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.
Tuesday 10/16 0%
High 74° / Low 53°
Considerable clouds this morning. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 74F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday 10/17 0%
High 76° / Low 52°
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.
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.
Image Credits: Ken Lund via Flickr