Water Canyon Recreation Area, Nevada

Top Pic: Sunset as seen through a dust storm settling in the valley below us.

We found a great campsite in Water Canyon BLM. The campsites are scattered along the road & creek. We took the first site. Looking up the canyon, only one other RV is insight.

Water Canyon - BLM, near Winnemucca, NV: Site #not numbered (10 RV sites total) - This site has: no hookups. Campground Notes: vault toilets • no dump station available • creek access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 5414’ elevation. Apr 11th - 13th. Miles driven: 130 miles (tap on mileage to see route & elevation change).

• No Reservations.
• Free.
• No dump station.
• Vehicles tend drive very fast on the road ignoring 20 mph speed limit.

Overall Experience: Smile

We've been to a heck of a lot of campgrounds but have never seen this rule before.

Local Flavor – Area Businesses We Enjoyed & Recommend
Toasted Tavern With a name like that, we just had to try it. Varied food menu, along with a few veggie options. Generous servings and friendly service. Only a couple of microbrews, but they are served in 24 oz mugs.
Khoury's Excellent selection & quality of fresh produce. Nice to find when you're on the road.

The Water Canyon Recreation Area is a beautiful outdoor destination located near the town of Winnemucca, Nevada. This area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and offers a variety of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.

Situated almost 2,000 feet above Winnemucca, the canyon provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including the nearby Ruby Mountains.

Here are some key features and activities you can expect at the Water Canyon Recreation Area:

  • Camping: There are designated camping sites available for overnight stays.
  • Picnicking: Enjoy a meal surrounded by nature at one of the scenic picnic spots.
  • Hiking: Explore the beauty of the area through various hiking trails.
  • Biking: Bring your own bike and cycle through the picturesque terrain.
  • ATV Use: For those interested in off-road adventures, there are limited areas where you can ride ATVs.

One of the main highlights of this recreation area is the Water Canyon Trail, a challenging 7.5-mile hike that offers incredible natural scenery and opportunities for wildlife sightings.

If you prefer exploring by car, the dirt roads within the area are generally well-maintained unless it has been raining heavily. However, it's important to exercise caution as some parts might still be muddy or slippery.

For ATV enthusiasts seeking more thrill, there are also specific trails available with steep hills and obstacles to overcome.

Whether you're a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a peaceful getaway, the Water Canyon Recreation Area has something for everyone. Plan your visit today to experience Nevada's breathtaking high desert landscape firsthand.

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