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|
|Use Level:||Very Low|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|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.|
|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.
Saturday 01/20 60%
High 52° / Low 32°
Chance of Rain
Steady light rain this morning. Showers continuing this afternoon. High 52F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday 01/21 0%
High 51° / Low 31°
Sunny. High 51F. Winds light and variable.
Monday 01/22 0%
High 54° / Low 37°
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 54F. Winds light and variable.
Tuesday 01/23 0%
High 58° / Low 38°
Sunny skies. High 58F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 01/24 0%
High 59° / Low 42°
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 59F. Winds light and variable.
Thursday 01/25 20%
High 60° / Low 36°
A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High near 60F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
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.
Image Credits: Ken Lund via Flickr