developed campgrounds here in the Virgin Mountains Primitive Camping area, you are free to camp anywhere you can find a spot, but try and camp where someone else previously camped. The Virgin Mountains are located in the Mojave Desert which often has extreme conditions. Camping here in the summer time is not recommended. Be prepared for a harsh environment and bring plenty of water. Developed camping is available 20 miles from Mesquite, Nevada at the Virgin River Canyon Campground.

Virgin Mountains Primitive Camping Features

Campground Type: Primitive, Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Unlimited
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Very Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 36.658249, -114.112837
Nearest City/Town: Mesquite, Nevada
Elevation: 500 – 2300 Feet
Location: Clark County, Nevada
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 20+ Miles to Mesquite, Nevada
Directions: Heading north on I-15 toward Mesquite take exit for Bunkerville. Drive over the concrete Virgin River bridge, turn left and head towards mountains for dispersed primitive camping.

Pack List


Phone: 702-515-5000
Web: Bureau of Land Management – Southern Nevada District Office
Reservations: Not Accepted – First-come/First-Served

When To Go

Spring & Fall – Spring and Fall offer the best weather, not too hot, and not too cold.

Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 10/16 0%
High 74° / Low 53°
Partly Cloudy
Considerable clouds this morning. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 74F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 10/17 0%
High 76° / Low 52°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 76F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.
Thursday 10/18 0%
High 78° / Low 51°
Sunny skies. High 78F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 10/19 0%
High 82° / Low 55°
A mainly sunny sky. High 82F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 10/20 0%
High 85° / Low 60°
Sunny. High near 85F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday 10/21 30%
High 80° / Low 60°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered clouds with the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm developing during the afternoon. High around 80F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

What To Do

Hiking – There are hiking trails available within the Virgin Mountains area.

Off-Roading – There are numerous Jeep trails in the area that vary in difficulty.

Hiking Guides

Image Credits: Ken Lund via Flickr

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