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Things to Do in Nevada

Cowboy Cave at Red Rock

Things to Do in Nevada

Unfortunately, when some people hear of Nevada the first thing that comes to their mind is either The Strip or Area 51. Nevada has so many things to do and see, the options are almost endless! 

We have state and National Parks, 36 lakes in Nevada, numerous rivers, 314 mountain ranges, over 300 hot springs, caves, wilderness areas, mountain biking trails, fishing, swimming holes, amazing off-roading, camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, backcountry, stargazing, desert wildlife, ghost towns, snow sports, and some really cool indoor offerings too (if you are into indoor things to do)!

WHEW! See…, you will never run out of really fun things to do while exploring our amazing state.

For me, the places I think of are either my favorite Valley of Fire State Park or Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, as both are my top places to explore.

Our terrain varies from open desert areas showcasing red sand and Aztec sandstone with hot summers to lush forested areas that have snow almost year-round!

In addition to our amazing outdoor activities, Nevada offers a lot of family-oriented and dog-oriented activities.

As I said, we do have a lot of amazing things to see and do in our state, and below are multiple lists to help you plan your next adventure!

Grab a seat, because the list of things to do in Nevada is long!

Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas

We group things to do and see by county, city, and zip code. Use the links below to find things to do by these filters (and please keep in mind, there is a lot to do and we are working hard to get everything posted).

We are very fortunate to have so many state parks and most are close to us or a short trip away.

Great Basin National park

Dramatic Mountains Rising Over an Alpine Stella Lake in Great Basin National Park in Nevada

National Parks in Nevada

Nevada has some amazing nationally recognized areas to explore and below are the National Landmarks, Monuments, Parks, Refuges, and more.

  1. Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Ash Meadows National Life Refuge
  3. Basin and Range National Monument
  4. Black Rock Desert–High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
  5. California National Historic Trail
  6. Death Valley National Park
  7. Desert National Wildlife Refuge
  8. Fallon National Wildlife Refuge
  9. Gold Butte National Monument
  10. Great Basin National Park
  11. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  12. Lunar Crater National Landmark
  13. Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  14. Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  15. Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
  16. Pony Express National Historic Trail
  17. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  18. Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  19. Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
  20. Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
  21. Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
  22. Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
  23. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument


Valley of Fire State Park Cabins

Nevada State Parks

Below are the Nevada State Parks and Recreation Areas listed together by county.

Cities in Nevada

Cities in Nevada

Our Silver State consists of 16 counties (1 independent city, Carson City), 19 cities, towns, and villages (There are 18 cities and 1 place with no legal descriptor, Carson City),  and 137 special districts.

There are way too many to list here on this page so we have them listed on their own page. 

Click here to view the Cities in Nevada.

Nevada Ghost Towns

Nevada is home to lots of ghost towns… over 600! Since there are so many, we compiled them by county.

Click here to view the complete list of Ghost Towns in Nevada.

Nevada Landforms

When most folks think of Nevada, they think of the barren desert with very little water or wildlife. Surprisingly, Nevada is home to a lot of gorgeous mountains, lakes, rivers, and so much more!!!

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Things to Do in Nevada